Sometimes a remodeling effort on the inside also requires some remodeling on the outside. Or, it may just be an ideal time to do exterior weatherproofing or remodeling along with your new addition. If your custom remodeler handles outdoor tasks such as windows, doors, roofs and gutters, you can request that this be built into your job time and your budget.
If you’re putting on an addition, some exterior work is necessary. If the materials don’t match or are not blended seamlessly, perhaps considering an overall exterior upgrade is an option. An addition changes the look of the house, and it can also change the “curb appeal.” You want to avoid the look of having put on an addition, and have everything blend seamlessly inside and out.
A home addition also changes the energy efficiency of your home. The newest insulation and exterior materials are designed to save energy, and adding them to your whole house at the same time can be cost-effective in the long run.
What if you can’t match your current exterior materials? There’s nothing wrong with an addition finished in siding even though the rest of the house is brick, or vice versa. Your custom remodeler can advise you on the advantages of both. Finally, if you’ve been delaying exterior maintenance projects, now is a great time to catch up. Because the builder is already ordering items for your addition, there should be a cost benefit to you. Regardless, making sure your windows and doors are sealed properly and your exterior coverings are in good shape will keep your home – and your addition – warmer in winter and cooler in summer. Overall, it’s a win-win situation for you.