You have decided you need more space and would like to build an addition on your home. Where do you start?
If you are considering an addition you may want to know what to expect and where to begin. Our clients have found that making a list will help you prioritize your must-have items. This will allow you to communicate your wants and needs with your architect and contractor.
Where to Build – You will need to decide where to construct the addition on your property. Can you build out or will you build up? You want to consider any views you would like to preserve or the location of trees you would to keep. Be sure to research legal restrictions and building codes regarding what can be built on your property. Setback restrictions will determine how close a structure can be built to property lines.
Secure Funding – Most homeowners cannot pay for full additions in cash. Many homeowners obtain a home equity loan, second mortgage, or line of credit. Homeowners commonly underestimate remodeling costs. Home additions without mechanical work typically cost $100—$130 per square foot. Extensive home additions in high-price areas or with extravagant materials will cost more.
Architect or Draftsman – You will need an Architect or Draftsman to prepare the drawings for your new space.
- Image yourself in various areas on the home design plans and think about what you’ll see in the real space.
- Consider your daily routine when planning the space you need.
- Think about placement of phone jacks and cable hookups. Check to see if your furniture arrangement requires electrical outlets in special locations.
Permits, Demo, and Prepare Site -Anything other than level bare dirt will need to be demolished, removed, and graded to prepare for the addition. We will obtain permits and will be required to post the approved permits in a visible place on your property. Fences will be temporarily taken down to allow heavy equipment to access the site and portable toilets and disposal equipment will be delivered .
Foundation Building – Slab, Basement, or Crawlspace – Depending on the plans, the crew will begin pouring a concrete slab or digging out a crawlspace or basement.
Framing – When the foundation concrete is cured, exterior walls will go up.
Wall Panels and Roofing – Wall panels and roofing are necessary to protect all work that will come after. Wall panels,usually of OSB, are installed and house wrap is added. The roof gets installed.
Vital Systems – Electrical, Plumbing and HVAC will be completed.
Windows – New construction windows are installed.
Insulation and Drywall – Insulation will be installed to prepare for drywall. Drywall is a multi-stage process: hanging the sheets, “mudding” the seams with wet drywall compound, letting that compound dry, then sanding the seams. After this stage your are nearing the finish line.
Trim Work and Doors – The carpenters come in and put up detailed trimwork such as baseboards, window trim, crown molding, and so on. Doors are hung.
Flooring and Paint – Flooring will be installed and paint will be completed.