San Diego Room Addition Contractor

San Diego Room Addition

San Diego and Temecula homeowners often reach out to Classic Home Improvements because they want to expand their living space.  Either they have adult senior family members moving in, have had more children than the home can handle but don’t want to move, or in this client’s case – they now have a situation where they can work from home and they need a quiet space to do so.  Sometimes we are brought out to homes that need a larger kitchen (so many homes in San Diego have teeny tiny kitchens that need to be expanded).  No matter what your reason is for needing a San Diego room addition, we are happy to consult with you on your project!

One of the first questions we are generally asked is – can you meet with us before we have any plans?   Yes, we can absolutely meet with you prior to having plans drawn for your room addition.  In fact, we prefer it!  As a design build contractor, we have the in-house ability to prepare your drawings so there is no need to meet with an architect separately from us.  However if you have already met with an architect and already have plans designed – we are more than happy to provide you with a “build only” estimate.

When you want to reach out to a home addition builder it is important to know what their capabilities are because not all builders have the ability to coordinate preparing architectural plans.  They would prefer you meet with an architect first and then contact them for an estimate.  We believe it is best if you contact a design build contractor because then you have one firm completing the entire project for you from start to finish.  It is not well known, but architects are not truly trained on building costs.  So they may design your perfect room addition without any consideration into the cost of building the room addition.  When you meet with design builder they take your budget in consideration when designing your room addition.  Many times a room addition – especially a second floor home addition – will require almost a whole house remodel!  This is because you will need to create a way to make it up to the second floor – by building stairs – which will alter your downstairs home layout.

This second floor San Diego room addition was built so the homeowners would have a space to work from home.  The original 1920’s home did not have enough space for a home office on the first floor so the only option was to create a second floor addition.  Located near Northpark San Diego there were some extra considerations that needed to be made in relationship to parking and material deliveries for the project.  When you meet with a design consultant, they will walk you through all the extra nuances your project may have.  Many homes in San Diego have to go through a few extra permitting review processes – especially if you are located in a historical neighborhood, near the beach, or near the airport.  Additionally if you in a high risk fire zone there may be more review processes by the city before you can get your permit to build.  Regardless of where your home is located in San Diego or Temecula, our consultants are trained to provide you with expert knowledge about what needs to take place before you build your room addition and we will be frank with you when it comes to the pros and cons of building a room addition.

Working with Classic Home Improvements you can be sure we will assist you through the entire process of your second floor room addition!  Check out the photos below of the beautiful new space!


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How much does it cost to build an addition?

How much does it cost to build an addition and what do you need to consider when pondering building an addition?  Homeowners in San Diego seem to be electing to stay in their home and expand by adding a room addition rather than move.  The market changes frequently and we do not know how long this trend will stick around, but for right now the “thing to do” seems to be building an addition.  Here are some tips for what you need to consider when trying to determine how much it will cost to build an addition.

Decide if you want a first floor or second floor addition

First, there are more than a dozen options for building an addition so the first question should not be how much does an addition cost, but what type of room addition do you want to build?  Let’s talk about first floor versus second floor.  If you want to save money, add on to your first floor. A second story home addition is going to cost you significantly more money and it will take much longer to complete.  We recently submitted a second story addition to the City of San Diego for permits and let me tell you – there are things you haven’t even considered which could cause a delay in permits for a second story addition.  Live near an airport?  The FAA may need to review your building plan.  Live near the coast?  Expect the city to take extra time to review that one too; your neighbors won’t want you disrupting their view.

How will your home addition affect other parts of the house

Next,  will you be remodeling other parts of the home as well?  Many home additions end up with alterations to the rest of the house as well.  We recently completed a home addition which included expanding two bedrooms and adding a bathroom while relocating the laundry room. That is a much different home addition than adding an office or expanding a kitchen.

Decide if you are going to add a bathroom or laundry area

Small Bathroom - Room Addition Contractors San DiegoWill you be adding a bathroom?  The cost to build an addition with a bathroom will fluctuate based on what you include.  For example:  will you have two sinks or one, will you add a bidet?  Will you have a free standing tub or a large shower?  The type of fixtures and finishes you select can significantly sway the pricing for the addition as well.  Laminate flooring is not very popular anymore, but is much less expensive than tile or hardwood.  Wallpaper, which is coming back in style, is more expensive than painting.  One item at a time the price may not fluctuate by more than a couple thousand dollars, but if you are on a tight budget, each item adds up quickly.

Decide how elaborate of a space you want

Are you considering the cost to build an addition for vehicle storage?  Well, you can have an attached garage or detached.  You may want to have the garage finished or completely decked out “man-cave” style.  Some homeowners, like a customer we had in Escondido, who want a garage but do not fully enclose it.  Another San Diego resident had us add a laundry room in their attached garage addition.  An unfinished floor versus epoxy coating can be a swing of a few thousand dollars.  Adding shelving versus not adding any shelves can be a swing of $1,000 up to $10,000.

Decide how big your addition will be

Additionally, no matter what type of addition you build, the cost to build an addition will largely be determined by the size of the new space.   A lot of homeowners will ask for a price per square foot so they can try to do the math to figure out how much it will cost to build their addition.  This is a flawed way to figure out a price for a remodel and not something a contractor should do sight-unseen.

So how much will it cost to build an addition?

I still have not answered the question, how much does it cost to build an addition, have I?  I am hoping that if you read everything that was written above that you have realized by now that a contractor could not possibly tell you what an average addition costs without having much more detail about what you are trying to accomplish.  The best possible way you can get an estimate is to speak with a home addition builder directly to determine what price ranges you would be looking at for your addition project.  If you are looking to speak with room addition contractors in San Diego, call us at 858-224-7373!


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