Why Knowledge of Zoning, Codes, And Building Restrictions Will Save You Money On Your Next Addition.
Zoning regulations, building codes, and HOA restrictions may not be the first thing on your mind when you're considering a home addition or remodel. However, as long as it is a consideration that your contractor takes into account, your project will go just fine:
- Zoning Regulations: When you are deciding on a home addition, bear in mind that your state or city will have specific zoning regulations that dictate what can be built on your property. While these regulations are not typically overly restrictive, it is important that your contractor has knowledge of and obeys all zoning regulations from your locality.
- Building Codes: Building codes exist to ensure that any house will meet certain minimum safety requirements. The International Code Council, or ICC, publishes annual building codes that quality contractors follow closely. While even localities like cities or towns can have their own unique building codes, a contractor that will follow them all to the letter is worth hiring.
Building codes include more than just the minimum size of beam that must be used in roofing—they also encompass other aspects of home remodeling such as plumbing and electrical components.
- Restrictions: Some homeowners' associations will place restrictions on what can be built on a lot in your neighborhood. Your contractor will need to ensure that all aspects of your home remodeling plan adhere to these restrictions as well.
The consequences of hiring a contractor that ignores or does not have knowledge of these codes and regulations can result in fines from the authorities or demands from a homeowners' association that you remove or correct the work. By using a knowledgeable contractor, you can avoid any issues in your home remodeling project.
William Gordon Group has experience in custom home building and home remodeling projects. No matter the size of your home addition, our formally trained personnel will build to code and your specifications. Schedule a consultation with us by contacting (317) 353-3759.