The 7 Steps of Building a Room Addition

Room AdditionAdding space to existing rooms or building a completely new addition to your home can be a tough, but very rewarding, journey.  If you decide to embark on this adventure, you need to follow a few steps to make the most of the experience.

What Do You Want?

Be sure to set goals by asking yourself these questions:

  • What do I want?
  • How much can I spend?
  • What is the purpose of the room?
  • How long do I want to wait?
  • What is the best way to go about this project?


More important than the desire to add an addition to your home is how much money you have to invest in it.  It is not just an expenditure, but is an investment, because it is something permanent that you will be adding to your home.  You need to be sure to invest enough money without overextending your budget or your home’s maximum value.  Focus on the essentials first, like permit and construction costs, because things like furniture and finishing touches can be done any time in the future.

Size and Place

Install an addition to your home will take careful design and thought.  You will need to calculate the space to add and determine where the addition can be built.   When doing this, it is a good idea to calculate room for activities, walking areas, and furniture.

Get a Team

You need to hire a contractor, architect/designer, as well as a lawyer ,who can help you get through any paperwork for permits and contractors as quickly and efficiently as possible.  You may also want to consider an interior designer and a landscaper, if needed.

The Three P’s (Plan, Plan, Plan)

While planning is included in almost every step of adding a new room or with construction of any kind, the importance of plans and contingency plans cannot be overstated.  Be sure that your design and budget are exactly where you want them before going forward with the project.  It is always cheaper to redesign beforehand, rather than when walls have already gone up.

Be Prepared

While this seems like it is part of the planning phase, it isn’t.  You need to be prepared for all the eventualities that may arise and be prepared to deal with them.  Sometimes it is health related, or maybe there are construction delays.  Either way, you need to be prepared to live by a paraphrased version of Murphy’s Laws, “anything that can go wrong, will.”

Pay attention to the conversations that construction workers have regarding planning and the work they are doing.  Ignore things like gossip or their inter-colleague banter.  Remember that once you set your plan in motion, you need to stick to it.

Enjoy the Process and End Result

Many people find construction very difficult to deal with, but you should try to engage it and make it a part of your life.  If you feel so inclined, be sure to become involved and help out if you can be useful.  Otherwise, simply check out the construction once a day and see the progress that your vision is becoming a reality.

Once the construction is over, and your new room is complete, you will have a much deeper and intimate connection to it, which will enhance the value of the room for you.

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