Additions Frequently Asked Questions

Getting a Bid

How do I determine if a remodeling company is right for me?
What warning signs should I look out for when considering a home remodeling company?
Should I always go with the contractor that provides the lowest estimate?
Will the room addition increase the value of my home?
Why should I remodel my home?
How will a room addition look on my house?
Will it fit with the style of my house?
Will it look like it was just tacked on?
Do we need to leave our home during the remodeling job?
What about a Warranty?

About Sussel Rooms

Where is your office located?
How long have you been in business?
Do you have any references?
Do you have insurance and a bond?
Does your company assist with financing if necessary?
Do you have your own workers or do you sub the job out?
How do I know that everyone has been paid at the end of the job?
What happens if someone from the remodeling company is injured while working at my house?
How long does it take for a normal remolding project (on an average)?

Designs and Permits

What is the first step to building a room addition?
Do I need to have plans drawn first before you can give me a price on my project?
Can you help us with blue prints?
Do I really need to permit my project?
Do we have to get involved with the city for permits or will you provide them?
Can we perform some of the work ourselves?

Building

What kind of foundation is necessary?
Can you build on my existing deck?
How will it attach to the house and roofline?
Can you match my shingles?
How do I heat and cool the room?
What kind of electrical needs will I have?
What kind of opening windows are available?
What kind of flooring should I put in my Room Addition?
Can we purchase cabinets or appliances ourselves?
Can you put cable TV, phone, networking, and media cables in my room addition?
What kind of base wall can I have? Can it match the house?
Does the entire job include electrical, plumbing, etc... or do I need to find separate contractors on my own?
Can the room addition be open to the house, or does it have to be separated by doors?
How do you finish the existing house wall which will become an inside wall?

My New Addition

The windows were recently installed in my new addition but screens were not. Why?
The locks that were installed on my new doors are not the color and style I chose. In fact, they look used and dirty. Why?
How will my house be secured since a hole will need to be cut in the outside wall of the existing house for access to the addition?

 

 

Getting a Bid

How do I determine if a remodeling company is right for me?

You need to do some checking. Check out the contractors you are interested in using on-line. See how long they have been in business and what kind of building reputation they have and how long they have been in business. Make sure they have an office and aren't working out of their truck. Find out if they are using cell phones only or if they have an office phone number. Check with the BBB and Builders Association. Ask for references.

What warning signs should I look out for when considering a home remodeling company?

• They only take cash.
• They expect you to get the permits.
• They want payment up front.
• They have no business phone and use cell phones only.
• They don't have you sign a written contract.

Should I always go with the contractor that provides the lowest estimate?

Not always. When looking at your estimates. It should always be a written estimate. The prices should be comparable to each other. If there is one that is really high or low compared to the others, you might want to ask questions with the contractor to find out why they are so far different from the other estimates.

Will the room addition increase the value of my home?

Yes, any remodeling to a home will increase its value as well as tax benefits make your home one of the wisest investments you’ll ever make.

Why should I remodel my home?

Many homeowners remodel to keep their home in good shape or to add additional space for growing families. Many just want a change or to make space more usable and up-to-date. Any remodeling you do will almost always add value to your home.

How will a Room Addition look on my house?

When finished, your room addition will look like it was always part of the house.

Will it fit with the style of my house?

We will work with you to design your new room with the style of your house in mind.

Will it look like it was just tacked on?

No, we want to make sure your room addition feels and looks like it was always there.

Do we need to leave our home during the remodeling job?

It’s usually not necessary. Actually, we like the customers to stay home. If we have any questions, it is easier if the customer is home.

What about warranty?

Backing up our effort to provide you with the finest room addition possible is our Satisfaction and Performance Guarantee and Warranty. It guarantees all materials and workmanship against structural defects for 10 years…assuring you of an addition that will give you years of satisfaction.

 

About Sussel Rooms

Where is your office located?

St. Paul, Minnesota. Please feel free to check our Contact page.

How long have you been in business?

Sussel Builders has been in business since 1915.

Do you have any references?

Yes! We feel it is necessary for prospective customers to be able to check with past customers in their own area to get a feel of what it is like working with us. References are available by contacting our office or by checking out our testimonial page on our website.

Do you have insurance and a bond?

We are licensed (License #1934), bonded and insured so you can trust that we have the experience and integrity that you are looking for.

Does your company assist with financing if necessary?

Yes, financing is available. We work not only with major banks about construction financing, but we also work with the Federal and State fix up funds with rebates. See our Financing Page.

Do you have your own workers or do you sub the job out?

Sussel Builders has 15 employees and a number of subcontractors, which have been with us for many years. We only hire licensed subcontractors with good experience.

How do I know that everyone has been paid at the end of the job?

We give you proof. We’ll give you copies of all the sub-contractor and supplier final waiver of liens, and a final waiver of lien from Sussel Builders.

What happens if someone from the remodeling company is injured while working at my house?

Sussel is fully licensed, insured and bonded. Our subcontractors are also required to carry insurance and we keep a file on each one that works for us.

How long does it take for a normal remolding project (on an average)?

Usually it takes 2-3 months depending on the size and details involved in the project.

 

Designs and Permits

What is the first step to building a room addition?

A plan. You need to know what your desires for your new room is. From there, we can help you with an estimate and blue prints or, you can work with your own architect which we will cooperate with though your project.

Do I need to have plans drawn first before you can give me a price on my project?

No. Unlike most contractors, we will spend time with you determining the best solution for your goals and situation, and draw a preliminary plan for you to review. Once you’re happy with the design, we will prepare a written estimate of costs with drawings – all for FREE!

Can you help us with blue prints?

Yes, we have a staff, which will draw and produce blueprints for you.

Do I really need to permit my project?

Yes, it is necessary to have permits so that the City can inspect our work and make sure your project is built according to Code and is safe for you to live in.

Do we have to get involved with the city for permits or will you provide them?

No. Sussel provides all permits for your home improvement project as part of the package. The only time you may be involved is if there is a variance.

Can we perform some of the work ourselves?

Yes, you are welcome to do some of the installation yourself. If you are licensed in some field or just want to do some of the work yourself to save money we will provide you with the instructions (if needed) and a time frame for when it needs to be done to keep the overall project on schedule.

 

Building

What kind of foundation is necessary?

There are a couple ways to go for a foundation. We will make sure the foundation you decide on will be up to code and equal to the home it is holding up.

Can you build on my existing deck?

Some of the time, depending on the foundation of your deck because of the added load of the new structure it might not meet the requirements for the added load. There are several options we can discuss.

How will it attach to the house and roofline?

We will design the roof styles so that it blends seamlessly with your home.

Can you match my shingles?

If they are still available from the manufacturer. If the singles are not available, we will use the closest match with your approval.

How do I heat and cool the room?

We have a number of options for heating and cooling. It depends on the style of your room and what will work with the project and with what you already have.

What kind of electrical needs will I have?

We install the electrical to city code. A typical electrical package includes 4 outlets, a fan with switches and an outside light, but if you need wiring for computers, cable, and phone or want more switches we can accommodate that.

What kind of opening windows are available?

Any are available and we will show you examples of each kind during the design process.

What kind of flooring should I put in my Room Addition?

There are many options for flooring. It just depends on what you want and what will look right in your new addition. We have a local flooring company that will help you decide what is best for your situation or, you can go out on your own and find the flooring you would like. We just ask that you have it ready to install when it's on the schedule.

Can we purchase cabinets or appliances ourselves?

Yes, you can purchase cabinets or appliances yourselves. The only thing we ask is that they be delivered and installed or be delivered to be installed on schedule to keep the rest of the project on a timely pace and that you take care of any warranties.

Can you put cable TV, phone, networking, and media cables in my room addition?

Yes! We keep all these things in mind when design your new room addition. The Layout of any cables will be on the blue prints for you to approve.

What kind of base wall can I have? Can it match the house?

Yes, we can match your base wall to the house. Very unique trim may have some additional cost for tooling and installation.

Does the entire job include electrical, plumbing, etc... or do I need to find separate contractors on my own?

Sussel Builders provides a full service for your entire project needs.

Can the room addition be open to the house, or does it have to be separated by doors?

It depends on what your needs are. You can have it open to another room or have it closed in with it's own doorway. There are several options that we will discuss with you during design consultation.

How do you finish the existing house wall which will become an inside wall?

It depends on the style and design of your room addition. After removing the siding striping it down to the studs we can sheetrock the wall. When is done you won’t be able to tell it’s different then any other wall in your home.

 

My New Addition

The windows were recently installed in my new addition but screens were not. Why?

Screens are usually kept off the windows until final inspection to keep them from being damaged.

The locks that were installed on my new doors are not the color and style I chose. In fact, they look used and dirty. Why?

These are temporary locks, used during the construction process. The new ones will be installed just before the final inspection.

How will my house be secured since a hole will need to be cut in the outside wall of the existing house for access to the addition?

The foundation and rough-in of the outside walls, flooring and roofing, windows and doors are installed before we tear down any inside walls. Then we will put a lock on the door so your home is secure. This affords the customer security and no loss of heat or air conditioning depending on the time of year.

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