Make the Most of Your New Home Addition

The decision to add a new addition to your home will change your life. It’s a huge commitment of both time and money and can bring about many challenges and pitfalls. While it often requires more energy than intended, with the right vision and effort, the results of your home addition can be truly miraculous.

No one understands this better than Cale and Micki Kliethermes, who welcomed two of their very own little miracles—twins Henry and Juliana—on June 8. Along with their daughters Alexis and Ellie, the clan of six is enjoying life with their happy and healthy new family members.


Cale Kliethermes with his wife Micki, newborn twins Henry and Juliana, and daughters Alexis and Ellie.

Like expanding your family, expanding (or renovating) your home is certainly a monumental moment. Daily annoyances can be solved, inadequacies can be fixed, and a comfortable home that reflects your family’s values can be created. Most importantly, the potential you saw when you first purchased your house is attainable and achievable.

What to Know Before You Start

Before starting the process, it’s important to clarify your motivations. Why are you doing it? What improvements and repairs do you consider most important? Keep in mind that extensive home renovations usually take a long span of time, including design, permitting, and construction. By assessing your existing conditions and possibilities prior to construction, you can be better prepared for the process.

It also helps to have a realistic idea of how much money you’re willing to invest from the start. Consider the value of your property now—without improvements—and where it will be after renovations.

Many homeowners are surprised when they find out an add-on isn’t necessarily the solution to an unworkable space. There are often less expensive measures to be taken to unlock secret potential. Examples include minor changes like tweaking your existing floor plan to improve flow.

In the end, the best things in life take patience and focus. Take a deep breath; the end results are beyond worth the effort!

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