There are thousands of reasons life-long Floridians, snow birds, new families and individuals have chosen the Sun Shine State to call their home. The longer you live in Florida, the more your needs may change. If you’re new to the state, you may have difficulty finding the right home features in the desired location. Renovating is great way to add new features to your home to meet your current needs. Whether it’s a man cave, home office, kitchen expansion or a full build, there are potential restrictions on Florida home additions to be aware of. Our experts can help you decipher the local zoning laws and regulations, but here are a few helpful things to know before you get started.
Depending on what you are planning, there will be certain guidelines to work around. Each county will have different rules, usually depending on population density, whether or not the land is protected, city planning concerns and other factors. That being said, every county focuses on floor area ratio, yard set-backs and bulk plane regulations when clearing a structure for construction. Let’s take a closer look at these terms.
Floor Area Ratio (F.A.R)
To put it simply, your floor area ratio is the measurement the county uses when deciding whether the structure you are building is an acceptable size for that lot. The size limit is determined by what the county believes it can support with its resources. There are water, energy and land restrictions city planners have to deal with. Whether you build up or out, your floor area ratio will increase, but your limit is what the city calls a safe load factor. Talk to a professional to see if your additions or home design exceed what the county allows.
Florida is a place with raw natural beauty. Canals, waterways, flood zones and ocean shores intertwine with residential and commercial buildings. This is only possible through proper city planning, which requires buildings to stay a safe distance from both natural obstacles and man-made road ways. These requirements are called set-backs. Many home owners experience required set-back issues when designing an addition that goes out, instead of up. Our team can help you determine what is best for your specific building location.
Bulk Plane Regulations
To understand bulk plane regulations, you simply have to think of the volume of a building. How much space the building is occupying is taken into account during this measurement. This includes how long, wide and tall the structure is. Each county has size limits that can directly relate to the sub-division you are in, or the other previously mentioned building limits and hazards. Adhering to the bulk plane regulation can certainly be an issue, especially when constructing tall buildings.
Are You Ready To Plan Around Potential Restrictions On Florida Home Additions?
This guide was meant to improve your understanding of some of the challenges you might face for Florida home additions, but don’t worry if you still feel ill prepared to take on the full responsibility of navigating this complex system. Our team has spent many years dealing with these limitations and can offer creative solutions. Your dreams of having a family game room, home movie theater or place to take care of the older family members can still come true! Contact us to discuss your Florida home renovation plans.