Building an Addition

Building an addition can create more space while saving you the hassle of moving into a new home. And, of course, building an addition will add value to almost any home. While adding onto your home can be a pretty big project, depending on your skill level, it can also be one you can do yourself. If you are going to tackle that addition on your own, the first thing you’ll need to do is draw up some plans. You may want to visit an architect and have him or her create the plans for you. Since the addition needs to tie into your existing home, the architect will be able to help you create a continuous flow between your existing home and your addition.

Once you have a plan in place, you can begin by exposing the existing foundation on the outside of the connecting wall. This will help you to know where the existing floor is so that you can join it with the floor of your addition successfully. Next you’ll be able to dig for the foundation of the addition. There are many different types of foundations you might choose for your structure, depending on whether you want a basement, or you could also do a slab or even a pier foundation. The type of foundation you choose will tell you how you’re going to proceed from here. Once the foundation you’ve chosen is complete, you’ll move onto your floor system (framing your floor). If you’ve chosen a concrete slab however, you’ll skip this part.

Your next step will be to frame up the walls. After your walls are framed, you can then go ahead and put the sheathing on the outside of them. Next you can move onto framing the roof. After this you’ll then put up the shingles, metal roofing or other material you end up choosing to cover the roof. The windows can be put in next, as well as the exterior doors. Once you finish this step, your addition is “sealed in”.

If you have plumbing and electrical work going into your addition you’ll want to have that work “roughed in” (wires or pipes put in) next. You may choose to sub contract this work out even though you are doing the rest yourself. If so, you can work on putting up the siding outside while your plumber and electrician work inside. Next you’ll put up the drywall and then the trim around the doors, windows and baseboards. At this point, it’s good to go ahead and paint. That way you can then put your floor in next and not have to worry about dripping paint on your brand new floor!

After you get your interior doors in and the plumbers and electricians complete their “top out” you’re ready to move into your addition! If you are looking for a general contractor in Maryland to complete your addition, call DR Hartman Construction Inc to help make your dreams of more space a reality. They can help you build just the addition you need.

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