How to Build a Home Addition

Custom Home Builder, Home Additions

Understanding how to build a home addition will help you properly prepare for the construction process and living through a home renovation. At Alderidge Construction, we want to make adding onto your home as simple as possible. That is why we offer custom building services for home additions.

Determine the Budget & Scope

Before starting a home addition project, you will need to determine the scope of what you would like to do and a budget for your project. Since a home addition is just like building a brand-new home, it is important to set a realistic budget. To do this, you may need the help of a general contractor.

Hire a General Contractor

Home addition projects are very complex and difficult for homeowners to tackle on their own. Knowing local building codes and requirements, as well as experience and expertise, is something a licensed and insured builder can bring to the table. Make sure to hire a trusted and reputable general contractor who has experience working on projects similar to yours. They can not only help you bring your project to completion but also help you live through it.

Drafting & Design

Once you have found a trusted contractor, you will need to work with them and their design team to draft up plans for your project. They will be able to help you make decisions to make your dream space become a reality.

Obtain Permits & Prepare the Site

Before any work can start on your home, the contractor will need to submit your plans to obtain the proper permits. City inspectors and engineers inspect and approve the work throughout the course of the build to make sure the plan is followed. Once the permits are acquired, a crew will then prepare the site by removing, demolishing, and grading the land to prepare for building. In some cases, fences, structures or vegetation may need to be temporarily taken down or relocated to allow for heavy equipment to access the site.

Build the Foundation

Depending on the plans for your home addition, the crew will either pour a concrete slab or excavate to allow for a crawlspace or basement, followed by pouring concrete footings and foundation walls.

Frame the Structure

After the foundation concrete has fully cured, the floors, walls, and roof for your home addition will be framed. In some cases, some of the framing will be constructed offsite to help speed up the process.

Install Windows & Doors

New windows and doors will be installed to help bring your project to ‘lock-up’. Selecting the right windows and doors for your project is something that your contractor can help with.

Detailing the Envelope & Roof

The building envelope and roofing are vital for protecting your home and keeping the weather out while keeping your home comfortable for years to come. These will be installed immediately after the framing is complete. Siding is then added to protect the building envelope and add aesthetic to the exterior of your house.

Rough-In Electrical, Plumbing & HVAC

Crucial services like electrical, plumbing, and HVAC will be roughed-in, so that all piping, wiring, and ductwork are installed and ready to go. Insulation, either

Standard fibreglass batts, spray foam, or blown-in cellulose insulation will be installed in the walls of the addition before the drywall is hung, mudded, and sanded.

Finish the Interior

The interior of the home addition is now ready to take shape. The flooring will be installed and the walls and ceiling will be painted. Cabinetry installers then place all the boxes so the countertops can be templated. Tile setters install any shower walls, bases, flooring, accents and backsplashes. Carpenters install any detailed trim work, such as baseboards, window trims, and crown moulding. Electricians and plumbers come back to install fixtures, plugs and switches. Shower glass and wall fixtures are installed before the final clean and walk through.

If you would like to learn more about how to build a home addition, or if you are interested in our custom building services, please contact Alderidge Construction at 1-844-RENO-453 or by booking a consultation on our website.