Why a Home Addition?

There are many different answers to this question; you are expanding the family, want a bigger bedroom, or want to increase the value of your home. The list of answers can be endless, but one answer all clients have in common is that they want more living space. A home addition is the perfect way to create the house of your dreams, without packing up and moving.

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The Preparation Process

Finding an Architect and Deciding on the Details

This is the part of the process where you get to be creative, and let the architect know exactly what you need in your home. This includes things like the number of bedrooms, and where you would like everything oriented. It is important that the architect is on the same page as you, so be as detailed in your plans as possible when you explain what you picture your dream home looking like.


The Rough Sketches

Now that you and the architect are on the same page, it is now time for the architect to create rough sketches of the proposed new home. These sketches will allow for you to see how the architect interpreted all of your ideas, and some architects even use software to create a 3-D representation of the proposed home. This is the point where you can make design changes and tell the architect which design you like the best out of the ones he/she has proposed. Additionally, the homeowner must approve the drawings before proceeding to the next step.

More Detailed Drawings

The architect gets even more detailed now, specifying the finalized floor plans with the dimensions of rooms and other spaces that will appear in the construction drawings.

Construction Documents

This step is the most crucial aspect of the process. Assuming you have approved the proposed drawings from step 3, the architect then creates construction documents that will be used by the general contractor to create your new home. These documents are some of the most important documents for the general contractor, as they are needed to show subcontractors exactly what needs to be completed, and are needed in other key moments of the renovation. These drawings are also the drawings that the general contractor will use to price the project.

Hiring a Contractor

Now this is where BVM Contracting shows up. You now have to chose a general contractor to build your home, and if you are smart you will get multiple bids for the project. Make sure that the general contractors all have the correct credentials, which can be found on our be informed page. The general contractors bid on the project based on the drawings made by the architect in step 4.

The Build

Now that you have picked the general contractor that will build your house, you now get to watch your dream home get built right before your eyes! The architect and general contractor will work very close and ensure that the project is completed as specified in the drawings, and is on schedule.

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