Because a home addition significantly alters the home's original blueprint, preparing for a home addition is a different ballgame than preparing for any other home remodel. Homeowners and remodelers collaborate together to obtain surveys, permits, and floor plan documentation that is both functional for the family and meets the city’s jurisdictional ordinances. We’ve detailed the preparation phase for building home additions in Atlanta, GA, below.
Step One: Obtain a Survey of the Property
Before any building planning may occur, the home owner must obtain a survey of their property. Surveys provide critical information for building planning. They establish boundary lines between properties; reestablish contractual conditions between the home owner and their neighbors that may be found in title reports and other agreements; certify the legality of alterations made after initial construction and before the new addition; indicate the locations of underground cables and drains; and supply information on the home’s zoning jurisdiction and classification.
Step Two: The Architect Determines the Building Area
With the information from the survey in hand, the architect can proceed to determine the percentage of permeable property area based on the proposed home addition. The architect will also check current setback rules to determine the legal distance mandated between building structures and streets/adjacent properties. If the proposed home addition is too close to any of these, the city requires a variance in order for the remodeling company to proceed with the project.
(Variances are exemptions to municipal land development, zoning, and building code ordinances that allow home owners to build in areas not hitherto designated for building. Home owners may obtain a variance by submitting requests to zoning enforcement officers or building inspectors. You may read more about this process here.)
Step Three: The Architect Develops Floor Plans and Elevations
Once all jurisdictional rules have been determined and the proposed home addition is approved within these boundaries, the architect can proceed to develop floor plans and elevations along with a site plan to show how the addition will sit on the lot. If the addition is particularly large or complex, a structural engineer may also be brought in to provide details on footers, beam sizing, or any other necessary structural data.
Step Five: The Local Jurisdiction Provides Final Approval
Finally, the architect’s detailed floor plans, elevations, and structural propositions will be submitted to the local jurisdiction for final approval. Once approval is obtained, the construction can begin.
Step Six: What Happens on the Design Side?
While all this legal documentation, architectural planning, and jurisdictional approval are in progress, the finer details of the renovation are not neglected. During initial planning, the remodeling company’s designer will work with the home owner to prepare options and finalize any allowance selections such as tile, bath fixtures, cabinetry, lighting, and hardware.
Step Seven: Don’t Be Overwhelmed
The steps you’ll need to take to plan and obtain permits for your new home addition may appear complex, but the good news is that there’s no need to navigate them on your own. Working with an experienced and well-respected Atlanta, GA home remodeling company places the process in competent hands so that your end result is smooth, quick, and satisfactory.