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American homeowners are increasingly looking to add to their home's size and its value as well. According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, the most popular remodeling jobs are new kitchens and room additions, and one of the most popular reasons for the work being done is to increase the home's value.
Since most home additions are beyond the realm of even skilled do-it-yourselfers, architects and builders are often directly responsible for a project's completion. But the onus for a project's success lies ultimately with the homeowner, since that is the person who hires the architect and/or builder, communicates design ideas to the professionals and makes the final decisions on most of the products and finishes to be installed.
To help you achieve the addition you envision, we asked three architects to identify common stumbling blocks and potential pitfalls associated with home additions, and to offer suggestions on how to complete a project successfully. Their advice is aimed at minimizing common problems and maximizing the return on your investment.
Know What You're Facing
When your home just doesn't suit your current needs, you typically have three options: remodel within the home's footprint, add living space or buy a new home. Across the country, people are increasingly turning to additions. The most popular home additions are master suites complete with a spacious bath and walk-in closets, an extensive kitchen remodel that usually opens into the living area while adding a dining nook, and an extra bedroom along with a separate bathroom. Many architects like that just fine.
Homeowners choose to go with additions because the work can often occur without any major disruption in their daily lives, says David Mullican, who owns his own small architecture firm in Galveston, Texas. They're also easier from the architect's standpoint, because we don't have to touch anything in the rest of the house until the end stages. We often don't even have to open the house up to the elements, as we can tie the addition into the existing house after it has been weatherproofed.
But there are times when additions don't make sense for the homeowner or architect. It's not a good thing for anyone involved when a project snowballs, goes over budget and grows beyond the existing home's capabilities, says Bill Nowysz, owner of William Nowysz Fri, 14 Sep 2007 00:00:00 Rob Fanjoy Energy Performance of Windows http://www.smart-homeowner.com/node/7756 http://www.efficientwindows.org .
This installment considered the energy use of windows in the typical home. In such a home, windows comprise roughly 15 percent of total wall area and are distributed without regard to orientation.
Passive solar and solar-tempered homes utilize higher percentages of glazing and concentrate the glazing on the south side. However, simply increasing the area of glazing and placing it all on a building's south side does little to reduce annual energy consumption. The result of all the extra glass was simply overheating on sunny days and excessive heat loss at night. What is required is a balance between glazed area and interior thermal mass to soak up the excess heat for release later. So in the next installment we will consider the rules for designing a passive solar home that works.