Sacramento Home Addition Contractor Video: Get Tips and Ideas for Adding an Addition to Your Home

74When you decide to build an addition for your home, you face virtually boundless opportunity. You could add a master bedroom, or build your own home theater. You could outfit your house out with a second garage or a brand new bathroom. You can deck your new rooms out with modern amenities and personal design touches, such as towering windows, sophisticated lighting, and eco-friendly cooling systems. You can accessorize your bathrooms with luxurious Jacuzzis and sophisticated steam rooms. But what’s the right choice for you?

Building an addition for your home is a huge undertaking, demanding extensive planning, energy, and time. If you’re considering building an addition for your home, hiring a Sacramento home addition contractor will ensure your dream home addition will come to fruition. An experienced contractor can guide you through the initial design process and oversee building, making sure the project is up to code and the new addition harmoniously blends with the original design. With the help of a contractor, you can build an addition that adds value and comfort to your home, without sacrificing precious yard space or wasting hard-earned money.

To hear tips and ideas for building an addition for your home, take a look at the video below:

To talk to a Sacramento home addition contractor who can help make your dream a reality, please contact Russ Johnson Construction today.


TITLE: Get Tips and Ideas for Adding an Addition to Your Home

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Welcome back to Real Estate Today. I’m Elliot Koolik here with Gary Slossberg of National Homebuilding and Remodeling. The music you hear in the background is music to Gary’s ears, because if he didn’t hear that he’d be very upset, because that means things are being done on his job site.

This is a classic example of a neighborhood that was built in the ‘80s, and what you’re starting to see now is a lot of additions and remodeling. In this particular example, what is going on here, Gary?
GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, this is a typical example of what we do, and what so many of our clients are doing. This is a second-story addition behind me. This homeowner added a third car garage and a second story above. Probably more popular are the media rooms, the game rooms, so that’s what we’re doing here. We’re adding bedrooms, bathrooms, a media room, a game room… so the house is really going to have it all when it’s done.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Now, the existing house before they did the addition was how large?

GARY SLOSSBERG: The existing house was about 43-, 4,400 square feet.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: And they’re adding another 1,400.

GARY SLOSSBERG: About 1,400 with change.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: A little under 6,000 square feet.

And what’s kind of nice about the neighborhood… we happen to be in Les Jardins in Boca Raton. And what this neighborhood is known for, aside from the lush landscaping, is they have nice-size lots. What you’re starting to see is, compared to some of the newer communities, land is at a premium.

I imagine one of the things that they kind of toyed with is that they loved the neighborhood so much, it just was lacking in some of the newer amenities that some of the newer houses have.

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, that’s true. I mean, in this particular case, by going up, we did not sacrifice any of their yard. Now, as Elliot said at the beginning, this neighborhood’s an older neighborhood, some of the lands, or some of the lots are actually larger than some of the others we’ve seen, and this particular client wanted to maintain that. He has young children, he wants to maintain a nice yard with a pool.

So by going up, we were able to accomplish more square footage and keep his yard the way it was, really. So it worked out well.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Now, when you met with them originally, what analysis did you go through? Did they come to you and say, “well, we’re looking to do this type of addition”? Had they done any homework before they even considered?

GARY SLOSSBERG: This particular client did do homework. He kind of knew what he wanted to do. He knew he didn’t want to sacrifice the yard. He knew he wanted to go up. He knew he wanted a game room. He knew he wanted a media room. He knew that he wanted a couple more bedrooms and a bathroom.

So, this homeowner was one of the more educated homeowners, in that he really had a direction. So that helped us expedite things.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Now, I’m sure a lot of people at home don’t really understand how long this process takes. So from the day you met them to, let’s say, the day you broke ground—how long was that process?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Four days. The first thing we have to do—of course, we do everything by code—we have to get architectural plans, we have to get permits, and so on and so forth. Currently, permitting is taking about six to eight weeks.

Architectural plans—if they have them—can go right in for permit. If they don’t, an architect might take a couple of months before—

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Did you recommend the architect on this?

GARY SLOSSBERG: In this case we did. Yes, we put the architect here. So you’re looking at probably about five weeks of actual working time on this project.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: And I don’t know if everyone at home can see what’s going on, but I see concrete block on the first floor and you did frame on the second.

I know sometimes the whole house is built out of frame, sometimes it’s all block. What are the issues that surround those kind of—

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, again, in this particular case, this is an existing home. So that means the home was built with a certain type of foundation and footings to hold the foundation. So we’re adding a second-story addition to what was a single-story home. So therefore, to lighten up some of the load on the second floor, we went ahead and did a stick frame, or a frame wood second-story addition.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Now, a lot of houses are built with concrete block on the first floor and frame on the second. Obviously there’s no issue with hurricanes as it relates to that versus, let’s say, doing block all the way.

GARY SLOSSBERG: I mean, can you do block all the way up? You can do block all the way up. Again, it’s easier to do that with a new home than it is to a remodel depending upon the existing structure. But as far as the hurricane question, Elliot, quite frankly, the codes have become so strict that whether we do it out of plywood, concrete block, or some other material, we have to adhere to such strict guidelines, it really doesn’t make a difference.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Okay, fair answer. Now, on this house, I notice that the roof… there’s no roof on the semi addition, and there’s a roof on the existing house. Do you usually recommend that they replace the whole roof, or can you match the tiles?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, in this particular case—that’s a great question, because matching existing conditions is one of the most challenging parts of remodeling. When I walk away from a home, I don’t want it to look like, “Oh, I see. You added this part on.” I want it to look like it was always part of the home.

In this particular case, believe it or not, we managed to salvage almost all of the roof tiles from the original roof that we took off. It took a long time and more labor and it was a little more expensive to do it. But we carefully took off all the roof tiles and if we ever walk back to the back of the house, I can show you, they’re all stacked up.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Really? So you think that’ll be enough coverage?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, I think it’s going to help. Certainly in the front of the house, where you see it the most. You’ll never be able to know the difference.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Okay, that’s very interesting. So why don’t we do this? Let’s go take a look at—let’s get up close and maybe we can kind of talk about the type of trusses, the floor trusses, the plywood, how you applied it, and really give everybody at home a good understanding of what’s involved, at least in this project.


ELLIOT KOOLIK: Welcome back to Real Estate Today. I’m Elliot Koolik and we’re here with Gary Slossberg with National Homebuilding and Remodeling. We’ve been kind of talking about what’s going on with remodeling and some of the issues surrounding it. I wanted to kind of look through one of his projects in more detail.

So Gary, these are the plans to what you’re building. So why don’t you walk everybody through it so they have an understanding.

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well sure. I don’t know if you all can see this but basically what we’re doing here—this homeowner has really encompassed everything that I think most of my clients are striving for. First of all, we added a third-car garage in the first floor, which of course, we all know we don’t have enough storage or room for our cars and that’s a great attribute right there. Going up to the second floor, we added a guest bedroom with its own bathroom. This is kind of interesting, it’s a media room which is totally soundproof. It’s going to be like a home theater, which is terrific if you can get it in your home.

Then, you can see this large area of space is going to be a playroom. Now, I don’t know if it’s a kids’ playroom or an adult playroom because it is so large. It’s going to have a beautiful wet bar, and it’s just a fantastic place to entertain. So this house is really encompassing so many of the things that are desired today.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: And it’s really amazing and I’m looking at the area calculations and the square footage actually is—originally it was 5,300, and they’re taking it up to almost 7,000. So, you know, sometimes you think that 5,000, 4,000, 3,000 is a lot of space, but in this particular case I guess they just wanted more.

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, I mean, these clients plan on being here for a long time, maybe retiring in this home. They want to make sure there’s plenty of space for their kids, and maybe their kids’ kids. So what we’re doing is looking towards the future with this remodel.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: Okay, great. Gary, why don’t we walk through the site a little bit and just maybe point out some things to everybody at home as far as what goes on when you’re actually remodeling.

GARY SLOSSBERG: Elliot, here we are a little bit closer to the home that we’re doing. You can see that this is the third-car garage here on the first floor, obviously. Up above is where the guest bedroom and bathroom will be. The addition goes all the way back, and again does not impair on his property, on his yard, so it’s a terrific situation for everybody.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: So Gary, I notice, what are the straps there? Those are hurricane straps?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, again, those are hurricane straps, typical of South Florida building code. By code, you have to be secured from the very peak of the roof, to the walls, to the trusses. You have to be secured all the way down to the first floor. So that’s typical hurricane strapping that is required of today.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: And, what, do you have to strap it a certain amount of distance all the way around the whole—?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Every single joist and every single beam and every single, you know, two-by-four or two-by-eight, needs to be strapped. It’s kind of one of those things that if you do not strap it properly and—god forbid—we have a disaster like we had last year, even one weak area could really effect the whole structure, so everything’s got to be strapped.

ELLIOT KOOLIK: I notice you have the dumpster covered. Why? Is that something your company does?

GARY SLOSSBERG: Well, you know earlier we were speaking about what you look for in contractors, and so on and so forth. I say, well, you know we become part of your family, so to speak.

Well, this is what I’m talking about. I mean, it’s difficult to be here. The client, you know, we get along great, but he’s anxious to get into his home. We know that a dumpster in his driveway is probably not the most ideal situation for him. So especially towards the latter part of the day, we like to cover up the dumpster. First of all, it makes it a little bit less unsightly, and secondly, it prevents debris from blowing into the neighbors. So this is something we try and do every night to accommodate the client.

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