Adding square footage with a room addition is one of the most popular home renovation projects. With the proper design and construction, this can make a big difference in how valuable your home is. Room additions vary greatly in terms of complexity and price, with overall cost being largely determined by the purpose of the room addition (kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom) and the extent of the renovation. The purpose contributes to the cost quite a bit due to the cabinetry, plumbing, and electrical costs associated with a project like a kitchen addition.

Room additions vary greatly in terms of complexity and price, with overall cost being largely determined by the purpose of the room addition (kitchen, bathroom, office, bedroom) and the extent of the renovation. The purpose contributes to the cost quite a bit due to the cabinetry, plumbing, and electrical costs associated with a project like a kitchen addition. Other factors to consider include how much demolition is required, and whether it’s necessary to move or remove load-bearing walls, electrical components, or plumbing.

Room additions sound like they can be overwhelming as it’s a structural construction job, meaning we will need to bring in structural engineers to determine how much retrofitting is necessary to support the additional square footage of your home.  In many cases, only a few small square feet change the whole layout of a home. Oftentimes, homeowners don’t immediately recognize the amount of additional support necessary to add to their homes. It’s not just the framing, drywall, skim coating, beams, and roofing.  Rather you are adding structure that does not have a slab under it to support the weight as well as even out the flooring surface from the existing structure to a new one.  When you add on to the roofline, you are also adding stress to existing structural elements that need reinforcing in the sub-terrain in the form of pads that are dug a minimum of 18 inches under the ground.  This means your existing home’s flooring will need to be penetrated and this is a consideration as you decide to add on space.

A recent remodel Battres Construction designed and built in San Clemente is an excellent example of the extra support necessary for additional structural support. This home was on a hillside and added 2 decks that would cantilever over a hillside to extend their ocean view and guest capacity.  To the left, you can see the additional paddings added (visible in yellow highlight) to support the room addition in the front, roofline change, and 2 decks on the backside of the house.

Once you understand the engineering process, it’s much easier to decide where to add space and how much. Working with a design-build firm gives you the advantage of value engineering.  With all of your construction professionals under one roof, you can leverage the collaboration to design with an engineer guiding you toward the most cost-effective methodology for adding space.

We’ve done several projects where we enclose a balcony, a niche, a partial porch enclosure, or other indented areas in your home’s footprint to complete a space and relocate the function for that space so it is easier to use.  You can read a recent case study on two small space enclosures that enabled a small kitchen relocation to be a grand open-concept kitchen plus the addition of a laundry room.  The client walks you through her experience with Sea Pointe Construction for her Tustin remodel as a repeat client and you get a feel for how it is to work with us as a design-build firm and the planning and organization that goes into our remodel approach.  We aim to take the client’s inconveniences out of remodeling to the best we can.  After all, it is still construction and there will be people in your home to do the construction work with current work-from-home orders, it may be inconvenient, but we do our best to shelter you from this with plastic walls with zippers, proper taping, and 100% construction clean up every single day.

Planning A Room Addition

While a few room additions may be completed by Do-It-Yourself homeowners, the majority of these projects require professional involvement due to their complex nature. Sea Pointe Construction makes the process simple. With an experienced design-build team, we can coordinate and execute the entire process from start to finish. That means all of your design, engineering, and construction needs are met under a single contract, and a single point of responsibility and accountability, keeping your project on budget and on time through your whole room addition project.

As a General Contractor and design-build firm, Sea Pointe Construction coordinates all phases of construction, beginning with an analysis of building design and continuing through a home remodeling project completion. Our Project Managers oversee general day-to-day job site operations, ensuring quality construction and compliance with the project timeline. We have an intimate understanding of local building requirements and general systems for obtaining permits in any Orange County city where you choose to build. Efficiently handling such sensitive issues is part of our building contractor package.

Having your whole room addition remodel project with one company enables us to provide you with value engineering which you cannot find outside of a design-build remodeling company due to the logistical limitations of traditional general contractor remodeling.  Value engineering starts with your designer evaluating your home’s entire footprint for the most cost-effective way to deliver your desired space. In a traditional GC model, you would tell your architect that you’d like to add on a space to build an additional bathroom; your architect will draw it just as you requested and you hand the plans off to your contractor to build.  In the value engineering model, your designer looks to leverage existing construction and minimize the costs; this includes evaluating your as-built blueprints and discussing the options with our structural engineer to add this bathroom in the most cost-effective engineering available.

We want to ensure we get you the best value out of your remodel and this is why we collaborate and have a team of design and construction professionals to support your remodeling needs.  We reference multiple construction professionals on our team to deliver your design and build options.  Our goal is to deliver quality design and build options that take the hassle out of remodeling while giving you the best value available.  Once your designer and you finish your design, you’ll know the exact cost of your room addition; no change orders here. Transparent communication to ensure we maintain our repeat and referral customer rate of over 50%.

Battres Construction takes the hassle and jargon out of building your remodel; you won’t need to know or even understand the city building codes.  The building department of Mission Viejo has 20 different building codes from 7 different city legislation departments for a kitchen remodel. We will take care of the details while you enjoy designing your space addition.

Battres Construction is one of Qualified Remodelers TOP 500 contractors in the U.S. (out of 600,000 national contractors) because we follow a very basic construction and remodeling philosophy. We will provide the best team of professional construction management and field personnel possible to meet your construction quality demands and schedule objectives cost-effectively.  In addition to earning this construction award, we have been honored by Professional Remodeler Magazine with the annual Top 50 award, ranking us in the top 50 remodeling companies in the United States.  Santa Ana Register has also named us the top kitchen and bath specialists year after year.  Take a moment to browse through our portfolio of recently completed projects, and then give us a call to let us help you complete your room addition project with ease.

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