Additions Process

You decided you are ready for an addition. Now what?

Congratulations! Most people may not even know where to begin once they decide they are ready to build an addition. We believe it’s important for you to understand what to expect during the process, from the first conversation to the last coat of paint.

With a philosophy that focuses on quality rather than quantity, we are committed to delivering the highest quality work. This is achieved through a design and build process that places a heavy emphasis on planning before the first nail is even hammered.

We approach additions and large renovation projects as an ongoing conversation between us and the homeowner the whole way through to completion. Your project will have two phases: Design and Build, each with a distinct and proven process to keep on schedule and on budget.

Good communication is key to understanding on both sides to ensure the space is completed how it was envisioned. And we love what we do. Our team is as excited about imagining the possibilities as you are!

We are one of the few area builders with dedicated project managers and crews for each project. We work closely with the homeowners to review all details along the way.
Most people don’t know what to expect during the renovation process. Relax! We do them every day. These nine steps are a typical flow of an addition project. (see our FAQs for more details)

Most people do not know what to expect during the addition process. Relax! We do them every day and lead you through the process step by step.


1. Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation we walk through the home and discuss your initial thoughts on where you think the addition makes the most sense. Some homeowners already know exactly what the space is going to be and where they are going to put it. Others know they need more space but don’t know what makes the most sense for their home. It really just depends on the home and what the owner’s need s are for the new space.

2. Ballpark Pricing

After the initial consult is completed, action builders will put together some ballpark pricing. This is meant to provide the homeowner with the general costs of where we think the project costs will fall based on the initial conversation. Since most homeowners have never done an addition project before, this pricing helps them make an informed decision if an addition project will make sense for their home.

3. Review Costs & Financing Options

Addition projects are paid for with either the homeowners cash or financed. After the receipt of the ballpark pricing the homeowner can then either evaluate their personal finances or start talking with banks about financing options.

4. Design Agreement

Once the finances have been verified the next step with action builders is the design agreement. This agreement allows us to put the time needed into the project to research the existing conditions at the home and to draw the initial floor plans. Typically, one or two revisions are done to the plans which result in the final floor plans for the project.

5. Scope of Work & Project Costs

Upon completion of the final floor plans a scope of work is completed by action builders with the actual costs involved to do the work. The scope of work (SOW) is essentially the contract for the project to be approved by the homeowner.

6. Signed Contract, Deposit, & Schedule

The scope of work is approved and the contract is signed with a deposit given to action builders which holds the spot on the schedule. Typically, Action Builders is scheduled 3-4 months in advance and the new project is added with an estimated start date. We finish our current work before starting any new projects so the start date is always an estimate.

7. Permit Drawings

Upon contract signing the permit drawings are completed and any engineering is stamped. The permit is then applied for and pending the area is typically received within just a few days.

8. Material & Finish Selections

Between the contract signing and construction start the goal is to select as many if not all of the finish selections for the project. Exact kitchen layout is completed and all tile, flooring, cabinets, and bath selections are made. Projects that have the selections made before the start always run smoother instead of rushing during the projects to keep up with the construction.

9. Construction Start

Once our current projects have started and all permits have been received. Construction will begin!

Design Process

Additions Process


construction process

Sometimes you may think building an addition is impossible, either space-wise, financially or just because the thought of it is too overwhelming. Don’t’ worry. We’ve seen it all. Take a look at our Before and After photos and see for yourself!

Contact us today for a free consultation. We are as excited to imagine the possibilities as you are!

Action Builders offers free in home design consultation and estimate services. Sample drawings & references are available.