Home Additions

Your house is one of your biggest assets, don’t let a contractor you can’t trust do the demolition! Over the years, I have heard all the horror stories. It all boils down to the simple fact that they hired a 2nd rate, “pick-up truck contractor.” The definition of a “pick-up truck contractor,’ a construction worker that has no office, no plan for getting your job done and someone you have to constantly supervise.

Common knowledge is that you ‘get three estimates’ when you're looking to hire a contractor. You soon find that contractors don’t call back, will flake on the job site meeting, and when they do show up they don’t ever follow up or send an estimate.  There is a reason for that, they are a “2nd Rate, pick-up truck contractor,” not a true PRO! home remodeling home additions building contractor Los Angeles Orange County Great Park Pacific Palisades

The Most Important Step in building a Home Addition

 What is the first step in building home additions?

Well, the first thing you should do is….come up with a budget you feel comfortable with! This often times is not the same amount that the home addition will cost. You should have a realistic idea of what it will cost but the budget is the amount you want to spend. You don’t want to have someone design something for you that you cannot afford to build. That is why it is so important to visualize a dollar figure you are willing to invest in the project. I can’t tell you how many times a year people bring us construction drawings that they cannot afford to do anything with.

Don’t let that happen to you! Work with a PRO that will give you good counsel. home remodeling. home additions building contractor Los Angeles

How Much Does a Home Addition Really Cost?

 You need to know that you need for home additions 3 sets of documents in order to price out the true cost of a home addition project.

  1. You need architectural drawings.
  2. you need engineering calculations which will include a framing and foundation plans.
  3. Interior design and a finish materials list.

Architect: If you go to an architect you will probably pay about 3%- 5% of the construction cost. You can expect to pay $9,000 to $15,000 (no engineering) for a straight forward remodel plan. This makes no sense to me, what the heck does the cost of construction have to do with the time an architect spends designing the structure.

Draft Person: A ‘draft person for hire’ will probably do it at an hourly rate for less money than an architect. However, this may or may not be a good option for you. You probably will not get the same level of skill or commitment to design. It is not the same service for less money, it is less service for less money. Consequently, you can expect to pay $4,500 to $5,500 (no engineering) for a straight forward remodel plans in the greater Los Angeles Area.

Design Build: This is what we do. A total solution you get a price with architectural and engineering included. You will also get the added service of designing to a budget. Often time architects and draft-persons draw up plans to a project that people cannot afford. This can cost $9,000-$15,000 depending on the project.