Often, homeowners find themselves needing to add space or security measures to their homes or properties over the years. Whether the space or security measures include home additions, fences, garages, or sheds, there is a lot to consider before beginning a project. In determining the specifics of a project, the overall size of the project should be carefully calculated. It is important to determine the size of the project, because many areas have specific rules and regulations that must be followed when building a structure that exceeds a certain height or width. Often, a permit must be secured before a project is started. Because local and state laws vary greatly with these requirements, homeowners are advised to thoroughly research local regulations before beginning any large project.
Any major modification or extension added to a home is considered a home addition. Some of the most popular kinds of home additions include bedrooms and attached garages. In addition to considering the physical work that a home addition will require, homeowners should consider the legal processes that modifying a home or large structure requires. For most home additions, a building or construction permit is required. To secure a permit, most areas require that a basic building project plan be submitted. After a permit has been applied for, a more detailed and specific plan is often requested. Homeowners should be prepared to pay a fee and be capable of completing their project within the time specified by the construction permit.
Home renovations are a great way to add new life to a home. Renovating areas such as bathrooms and kitchens can increase the overall value of a home for those who intend to sell. Before performing a major renovation on a home, it is best to review local regulations concerning home renovations. Some locations may require a homeowner to secure a construction permit before renovating if the project is rather large. Generally, minor renovations such as painting a home or replacing tiles on a roof do not require permits, as they do not alter the structure of the home. As a basic guideline, if the structure of any area of the home will be affected during the remodel, a homeowner should seek a construction permit before beginning the renovation.
When it comes to building residential garages, there are a lot of options. Homeowners may choose to build either an attached or a detached garage. If a homeowner decides to build an attached garage, they must follow the home addition regulations of their area and seek a construction permit. For those who choose to build a detached garage, a construction permit may still be necessary. The overall expected size of the garage will play a large part in determining whether or not a permit is needed. Smaller garages may require a subject-to-field inspection permit versus a traditional construction permit. This type of permit generally costs less than a traditional permit, but detached garages must meet specific local regulation requirements to qualify.
Sheds are a great way to increase the amount of storage space that a household has. Sheds are most commonly used to store outdoor equipment, such as lawn mowers and gardening tools. They are generally smaller than garages and do not always require a building permit. Some sheds, much like detached garages, may require a subject-to-field inspection permit. Homeowners should consult their local agency to determine whether any permits or fees are required for sheds in their location.
Swimming pools are a great way to add value and overall appeal to a home. Homeowners who wish to install a swimming pool on their property should first determine whether they wish to build an in-ground or aboveground pool. Generally, aboveground pools are much less expensive. Those who wish to build an in-ground pool, however, often build much larger pools. Homeowners should also take the local regulations for building swimming pools into consideration when determining which type of pool to build or install at home. In some locations, homeowners may be required to install a fence or barrier that meets local standards. Often, these fences and barriers are large enough to require a permit, even though the swimming pool construction itself may not.
Fences are often used in residential settings to increase the amount of privacy and security offered to residents. Other homeowners may simply prefer the look of a small fence surrounding their home. Regardless of the purpose of the fence, the size of a fence generally determines whether or not a permit is needed. In urban or city areas, nearly any size fence will require a building permit and permission from the city. In rural areas, there is generally more leeway, but most areas require that a permit be secured before building a fence that is over six feet tall. Homeowners should be prepared with sketches and plans when a permit is required, as well as written permission from any neighbors that will share the fence.