When it comes to home renovations, there are usually two main types. The first is a simple cosmetic makeover, such as refacing cabinets and changing light fixtures. The other type is the large-scale projects where you change the actual layout of your home.
Rearranging your walls and floorplain can be intimidating, but you can do it if you know what’s involved and plan carefully.
Is Reconfiguration the Right Choice?
Before you start hiring or knocking down walls, are you sure that reconfiguration is the right choice?
Think about what your current limitations are with your layout and think about if you’re better off with an addition, a change in floorplan, or maybe both. As you’re weighing the decision, don’t start thinking about finishes and furniture just yet. Those are largely superficial elements of home design. You need to get the logistics right first, and then the other things come later.
Think about what challenges you currently face and the solutions most likely to address those.
Opening Up Your Floorplan
One reason many people change the layout of their home in Albuquerque is to open up the main living areas, such as the kitchen, living, or dining areas.
Doing this likely requires taking out at least one wall. An architect should be consulted to decide which walls are load bearing. If you remove a load bearing wall, you will need to replace it with a beam or pillars, or both. You’ll also probably need a permit if you’re changing a load-bearing wall and plumbing or electrical work that might be required.
If you’re planning to create an open floor plan, the cost is usually anywhere from $8 to $15 per square foot of affected space, and you might be able to get a return on your investment of anywhere from 54 to 60%.
Making Rooms from Open Spaces
instead of makin an open space, you may want to go the other way and make enclosed rooms out of an open space. For example, maybe you want to create a formal dining room.
Adding a wall will also probably require you to get permits, especially if the changes will involve electrical work. You’ll probably work with a contractor, but not necessarily an architect if you’re adding rooms.
Creating a Master Bedroom
Are you wanting to combine two bedrooms to make a larger master bedroom? This will also require help from an architect. What some homeowners in Albuquerque do is reduce the size of a connecting bedroom, and then add a master bathroom suite and perhaps a large closet.
In a project like this, a general contractor can be valuable, as they can keep your workflows moving along efficiently, along with managing subcontractors.
Adding a Bathroom
If you want to add a bathroom, you may choose to use space that’s already connected to an existing bedroom. You might also turn a bedroom, back-to-back closets, storage area, or walk-in closet into a bathroom.
As with the circumstances above, you will need full permits. You also will want to hire a general contractor. It will be more expensive, time-consuming, and generally a larger headache if you try to hire everyone on your own, unless you already have people you know and trust such as a carpenter, electrician and plumber.
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