Room Additions

ARCHITECTURAL ENGINEERING ON ROOM ADDITIONs by Keith Moehle

Here at KM BUILDERS, we have an in-house architectural team that works together to create the remodel of your dreams. While working on room additions, our architectural team shines through and shows you the importance of having an architect working on your room addition.

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KM BUILDERS understands the importance of architects, especially on room addition projects, which is why we have at least two architects on staff! The difference it makes is phenomenal when we compare it with other contractors who don't work with architects on their room addition projects.

Architects will be able to work with the client and contractor first hand to handle roof interface issues, what effects the new addition will have on your HVAC sizing and the electrical load on your home. If you do not have an experienced architect and general contractor working on your room addition, it can look odd because it can be easy to look like someone just built a box and attached it to your home.

However, at KM BUILDERS, we guarantee that our room additions blend so seamlessly that you would never guess it wasn't part of the original structure thanks to our amazing architectural team. Are you ready for a seamless room addition? Call us at 210-680-5626 to get started!

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!



Is a Room Addition on Your Wish List? by Keith Moehle

Room additions are such exciting projects! There are so many options you can pursue when determining which room addition is best for you. we want to walk you through a few you can have KM BUILDERS do for you this year!

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The great thing about room additions is that they are tailored precisely for your needs! Whether it be a closet addition (like the picture we have shown) or adding a second story to your home, we can make it happen!

There are several ways KM BUILDERS can expand your square footage including:

  • Converting your attic, garage, or patio into a livable space.

  • Building a new addition to your existing home.

  • Building a second or potential third story floor or room.

Whichever is the best fit for you, KM BUILDERS has degreed architectural designers & interior designers to make the new room addition seamless. You will get the full value upon resale because the addition will look like it was part of the existing home instead of a tasteless afterthought.

Keith Moehle provides a free consultation to every client that calls in so he can visit your home and explore the possibilities that are open to you. When you are ready to start on the home of your dreams, call 210-680-5626 to set up your appointment.  

----KM BUILDERS is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!



Should I Build on a Pre-existing foundation by Keith Moehle

A lot of homeowners would like a quick fix to get more square-footage by building on a pre-existing foundation, but this can be a recipe for disaster.

We wish that it could be as easy as building on pre-existing foundations, but there are several hurdles we have to go over before we start the process (if it is even possible.)

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Here are a few of the issues that we typically run into:

  • The foundation may not be high enough to keep water out.

  • Your foundation may not be waterproof. This means there is not a moisture barrier to prevent water from coming up from the ground into the newly built room which will result in mold and other issues.

  • In most cases, it is not structurally sound so it may be sloped and have lousy drainage.  

  • If you live in the City of San Antonio, you will have to have an engineer sign off on a letter stating your pre-existing foundation will be able to withstand all of the materials that will be on it. It will be tough to get an engineer to sign off on a letter if there is no way of knowing how the foundation was built.

It is a lot cheaper to enclose a pre-existing foundation, but in the long-haul, you could be paying a hefty price for trying to get a quick fix to more square footage.

Get more square-footage the right way by calling Keith up at 210-680-5626 to see what path we have to take to start an addition!

 

 

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Room Additions: Can I Build a 2nd Story to My Existing Home? by Keith Moehle

Room additions are a great option for homeowners that need extra space, but don’t want to leave their current home!

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Clients are always excited to begin room additions because they are getting substantially more square feet, which can’t be done in any other remodeling project.

There are many different types of room additions, but the more traditional ones include:

  • Building a second story above the existing first story

  • Expanding the floor plan of the first floor

  • Expanding the floor plan of the first floor and build a second story to that as well.

However, when adding a second floor to an existing home some clients are concerned that 1) it won’t look good or 2) they will have foundation problems.

Let’s break down both of these myths:

1)    Our clients are always surprised on how natural adding a 2nd floor actually looks. A second story addition will flow seamlessly with your existing home and will look like it has always been there!

2)    If you are worried about the foundation, the standard for 1-story and 2-story houses are the same! So we are able to build right on top of your existing first floor without you worrying about any future foundation problems. 

Call KM Builders today, so you can be a part of the next addition project and get the space you need! We are the experts in our field and will make sure to take care of your home in the remodeling process!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Popular Room Conversions: Patios, Attics & Garages by Keith Moehle

At a certain point, every homeowner dreams about more square footage in their home… but a room addition isn’t always practical for those living on a budget. That’s where conversions come into play to bring you the extra space at a fraction of the cost!

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There are 3 main types of conversions to get more square footage for your living space! Let's break each of these down and give you some more information!

1)    Let’s start off with Patio Conversions!

  • Patios are a great space to convert to a living space! But sometimes it isn’t so easy to enclose the space.

  • Your patio may not be able to sustain a room addition due to lack of support, it could need to be leveled to the inside of your existing home, or it may not be waterproof.

  • Patios typically gather moisture because of the humidity and rain. But, in some cases the moisture will build up from the ground underneath which can result in mold growing in between the foundation and the flooring which will be laid on top of it. There are things we can do to prevent this from happening, but we need to know beforehand so we can prepare for that!

2)    Next is Attic Conversions!

  • An attic is another great space you can convert into an extra room! We would open up a little bit of your roof to give you proper headspace and insulation.

  • This can be a great space for guests, a little office, or a little reading space all for yourself!

3)    Finally, let’s cover Garage Conversions!

  • Garage conversions are the least expensive of the conversions because you already have the foundation and 3 of the 4 walls!

  • First off, you need to make sure that this project is approved by your Homeowners Association. If they make you keep the garage door, we can actually build a wall behind it so it will have the same outside appearance, but will be insulated in the living space. Additionally, in the future if you or the next buyer prefer the traditional garage space you just need to tear down the wall!

  • You can also convert only half of the garage so you can have extra room, office space, or a workout area and still be able to park a car!

 All of these conversions are a unique alternative for homeowners on a budget! We don’t suggest these conversions to all of our clients, but if your space works we are ready to tackle the conversion to give you much-deserved room! There are precautions to take with each of these projects, but with great planning and professional designers to design your project, you are in good hands with KM Builders! 

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Room Addition: KM Tips & Tricks by Keith Moehle

Room additions are a popular remodeling project and KM Builders usually has at least one room addition taking place at all times. This sounds about right…because who doesn’t want more space?!

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There are so many options when adding onto your home, but there are some KM Tips and Tricks you should know before you get started on your room addition!

  • Get 2 separate AC/Heating units for each floor or even a large 1st floor. This will allow you to be energy efficient and save some $$$ when you aren't using your entire home.

  • Get 2 separate water heaters for a large home. That way your water always stays heated for a long shower!

  • Watch out for tree roots prior to building an addition! Tree roots can destroy your room addition because the roots will grow under the foundation and crack it. The roots are typically as large as the tree’s canopy and there are precautions you can take to prevent it from harming the house including 1) Removing the tree 2) Removing part of the tree roots, & 3) Install a root shield which will block the tree's path to underneath your foundation.

  • Prior to building watch out for the water flow by your house. You don’t want to block the water flow with an addition and then end up with a drainage problem!

  • Clear the addition with your homeowners’ association because some can be very strict! But, if they deny you it doesn’t always mean it's the end! If you can prove that there has been another case like yours, you may have some variance from the HOA or the City of San Antonio.

With these KM Tips & Tricks you will be off to a great start to a successful room addition! We’re excited to work with you to professionally design and build the space of your dreams…what are you waiting for?  

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!