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Many times with a growing family or lifestyle changes a home addition becomes necessary to meet the needs of the owners. The purpose of an addition may be to allow for a larger kitchen, add another bathroom, expand the master bedroom, create a new entryway, or add an additional family room for the kids and family to play in. Furthermore, adding a second floor often allows more bedrooms for a growing family or for an in-law suite for an elderly parent. If you have any questions about home additions in Vancouver and Richmond, please contact the Indoor Outdoor Guy Renovations. We are happy to consult with you in your home for an initial design and budget consultation without charge.
Technically, home additions in the Vancouver area involve several steps. First, a client consultation needs to be done to determine exactly what your addition needs are. Second, as per your specifications, a complete set of plans and drawings is done up to ensure that every detail is looked after, and so you know exactly what you are getting. Thirdly, once you have approved the plans, they need to be submitted to the city and be approved in order for a building permit to be granted. If the addition contains a kitchen or a bathroom it will require a more detailed plumbing permit as well as an electrical permit. Depending on the project and the municipality, the project may also need a site service permit, land survey and/or development permit.
A development permit may be needed in the city of Vancouver and surrounding areas if you are adding more space to your home or if you are adding a secondary suite. A structural engineer and/or geo-technical engineer is also needed to sign off on your project and perform additional inspections, depending on the size of your project and building/site conditions.
As each city, town, and municipality has its own regulatory body, the designer and the renovations contractor have to know what details the city needs to see in the plans. Overall requirements of plans for new home additions have increased considerably and include the movement to green building materials and practices, higher insulation requirements, seismic concerns, rain-screen requirements and more.
The experience of the general contractor who is assigned the task of building a second story addition in Vancouver and Richmond will be tested by the provincial building code and municipal bylaws as both zoning requirements and the BC Building Code have become more complex and thus more difficult to implement. Only a contractor who knows the system is going to get these bylaw issues resolved. A contractor who understands the current requirements of building is going to have success in getting what you need for your budget.
Whether it is possible to get certain home additions approved in Vancouver and Richmond or a surrounding area depends on the municipal bylaws of the city you live in, as it is the municipality that will grant the permit for the addition, depending on the Floor Space Ratio (FSR) and other related bylaws. If there are homes nearby that are on the same size of lot and they are larger than yours, chances are good that your zoning bylaws will allow your addition. Also, if you live in an older area, as most municipalities have increased the maximum FSR to allow for bigger homes, you will likely be granted a permit. Even though there may not be any larger homes on your street, the FSR on the whole might still allow for an addition. Our design team will help to determine this in the first stage of design.
Occasionally the municipality may not issue you a permit to build an addition that increases the footprint of the existing home (i.e., expands the home outward) due to permeability or zoning issues. In this case, they still may grant a second floor addition or an addition that is built over an attached garage.
For any home additions on the ground or for second story additions in Vancouver and Richmond or the surrounding area, the Indoor Outdoor Guy Renovations is the right contractor for the job as we have the experience and knowledge to get the job done right.
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Call us at 604-277-5572 to book your addition consultation, or submit your request online. An online request allows you to give us more details about your needs as well as your contact information.
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