Custom Home Addition
Sometimes building an enclosure does not really serve the purpose you have in mind. Maybe you need an additional bedroom or you want to make your kitchen bigger by moving the wall out. A sunroom or Florida room is an addition.
This page will discuss the basics of getting it done right.
Building a new addition is a little more complicated than adding an enclosure. But don’t worry, we have you covered. Adding an addition onto your home involves these steps.
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Steps for building a new home addition
- First, we have to determine if there is room on your property to build the house addition where you want it. To do this we will need a copy of your survey
- Pour a new concrete slab to build the room addition on
- Construct the walls for the additions on the house. This is done with wood or concrete blocks.
- Add windows and doors for the new living space
- Build a roof over the new area. New roofs can be flat or sloped to match the existing roof on your home
- Make an entrance for the new addition to your house in what used to be your exterior wall
- Finish the interior with drywall, lighting and such
Wood Frame or Concrete Block?
These rooms are attached to the home. They are designed to let in as much light as possible. Its probably a good idea to build them facing North. A Southern exposure may allow for too much heat gain to keep cool. The floor must be the same height as the finished floor in the home.
Wood frame is less expensive than concrete block construction. Wood is sturdy enough to meet the building code requirements. It does require more maintenance than block. Wood structures can fall prey to rot if not painted regularly.
Concrete block structures tend to last longer than wood. The cost in materials between wood and block may be roughly the same. It is a lot more time consuming to form the concrete and place the steel. Hence, the finished cost is more.
Windows in an Addition, Florida Room or Sunroom
You can have as many windows that you want. They can be of an configuration. Keep in mind window space is more expensive than wall space. Even high efficiency windows allow more heat in than wall space. You can save money by selecting none-impact windows. But, you will need to add hurricane shutters. In the end, none-impact windows plus hurricane shutters cost basically the same as impact windows. We advice to purchase impact windows.
Adding an addition to your home is a big undertaking, but a well-planned home extension will pay for itself in a short period of time. Increase your home’s value and adding to its square footage with a beautiful home addition. The results of a properly designed and built home addition combine the benefits of more space and good looks. Properly done, a new addition will complement the existing homes design. Whether you are planning a one-room addition, a second-story add-on, or an outdoor room, we are the right contractor for the job.
Building a new addition on your home is a complicated process and you really need a professional like PMSS on your side to help you successfully navigate and complete the task.