Home Additions And Renovation Work

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In order to start a home additions project or renovation, you must be aware of the proposed work to be completed, the project deliveries.  Contact your local licensing office to obtain information on the type of permits required to carry out your project.  Get familiar with the related building codes, regulations and standards in your municipality. 

Contacting a good engineer and/or a good architect will be the best idea to gathering the necessary information about local building codes, regulations and standards.  The engineer and architect will provide you with the necessary drawings to obtain the required permits to get your home addition started.  Tell your architect the types of materials that you would like to have in the home addition.  This will be your specifications for your project.  The specifications should have references to local standards for each division of construction, according to the master format.  Think of the specifics of the materials, low, good, or great quaity.  The grade of concrete for the foundation, type of wood for the floor joists and framing, and products that will cover the interior and exterior surfaces.


Architectural technologist and engeering technologist can produce drawings for your, depending local regulations, the location and size of the project.

Home additions can be a tedious task and stressful at times, so try and plan for any known issues that may cause delays.  If you are doing a new addition on an existing home, the age and condition of the house will have effects  on the construction progress.  Depending on your level of knowledge of home additions, planning for potential hazards will vary.  Its is always better to contact a professional contractor who has the experience of building home additions.  No matter how much planning you do, plans, site conditions and weather conditions can always change, for the better and the worse. Remember that the only thing that wil remain the same with construction is the fact that tings will change.  Do your best to plan thoroughly.

After talking with your local engineer or architect, you can obtain the drawings they produced for your addition.  These drawings will be necessary to get estimates from contractors and creating a work breakdown structure for construction.  Try to obtain a minimum of three estimates so you can compare prices.  Get a copy of the file in adobe PDF format or AutoCAD DWG format.  Review the drawngs and make sure that everything is the way you intended it to be.  Check for errors in the drawings and make any changes that come to your attention now.    Choose your contractor wisely and stay vocal with your architect, and your contractor throughtout construction.  Communicate with your architect and contractor about permits and inspections, be certain to specify who covers what cost.  Review your contract make additions and ammendments if necessary.  Sign the necessary documents with your contractor to allow them to start construction, and make sure that all the required permits and inspections are known about before they are needed.


  1. Check your local goernment and ask about any grants or programs related to home additions or upgrades.  If you find a program or grant that is available obtain the necessary forms and information to apply.  Seek out this information when you start thinking about doing a renovation, this can put some money back in your pocket.

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