House Addition

After talking about it for about a year, Carolyn and I decided to go ahead with the garage/bonus room addition. We decided to go with a local builder named O’Jennings Home Builders and they started excavation on 17 April 2012.  Unfortunately, it started raining seemingly every other day soon after that and construction was slow, but here we are almost in June and we have floor one (the garage) under cover and the roof trusses are due to arrive later this week.


Excavation just beginning. This after moving the gas tank about 30 feet and reconnecting, which strangely resulted in a ruptured gas line (nail hole) and four holes in the basement drywall to try to find the leak.


Footers have been poured and block foundation is complete. Footprint of garage is 28′ x 28′.


Laundry room expansion is 13′ x 13′ and is above a crawl space. Stairs within will give access to second floor of addition.


First floor walls going up.


Massive garage header installed. Triple LVL beams.


Engineered trusses to cover the 28 foot span without support posts. Trusses are 18″ deep and installed 16″ on center. Seems solid.


Just before the flooring panels were laid on 2nd floor.

2 Responses to “House Addition”


  • You sure have taken on a huge project – more power to you, only have lots of cash in your pocket!!!!!! Luv u all. Thea

  • Lou & Toni Politis

    looks like its coming along well. send pictures to Holmes on HGTV and see what he thinks. What about waterproofing the foundation and insulation. they have blue waterproof insulation which they show on tv used in garages and basements which is blown in. thank you for keeping us updated. why the crawl space?

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