Adding Onto Your Home Without Adding To Your Eco Impact
Over time, many homeowners discover that they are outgrowing their existing home. While relocating to a larger home with a more functional floor plan is one option, the fact is that adding onto your existing home may be more beneficial. However, you may be concerned about the environmental impact associated with making a new home addition. By focusing on a few factors, you can add onto your home with minimal impact on the environment.
Consider the Benefits of Building Up Rather Than Out
When you want to build a new addition to your home, you may consider how building up can reduce resources and materials needed in comparison to building outward. When you build outward, you will be disrupting the vegetation in your yard, and you may even need to take out a tree or two. In addition, you may need additional materials for everything from the foundation to the roof. When you build up, this impact is drastically reduced.
Think About Renovating an Attic or Basement
Renovating an attic or basement is a great idea if you have these spaces available and if they will meet your needs. If you need a bigger kitchen, these renovations will not be feasible for you. However, if you need more living space or bedrooms, these areas can be renovated without altering the frame or footprint of your home.
Pay Attention to Foundation Changes
When you build outward, you may need to have a new foundation built, but this is not always the case. With a sunroom or greenhouse addition, you may be able to use a different surface that negates the need to pour new cement for the foundation.
Work Within the Existing Framework
When possible, work within the existing framework of the house as much as possible. For example, if you have an area of the home that can be added onto with the construction of only two walls versus an area that will require three walls and a larger roof addition, the first option will be more cost-effective and will use fewer materials.
Each homeowner may have a unique idea in mind for an addition. An expert from SRK General Construction LLC recommends discussing your ideas with a contractor and asking for input on how best to proceed with your home additions. Generally, more cost-effective solutions are also more environmentally friendly due to fewer materials being used for the new home addition, but a skilled contractor can help you to compare the options more fully.