Published on : Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Homeowners who want more living space in 2014 have a lot of decisions to make before they decide on a construction method and contractor, says Chris Noe, president of Venetian Builders, Inc., Miami. Noe lends some advice from his years of experience building aluminum sunrooms, patio covers and screen swimming pool enclosures.
Venetian is a leading installer of custom-designed aluminum sunrooms, patio covers and screen swimming pool enclosures. It serves all of South Florida, including West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Weston, Pembroke, Miramar, Homestead and the Keys.
“Before a builder can design a space that will work for your budget, lifestyles, tastes and neighborhood, you must make up your mind about a lot of things,” Noe said.
Noe suggests homeowners make certain decisions before expanding a home. “Treat them as New Year’s resolutions,” he said:
“Whether to move to a bigger home or stay and expand is a huge decision,” Noe said. “Before you resolve to move, get a handle on the costs. You’ll have movers to pay, a real estate agent’s fee to sell your home, maybe furniture storage costs, most likely a bigger mortgage payment, and probably a need for more furniture to fill a bigger home.”
“Before you resolve to stay and improve – and of course we’d love to help you do that – think about the intangibles,” Noe said. “Do you like your neighbors? Do your kids like their schools? Are you content with your drive to work? Would expanding your home eliminate the things you don’t like about it?”
“Know how much extra you can afford to spend,” Noe said. “The smartest thing you can do is arrive at that figure and resolve to stick to it. Remember that any space you add – whether it’s indoors with an aluminum sunroom addition or outdoors with a screened patio cover – will need furniture and accessories. Budget not just for the construction, but for those items, too.”
“Resolve to save as much each month as you expect your remodeling to cost you,” Noe said. “That way you can be sure you’re comfortable without having that money as discretionary income.”
“Resolve not to be discouraged if you can’t afford everything you want,” Noe said. “You might be able to improve in steps. We build many screen enclosures, for instance, that can convert later to a sun room when it better suits a family’s needs and budget.”