Growing pains: The Secrets to Surviving a Home Extension through 3D Rendering

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Definitely nothing is more happiness inducing than the fact that finally, after years of living in one’s home, the family is growing and with its increase in size is the need for more space. Of course, the initial feeling of elation is almost always followed by dread as the homeowner (or at least the one paying for it) is set to undergo the roller coaster ride that is construction.

What’s a homeowner to do? Help is on the way:

  1. Have a visual plan

Re-building a home is a visual process. As much as visual boards are cool (who can resist a great color wheel with actual leaves and whatnot?), something more set in stone is needed from the onset of the project. Today, 3D architectural rendering are a better reference in terms of home plans versus the flat blue prints as this design tool literally walks through everyone on the elements of the house.

From colors to plumbing, 3D rendering helps avoid what most construction projects face – blind spots. In flat drawings, it is not as precise and clear, but with 3D architectural renderings that are made with the help of computers, all details are accurate.

And since the homeowners can see it for what it is, approvals are more sure and faster to do. It leaves the guesswork in the bushes and empowers homeowners and contractors alike to experiment further without the commitment.

  1. Have a realistic and workable budget

When building, it’s easy to be swayed by lofty ideas. But it is important to have a budget as it creates a guide as to the action items that needs to be focused on and those that maybe are better of scrimping on such as fixtures (we are sure non-gold faucets work just as fine!).

And of course – make it realistic. What’s the point of a beautiful house if everyone who lives in it is not eating three times a day?

As much as possible, get the kind of financing that does not break the bank and one’s spirit should the loans pile up sooner than later. Also, make sure it takes into account all items such as manpower and shipping for items that will come elsewhere.

  1. Work with true professionals

Professionals don’t just give quality work; they also leverage their experience to get better prices. Seasoned and veteran players are in constant conversation with sales teams from carpets to light bulbs and a few employee discounts through their contacts won’t hurt.

  1. Have the house checked

Home extends two ways – horizontal and vertical. Between the two, vertical extensions are tricky as it rests upon the existing house. It is important to have the house checked and see if its foundation is good enough and can withstand the additional weight.

Also, having the house checked provides insights on its integrity – the last thing you want is for the house to topple down like a house of cards.

  1. Take note of the design

Building is one thing but having a home extension that does not look like a sore thumb is a true gift. Some homeowners go overboard with design, resulting in disastrous work. Consult interior designers or architects who can help you with your design needs. Don’t forget to ask them to present you options in 3D rendering.

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