Should You Expand, Remodel or Build?

Expand ,remodel, or build?

Having trouble deciding on rather you should expand, remodel or build? Let us help you decide on your construction needs with these tips that will help you consider important aspects such as load-bearing capacity, basic standards and the type of material you want to use.

Weigh Out the Costs
Though you may want to save money during the construction process, remember that the benefits will outweigh the costs in the long run. Should you have a budget, always reconsider the investment you are going to make, including the type of material you want to use. For example, if a building requires remodeling but has too many old wirings and plumbing, you may want to kill two birds with one stone and start the building process altogether to avoid any fires/risks. On the other hand, if the building is up to date with the necessary foundation, then the remodeling process would be your best option. Also, don’t be afraid to expand your business/facility, especially if you are aware of your market is in good standing.

Consider Your Timeframe and Limitations
You may be stuck in a dilemma where your business is still up and running, so closing down for construction is not ideal. In this case, expanding on the other side of the building would give you the flexibility to make a profit while investing in more land. If you are starting from the bottom up, sometimes remodeling may take longer than building since demolition is another process in itself. If you are in no rush, then restoration might fit your needs. However, choosing to build allows you to make the structural alterations you need or want.

Structure is Everything
Before construction can even begin, knowing what type of structure (substructure and superstructure) you have/need is essential for building. If you want to expand, inspection and approval must first be met due to support of levels and other construction standards. Environmental factors also play a role in the process, so it is important to know what type of construction/structure you’re going to build. Things like the application of steel frame structure are recommended for high-rise, residential and industrial buildings due to load-bearing capacities. Older buildings tend to have an architecture that is valuable, such as crown molding or pillars that add character, so you may want to expand your structure rather than taking it down completely to remodel.

If you need help navigating your project, our experts are here to help guide you through our design services that are guaranteed to deliver superior results.

Since our inception in 1984, Roy Lewis Construction has been focused on commercial and residential construction projects along the Gulf Coast. Roy Lewis Construction has an excellent reputation for delivering unparalleled value and quality on projects. Contact us today for an estimate by calling 251-380-0000 or email us at

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