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Question DetailsAsked on 11/22/2011

We want to build an addition onto our existing house with in floor heat or slab in northeastern MN where do we start?

We have contacted our township and received info on building permits but we are looking for advice on what is possible. Our existing home is a small one and half story block house built in 1940. We want to add a Great room, kitchen and master suite preferably on a slab.

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Radiant in-floor heating is a good idea that is inexpensive and will bring a lot of comfort and return on investment in the future.

Your first step it so meeting with a licensed architect. A design professional will be able to make sure your addition complements your existing building and neighborhood while adding space and value. While many people will try to cut the architect out of the process to save money, in the long run they end up spending more and having the stress of trying to run the project.

An architect can not only give you suggestions on how to add your space, but they can look for cost saving techniques and materials as well as oversee the construction to ensure the qualtiy and plans are followed.

Architects can also review all invoices to ensure they are correct and the work has been done prior to paying the contractor. They will also have contracts and knowledge of local builders who can do the type of work you are looking for. The peace-of-mind alone is often worth the fee, but an architect can save you money with an efficent design as well as quality controls.

The website below has an 'architect finder' feature at the very bottom, put in your zip code and find a few architects to interview.

Good luck!


Answered 9 years ago by Kenny Johnson

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