Building an Extension onto your home

Asked by Hugh Masterson, Broomfield, CO Wed Sep 18, 2013

How do you go about building an extension onto your home taking up some of your yard space. How do you get the permit? How long does it take and can you build the extension yourself if you get some sort of construction licence (if needed), assuming you have the DIY knowhow.

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Terry Bell, Agent, Santa Rosa, CA
Sat Sep 21, 2013
Suggest you seek out your local city or county building permit department and talk to them about what the requirements are in your area. They should have information about doing work yourself on your own home and their inspection process. If getting some estimates from contractors, it is a good idea to consider whether your home could sell for what you are putting into it. sometimes your neighborhood will not support a house that is over-built for the neighborhood and you may not be able to re-coup your investment.
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Robin Cunnin…, Agent, Broomfield, CO
Thu Sep 19, 2013
I would recommend contacting the Broomfield building department. They are extremely helpful and can guide you through the process.
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Johnny Shi, Home Buyer, American Fork, UT
Mon Mar 30, 2015
What an exciting thing to build an extension onto your home. I wish it was as simple as it sounds. I would be sure and contact a professional and see what his thoughts were. Most of the time people will come look at the property for no cost. It's also good to get more than one opinion when looking at contractors. http://cochisetech.net
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Eugene Dean, Home Buyer, Provo, UT
Mon Mar 30, 2015
You should probably consult with a professional contractor. They will be familiar with all the permit and licensing requirements in your area. This really isn't a project you want to take on unless you know what you are doing. A home extension can add or detract from a property's value depending on how it is done.

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karablader, Home Buyer, Utah County, UT
Thu Jun 12, 2014
The requirements to get a permit are different for each area. I would contact your local offices to know what you need to do in order to acquire one. You are welcome to build the extension on yourself. I'm not sure if there is something extra you have to get on your permit that states that, though.
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Robert McGui…, Agent, Denver, CO
Sat Sep 21, 2013
Hi Oscar,

In most cases you need a local general contractor to consult with and take care of all of the permits, licenses, inspections, etc. A building extension is one of the more complex types of remodelling and needs all of the professions to be involved in getting it done correctly.

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This is what I was going to say. A home extension is a great way to make a building better (and to add a lot of value), but it needs to be done right. If you try to take on the entire thing alone, you'll probably get overwhelmed and give up. Find a good contractor and spend a long time talking about all the possibilities for your house and property. Keep an open mind to their suggestions-- they've done this more than you have. And good luck with your renovation!
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Sally Grenier, Agent, Boulder, CO
Fri Sep 20, 2013
I agree with Robin. You need to go to the city building department. I have found most building departments to be very helpful. Find find out if you CAN do it. Then you need to submit building plans (created/designed by a pro who knows how to build a house or addition!) That will get submitted to the building dept and then they will give you the permits. And the whole thing will be inspected along the way, so you need a pro do to all the work (licensed electrician, plumber, roofer,etc.) so you get a Certificate of Occupancy when the whole thing is done. Good luck!
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It can be a process to add an extension to your house. We had to go through a lot of the same things to get approval and permits to have the project done. Just stick to it and you will probably be very happy with the results. Sometimes just adding a little space to a house can add a lot to how it feels.
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