First Floor Additions
First floor additions construction is usually wood construction or
concrete block construction. Most of the wood construction is in the
colder northern climate & the concrete block is in the southern &
warmer climate. Houses with basements prevail in the north & cement slab houses
prevail in the south.
All you have to do is look around you & see what is prominent in your area.
That is what you are going to be buying. Both lumber & concrete have their
pluses & minuses so I think it is a draw between the two methods of
Construction Tips & Advice
If your house is a slab house then I advise you to add a slab addition & if you
have a basement or crawlspace home Then you should build a crawlspace
You can add a full basement if you want but I warn you, you are flirting with
all kinds of problems. Soil conditions & terrain tend to
exaggerate water problems & all in all adding a full basement is
very expensive. So before adding a basement I would suggest you have a
very good reason to do so. I added a few basements when I was in business & had
large problems each time. I then refused to add a basement addition on
all future requests from homeowners. This saved the homeowner money &
saved me from an ulcer. Add a full basement at your own peril.
You should of course match the siding with whatever is on your house. There is one
exception & that is if you have brick facing. Matching it is almost impossible
& it is ridiculously expensive. Try Adding cedar or vinyl siding to the
addition instead. I will blend nicely.
Roof design is important. Usual choices
are Shed, Gable or Hip roof. Each one is more expensive than the next but
remember if it does not blend in with the rest of the
house it lessens the quality & value of the addition & in
turn your home. If you have a few extra dollars a skylight doesn't hurt anything
but adds a lot.
Windows & doors "make" the room
so quality, style & location is very important. Be cautious with
Heat & Electric
Let the contractor suggest the
best heating installation but you should give much thought to electric outlets
& switches. If you don't the electrician will put them exactly where they
should not be. I guarantee it!
The least expensive way is to have the
contractor leave you a plywood floor ready for carpet. If you want wood flooring or
tile or ceramic that's fine but remember the price stars to climb quickly.
This is just a short list of things to consider of course. There are many,
many construction items involved in any addition. I cover them al in my
First Floor Addition E-book
"A home addition is not an expense, it is an investment"
A first floor home addition is one of the
best investments you will ever make. I call it an investment because that is
exactly what it is. Better than bank interest, better
than any stock.
After 25 years building first floor
additions I have never seen a homeowner lose money by adding an addition to
First floor additions are the most popular type addition
simply because they can be easily adapted to the original house design. Adding a
bedroom or extending an existing room, adding a bathroom & adding a family room
are the most desired by the average homeowner.
Adding to the rear or side of the house
is by far the most prevalent simply because it easily adapts to extending living
space to any kind of room you need.
Building a first floor addition on the
front of the house is less prevalent because it is usually more expensive
to do so & frequently there are issues with property set-back limitations. The
front addition is more expensive because it almost always entails new front doors
& new steps & walkways. All are relatively expensive items.
Planning includes blending in roof
design, foundation, siding, windows, doors etc & a host of large & small
items. These additions do not come in a box, wrapped up & ready to use.
Each first floor addition is custom built to your specifications
& those specs include many, many options & choices.
It has been my experience after giving thousands of
estimates to homeowners that most have no idea how to buy an addition.
They know little about planning & design & haven't a clue how to get the
cost down to an affordable price.
It takes more than getting three estimates & pick
the low price which is what the majority of the homeowners do. There is nothing
difficult about buying an addition if the correct simple method is spelled out for
you to read & absorb.
You will save thousands of dollars by learning
how easy it is to do it. I can show you how to buy a quality remodel at the
lowest price available in your area.
- How & where to get started
- Where the inexpensive plans come
- How to find a good, experienced, inexpensive
- How to get the true low price
- How to add more value to your remodel
- Avoid those dreaded
- A simple way to add additional space for
- Free bid sheets
- More than you thought there was to know about a first
I purchased your e-book "How to plan, design and
complete a room addition over your garage" a few
months ago. This was the best money I have ever spent.
Thank you for making your wisdom and insight
available to novices.
Great! Thank you for the quick reply. I have been
reading your e-book and it is excellent. We are
getting ready to interview some contractors and I feel way more
prepared then I did before.
First of all, the ebook is great! Thanks.
I have a question, not sure if you can answer.
We are currently re-shingling our roof and......
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How to Plan & Design a First Floor Room
For those who want a
one or two story addition off the rear, side or front of the
house. Knowing what I know now & with the experience I
have, then If I were you, this is how I would proceed to
plan, design & build a room addition or extension with a
foundation, onto my house. Additionally, this is exactly how
I would proceed to hire a contractor at a lower cost, to
complete the addition.(or a shell).