Communication is critical to building an addition. Even if you decide to take on a large portion of the project yourself, you will need to submit blueprints to building code officials and communicate with others throughout various stages of the project. And, if you hire professional designers and builders, you'll have to communicate to them the ideas you develop during planning so they can follow your plan without guessing.
You'll need to communicate your home addition plans effectively in drawings and specifications to obtain a building permit and to solicit bids from builders and materials suppliers. The following sections cover the tools you can use to prepare some of the preliminary drawings yourself, as well as details about two of the key plans you need to prepare: the site plan and the floor plan.
Continued on page 2: Drawing Site and Floor Plans