Home Addition Specialist, Proudly Serving San Diego County Since 1965
There are many factors that are taken into account. The diversity of additions, complete remodels and ground up design builds all factor different costs. There are no set costs per square foot that we use when pricing. For guidelines you can consider that kitchens and bathrooms are more expensive than other rooms, and that the more area which is added, the more economical the design build process.
In most cases the answer is Yes, you need a permit. Every building department is different and has their own building guidelines and pricing structure.
The name that goes on the permit is the name of the person or company that is ultimately responsible for the project. We recommend putting the permit in the contractor’s name for homeowner protection.
Every property has a specific set of zoning requirements that is defined at your building department. Many of the requirements can be found online or by calling or visiting your city or county building department. We do this for you when you schedule a free in-home estimate and/or design consultation.
This varies depending on home location and complexity of the design. Most single story additions can be permitted in one to two weeks. Second story additions will often take 2 or more months.
Once building begins, we put it in writing that your remodeling project will be done in 90-120 days. Ground up custom homes and whole home renovations would be the exceptions.
Our advice is no, do not get your own plans, and their are a few reasons why.