Today’s Addition Update

Raising the walls on master bedroom addition.
Raising the walls on the Today's Addition master bedroom addition.

Our special, two-part edition of Today’s Homeowner will take you step-by-step through the process of adding an addition onto your home. Our master bedroom addition is attached to the back of the existing house and adds almost 500 square feet of much needed floor space. It features a raised ceiling in the center of the room as well as a breakfast bar for those lazy Saturday mornings.

The room’s five windows—along with double glass doors that open onto the deck—will supply plenty of light during the day, and recessed light fixtures in the ceiling give the room a warm glow at night.

It’s been over a month now since we started on the project, and as you can see, we’ve made considerable progress. Here’s what we’ve managed to accomplish so far:

  • Move existing central air conditioner
  • Cut brick wall and remove bricks
  • Dig footings and install steel reinforcement
  • Pour concrete for footings
  • Lay concrete blocks for foundation
  • Truck in fill dirt and compact
  • Rough in plumbing for sink
  • Put down 6 mil black plastic vapor barrier for slab
  • Install 6”x6” reinforcing wire mesh for slab
  • Pour slab and install anchor bolts for walls
  • Frame and raise walls using a treated bottom plate bolted to slab
  • Sheath walls and cover with house wrap
  • Cut and install rafters
  • Framing for ceiling, including collar ties to support raised ceiling
  • Attach hurricane straps to walls and rafters
  • Install roof sheathing and asphalt shingles using vented ridge
  • Frame in eaves for vinyl soffit and fascia
  • Rough in wiring for plugs and recessed light fixtures

Keep checking back to follow all the details of Today’s Addition: A Restful Retreat. An on-site webcam will be live in just a few days.

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Backed by his 40-year remodeling career, Danny served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s The Early Show and The Weather Channel for more than a decade. His extensive hands-on experience and understanding of the industry make him the go-to source for all things having to do with the home – from advice on simple repairs, to complete remodels, to helping homeowners prepare their homes for extreme weather and seasons.


  1. I recently had an addition put on where my deck used to be to make my 70’s kitchen larger. Footings and outside foundation around the addition was done but filled with dirt under the new area. I live in NH and haven’t spoken to my contractor yet because I don’t want to sound too silly. But…how does the plumbing get done? I have a sink to put in and water/ice refridgerator, etc. You can’t run plumbing under the floor as we get to 10 degrees below zero. What do you think they will do? Thank you.

  2. Kim,
    I’m not sure how it’s handled in New Hampshire, but here in the South the plumbing is usually run in or under the slab before it’s poured.


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