New Room Addition

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Starting a new room addition usually takes a 4-step process. You basically need to formulate the idea, draw up a floor plan, start the building and add the final touches.


Building Directory:

  1. step1: get ideas
  2. step2: design the floor plan
  3. step3: build and renovate
  4. step4: complete the finishing touches
  5. drywall information
  6. electrical wiring information
  7. plumbing information
  8. wired home electronics information


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Step2: Design the Floor Plan

Find Floor Plans
view our floor plan directory
Use Software to Design Your Plan
compare: design software
Find an Architect
find a pre-screened architect or draftsman
Making Your Room Energy Efficient from U.S. DOE:
building design-plans-resources
energy savers booklet

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Step3: Build and Renovate

Link to our Home Remodeling Specification Sheet (Free Download) for detail review of home remodeling specifications and tips:

link for remodeling specification plan

  • Any opening of walls that changes the structural look of your home may require permits from your local inspection department and community association.
  • Also, most if not all states, counties and cities set standard building codes for their respective area. You should check with your local jurisdiction on building permits and codes:

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Permits Codes For Older Homes DIY Guides Find Contractor
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  decoding building codes preservation-rehabilitation guides do-it yourself resources  
  list: standard building codes structural issues check standard building codes  

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Step4: Complete the Finishing Touches

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See Individual Project Modules
doors and windows
home entertainment
computer / study area
walls and ceiling
decorating ideas
interactive interior design from

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Drywall Information

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Information Permits How-To Older Homes Find Contractor
about drywall all about permits from wall and ceilings search drywall contractor
drywall resources drywall building codes from repairing plaster walls  

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Electrical Wiring Information

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Information Permits How-To Older Homes Find Contractor
"basics" of home wiring all about permits from lighting and electrical search electrical contractor
electrical resources wiring building codes from    

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Plumbing Information

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Information Find Plumbing Contractor
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plumbing products  
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Wired Home Electronics Information

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About Wired Home Wireless Controls Network Software Home Controls
wired home for do-it yourself electronic touchpads: litetouch Intel AnyPoint® home network
wired home architects Crestron residential controls Microsoft home networking
CEDIA electronic association Vantage home automation GE Smart home systems Leviton integrated networks
  lighting control systems home automation for Macintosh  
  X-10 home solutions    

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