Building an Extension to Your Home in Hawaii
Adding an extension to your home can help to increase its value, provide you with more living space or enable you to remain in your home as your family grows. It is important to think very carefully about the best way to extend your property before you do anything because an extension will have a significant impact on the house.
An extension can be used either to enlarge your existing rooms or to add new rooms onto the property. You can extend a single floor of your home, but it can be more effective when adding a large extension to create a two floor extension in order to make the most of it.
Adding another bedroom or bathroom will have the largest impact on the value of your home, but if you have a particularly cramped kitchen or family room then it can be more sensible to enlarge it instead of or as well as adding a new room. Rather than adding a new room, you may also want to consider adding on a new garage, or building a conservatory or sun porch onto your property.
It is essential to think about the space that you have available to build on when you are planning your extension. You should consider what the extension will do to your yard or garden since you don't want to end up with a plot that is too small. You will also need to ensure that you leave any necessary access routes open. You will need to leave plenty of space between your extension and any nearby buildings or walls. You should also consider the effect your extension will have on other parts of your property, both aesthetically and in more practical terms. It is likely, for example that your extension will block some of your existing windows, which will affect the amount of light that enters the affected rooms.
As well as considering the size of your extension you should also think about the shape of your extension. You may be able to create a more attractive extension or make better use of the space that you have available by building in a different shape. You could, for example, add an L shaped extension in order to build around a particularly magnificent tree in your garden.
An alternative to building an extension is to change the way you use your existing space. You could, for example, change the layout of your rooms by knocking down or moving walls and partitions, or you might take advantage of some unused space by performing a loft or basement conversion