Do I need permission?
Your house. Your rules. Well…If you own a condo or are a member of a homeowners’ association, it’s likely there are work-hour ordinances and some design restrictions. Get the rules in writing from your board or HOA. Such regulations may impact your budget and schedule. Similarly, independent homeowners may find there are limits on square footage expansion. “If you’re thinking of bumping out a wall to make more room for, say, your kitchen, make sure you understand your town’s zoning laws first,” says interior designer Lorri Dyner. “Many homes are already at capacity for their lot size and owners are surprised to find they can’t increase the square footage,” she adds.