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Home Addition Timeline From Start To Finish

Home Addition Timeline

If you are considering a home addition or renovation, we know you are excited to add beauty and functionality to the home you love. We also know you might have questions about how long your home addition will take to build.

At Action Builders, we understand how overwhelming a home addition can be for you and your family. Our team has created a home addition timeline to help you understand the steps and factors that influence your Pittsburgh home addition so that you can have peace of mind for your family and future.

Significant Steps in the Home Addition Timeline

No matter what rooms or features you decide to include in your renovation, the timeline for your home renovation stays the same. Here are the major stages of any home remodel project:

1. Create a Plan and Budget

Estimated Timeline: Varies

We know you’re already dreaming about your beautiful new home addition. Now, it’s time to develop a plan for what you want your upgrade to accomplish.

Decide the rooms, space, and functionality you want to add to your home. Then, develop a realistic budget of how much you plan to spend on the project.

Once you have completed the plan and budget for your home renovation, you are ready to talk with a qualified contractor.[/vc_column_text][vc_message message_box_color=”grey” icon_fontawesome=””]

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2. Contractor Consultation and Ballpark Pricing

Estimated Timeline: 4 weeks

During this stage of the home remodel timeline, a contractor will meet with you for a consultation and can provide a ballpark price for your home addition.

When you choose a contractor, don’t merely choose based on price. Instead, select a contractor with a good reputation. Your contractor will be in and out of your home for several months, so it’s critical to choose someone you trust.

3. Design Process and Signing the Contract

Estimated Timeline: 16 weeks

A professional contractor will want to get your home addition right the first time, which is why the design process and signing the contract is the most lengthy step in the process. Here are the steps included in the design process:

1. Initial drawing

Your contractor will assess your home and create initial drawings and options for your review.

2. Final drawing

After reviewing the initial drawing and selecting from the materials, finishes, design elements, etc., provided by your contractor, the final design drawing will be completed and given to you with a contract.

3. Sign contract

Your contract should cover payment schedules, the materials to be used, approximate start and finish dates, and all other elements of your home addition.

4. Acquire permit and prepare the site

Before construction begins, your contractor must secure a building permit. While you wait, prepare the construction site by removing any personal belongings that may be in the way of construction.

4. Construction

Estimated Timeline: 14 weeks

The last step in your home renovation timeline is the construction of your added home space. During this phase, your contractors will perform the following steps:

1. Demolition

Contractors remove anything from your home that will be replaced or renovated and lay the foundations for any new room additions.

2. Framing

Contractors frame new rooms, walls, or additions to your home.

3. Mechanical Work

Plumbers, heating and air conditioning specialists, and electricians perform all the mechanical work on your home while your contractor adds drywall and insulation.

4. Painting and Features

Contractors paint the walls and ceilings and add the flooring, tile, doors, and cabinets to your home addition.

5. Final Touches

Your contractor will add countertops, backsplashes, final touches on your paint, and electrical and plumbing fixtures.

Factors that Influence the Home Addition Timeline

Even though the significant steps in your home addition stay the same, delays during your home addition or renovation should be expected. Here are a few of the most common factors that may increase your project length.

Size of your project

How large is your home renovation? If you are only renovating a room or two, your project will be less likely to deviate from the project timeline. If you opt for a multi-room or multi-story remodel, there is a higher chance your contractor will run into delays.


If the cabinets, countertops, and tile you choose for your renovation are on backorder, your contractor may have to extend your project timeline. Additionally, homeowners who take a long time to decide on materials and finishes may end up extending their project timeline.

Subcontractor delays

The heating and air conditioning specialists, plumbers, and electricians may be running behind schedule and disrupt your home addition timeline.

Type of room addition or renovation

Room additions take longer to complete than room remodels because your contractor is starting from scratch. However, certain types of rooms take longer to renovate than others.

For instance, a large kitchen requires more work to renovate than a small bathroom. Kitchen appliances require extra mechanical work, and measuring for and installing new countertops and cabinets can add weeks to your timeline.

Expand Your Home with Action Builders

If the home you love is hindering your lifestyle, it may be time to invest in a beautiful, functional home addition.

Our team at Action Builders diligently works to assess your current home and provide you with an accurate cost estimate and project timeline for a design that fits with the needs of your family.

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