Building an addition to your home is an adventure marked by hundreds of decisions. This book will make you an informed consumer who can really talk to the professionals involved in your project. More than 180 full-color drawings and 100 color photographs.

Author: Jerry Germer
192 pp., 8.5" x 10.87"
Book#: 277004
ISBN: 1-880029-99-5
UPC: 0-78585-02999-0

$16.95 (US) $22.95 (Canada)
--Woman’s Day Special Interest Publications Additions & Decks
Planning Your Addition by Jerry Germer, takes you through six successful examples of homeowners who came up with effective plans for additions and ended up with the results they wanted. Each renovation is different and each is detailed step by step explaining the decisions that were made and providing floor plans and drawings. Advice on finding financing, evaluating estimates and what you can do yourself is addressed.

An Overall Approach to Additions by Sara Pitzer
Salisbury Post, North Carolina August 2,1998

This book is not a step-by-step project book. It is a book to use in planning ahead for your addition. Planning Your Addition presents six case studies that explore the experiences of real homeowners who have built additions—how they decided what they wanted, how they went about getting it, what problems they faced and what they would do differently in hindsight.
One important section discusses, in clear language beautifully free of jargon, options for financing your project. A home equity loan, for instance, allows you to draw on it as needed but will probably have a variable rate. A second mortgage will probably have a fixed rate, but you are locked into whatever amount you negotiate regardless of what the cost of your project ends up being. Refinancing will require starting from scratch as far as closing costs are concerned but may be a good option if current interest rates are at least two points lower than current rate. A simple chart lays out the pro and cons of various financial institutions and loans.
Living with the project
After finishing an addition, homeowners often say they had no idea how disruptive the experience would be to their daily lives. A section on what the process will be like will help you evaluate what you can handle.
The book also guides you in choosing materials and workers. The roles of architects, builders, designers and subcontractors are explained in depth so you can talk to the professionals you hire.
A glossary gives you the language to do it with.
The book has more than 180 color illustrations. Detailed architectural plans show how a house is assembled and what is involved in adding on. More than 100 photos explore design ideas that you can use as a starting point in planning an addition with an architect or builder.
You get a sense of how this book teaches from the names and sequence of its nine chapters: Assessing your needs, forming a plan of attack, defining the project, from dreams to design, defining the super-structure, envelope decisions (the skin, insulation, doors, windows and skylights, roofing), finishing the interior, creating comfort in your addition (heat and cooling), and building the addition. But perhaps the most invaluable advice is three recommendations under "Some Final Words:" Stay flexible, be patient, express yourself. The last paragraph says, "Get away from your project from time to time. Dine out. Take time to relax."
Keep in mind that all the planning and construction will fade to a faint memory at some time in the future, and you will be getting a lifetime of pleasure from an addition that is just right for you."
Homeowners with completed additions must be nodding.

Salisbury Post, North Carolina August 2,1998

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