As everywhere, it is the OP's job to separate the wheat from the chaff.
But you could help ...
IMO, the advice to get an architect (local preferably) is the best. Then
if any engineering is involved, get more advice. Local word of mouth will
be the best thing. Our addition came out beautiful, in style with the
original and the neighborhood. The one problem we had was with the heating
of the addition, and that led us to invest in a change from steam to hot
water baseboard, and a 2-zone system. In 2001 it cost an extra 9K (but
replaced an elderly heating system that proably wasn't going to last too
long). All very worthwhile for us!
Well, though you had a great experience, that's just one aspect of why
usenet is not a very good forum for such and open ended question. Many that
hang out here would be very capable of building a perfectly proper addition
on a house, without an architect's involvement. Others would elect to go
the path you did. As an open forum, usenet tends to supply an endless
stream of experiences and opinions that make good reading, sometimes inform,
but often simply surround such open ended questions with just lots of words.
I actually do try to help quite a bit here, but sometimes even I get a wild
hair out of place, and spout off. In this case I don't think I was overly
I apologize if I offended. No offense was intended. Indeed, usenet is
open to all, and any (and all) opinions one sees here are only that, the
I still think having an architect and a contractor who were very familiar
with the local circumstances, rules, etc. was very helpful to us when we
did major remodeling. I believe it would be better for many people in
similar circumstances. However, if you live where no architectural
rules, building permits and standards are applicable, or if you can
process the paperwork easily yourself, then by all means do the work
yourself. In fact, I have added some wiring and shelves to my home (this
and the previous one), and it has worked out just fine so far. But for
major new plumbing and appliance installations as well as real remodleing
like replacing siding and windows plus my addition, I have hired
qualified people, and not only because I didn't have the time.
Well now you've hit on something totally different, and even more valid.
There are some absolute truths in life. Among those most worthy of
internalizing are (1) more than a handful is wasted, and (2) if it's got to
do with plumbing, farm out the work.
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