Do you need more living space? Have the walls crept in over the years to where it is actually cramping your style? You may want to consider a residential addition to your home.

The big question is whether to tackle the project yourself or hire a professional contractor to handle the task. The following list of considerations may lead you in the right direction.

Cost Estimates

By doing some number crunching, you can start to determine whether your dream is a reality in the making, or will remain a dream. Factor in all of the associated costs, including: cost of materials, labor, decorating, permits, inspections, demolition, clean up, and an allowance for any unexpected expenses.

Aesthetic Planning

Consider how the proposed residential addition will fit with your existing floor plan. Will the exterior of the project conform to the rest of the home? Will the finishes match what you already have? Will the roof materials, siding and/or paint all match and not look like an addition after you are done?

Design Planning

Talk to a professional architect or contractor. Have them take a look at your current layout and have them determine if you have overlooked any technical items that should be addressed. For example, some houses have an electrical system that may not be capable of additional loading without upgrading.


A residential remodeling project may involve assembling a team of sub-contractors to carry out your project. Coordination of all the various specialties is crucial; most do-it-yourselfers lack the expertise to handle all of the necessary specialties.

If the prospect of completing your residential addition is more than you can handle on your own, consider the services of a professional builder like Criner Remodeling. Criner has the entire team ready—designers, engineers, and construction pros that can turn your dream into reality in a reasonable amount of time.  Call Criner Remodeling at 757-868-6200.