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How do I find out if I can add on a bedroom and bath to a home?

  • December 20 2013 - Aledo
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Contact your city planing department and ask them what the requirements are, if your plumber or GC is not handling this for you already. 
  • December 21 2013
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Go to the City's Planning, Zoning,and  Building department with the property address in hand.  A specialist there can answer your questions about additions--sizes, setbacks, heights, etc.  In some towns, like Boulder, CO there are LOTS of rules/regulations regarding a potential addition.  These include: square footage limits, height limits, solar access laws, setback limits, "compatible" development requirements, etc.  If you are in a town with confusing regulations, an architect or builder (as well as a realtor) can help get your answers. 
  • December 21 2013
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In order to add a bath or a bedroom to a house legally you will need to talk to the zoning board for your local town.  If the outer footprint of your home does not need to be changed then in all likely hood you wont have any problem, if you need to build up or extend the foundation the town will want to make sure you have enough land frontage and acreage to accomplish this.  

When you call the town hall just espress to them you are looking to buy a home in their town and you would like to know more about the procedure to add to an existing property.

Good Luck!

Cory
  • December 21 2013
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You would need to check with the town for set backs etc.
  • December 20 2013
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Claim the home; once you've done that you can go ahead and make edits. To claim the home, go to the address, click edit and then claim this home. Good luck! 
  • December 20 2013
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