ROOM ADDITIONS & BUILDING SETBACK RESTRICTIONS / by Keith Moehle

You’ve finally done it. You have decided that you are going to go through with the room addition that you have been dreaming about for years!

Room Addition in San Antonio built by KM BUILDERS

Room Addition in San Antonio built by KM BUILDERS

It's an exciting time when you decide to remodel a space and make it your own. You spend hours researching to find the right contractor, you discuss the design selections, and just as your building permits are about to be passed, they don't. And why don't they pass you ask… the answer is building setback restrictions.

Building setback restrictions are standards put in place (typically by your HOA or the city) that restricts what you can do with your property and where you can build. This may not seem particularly fair to you, or anyone really but it's the way it works.

Sometimes your setback is only 10 feet away from your property line, other times it can be 30 + feet. This could make a huge difference in a potential room addition if you were not aware of it in the first place. We want to be honest with our client's, which is why we want to let you know about building setback restrictions before you get too far along in daydreaming about a room addition.

However, there are some things that you can do to bypass these restrictions. Now, these are not a guarantee by any means, but if the current building setbacks restrictions are minimizing what you can do in regards to room addition, it's worth a shot.

Here's what you can do:

  • Get informed: Talk with your HOA to see what the standards are for building setbacks. Ask to see if these are in line with the current setbacks set up by the city because the HOA setbacks may not be updated to meet the city's regulations...

  • Get neighbor's approval: You can try to get an exception from your HOA and the city, but you have to go through your neighbors first. Sending them a written agreement so that they can sign an approval of your hopeful room addition can do wonders for your case!

  • Negotiate: You know the facts, you have the signatures, now it's time to negotiate for the future so you can get the room addition of your dreams. KM BUILDERS can help you talk with your HOA and the City of San Antonio to get an exception for your room addition. This doesn't always work, but if you are seriously thinking of a room addition, it's worth a shot.

Call us up at 210-680-5626 if you have any questions about how to go about this and we will be happy to guide you in the right direction. You deserve the home of your dreams, and sometimes you have to put up a little bit of a fight for it!

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!