Home Expansion is a great option when we love our home but it no longer meets our needs in terms of space. In a market where single-family homes are particularly popular, as it is the case in Montréal, adding an extension can be a good alternative to buying a new home. However, in the city, the conditions associated with the construction of an extension are not the same as elsewhere. To complete a home expansion in Montreal, these conditions need to be known and the choices made accordingly.
Regulations regarding house expansions in Montreal
Before starting any major renovation works, you must always contact your municipality to identify the criteria and regulations in effect. These may differ from one municipality to another, depending on the type of house. This is especially true in historic areas where the exterior appearance of the house is codified. After becoming aware of the regulations, you must then obtain the mandatory permits and other authorizations.
The different types of home extension
The budget, the space available and the municipal laws will all have an impact on the type of expansion that will be chosen. There will also be questions about the structure of the house. For example, if you choose to add a floor, you must make sure that the structure and the foundations are able to support this additional weight. In addition, this is another aspect that will have an impact on the price of the extension.
There are extensions of all sizes and formats. In some cases, it is possible to double the size of a home. The following extensions are those most often seen in the city:
Height extensions (adding a floor)
This form of extension is often adopted by those who do not have much ground or do not wish to give it up. The addition of a floor allows additional rooms or complete apartment. The upward expansion is also particularly interesting in the city because the buildings are higher there. This floor addition will benefit of more brightness. The addition of a second floor is considered a winning addition because in most cases it increases the value of the house.
Lateral extensions (on the side)
If there is space available on one side of the house, lateral extension may be a good option. This kind of extension can be done on piles or on a concrete slab.
Often, it is by expanding from behind that one has access to the largest amount of extra space. Like an extension made on the sides, it is possible to opt for piles or a concrete slab. For a larger enlargement, it is also possible to build a crawl space.
Finally, there are also many houses where the basement remains unexploited. Either it has not been finished or it has literally not been dug. However, expectations must be moderated because this kind of project is more expensive than it looks. In addition, the added parts will not have access to much brightness.
Some notes about home extensions
Note that in most cases, front extensions are prohibited. Moreover, even when it is not prohibited by regulation, it must be remembered that an extension that is not in consonance with the rest of the house will affect the general aspect of the house. Therefore, the value of it could be affected. Regardless of the type of extension, it is a must to contact a qualified contractor to carry out the work.