Home Additions in Lancaster Pa

If you would like to build a home addition in Lancaster or surrounding counties, the first thing you must do is obtain preliminary plans for the project.

A good builder and design team will be able to direct you during the preliminary plan process as to whether the proposed home addition will meet current township zoning laws. It wouldn't be wise to complete the plans only to find out the addition is encroaching on a right-a-way, or that you have exceeded the impervious lot coverage..

Once preliminary plans for the home addition are completed you can either move on to final plans if you have picked the builder, or you could put the job out to bid.

Remember though, the builder, design team you are working with may not allow you to take the plans for other contractors to bid unless you have previously discussed and agreed to this arraignment.

If you have picked a builder for your home addition, then it is time for the building permits. Building permits can take anywhere from 7 to 30 days to obtain here in Lancaster Pa. Permit offices can't be rushed and it doesn't help to pester them.

When the building permit for your new home addition is in hand the excitement begins. For most home additions you should allow two - four months for completion.

Contact Brookline Builders, a Lancaster Pa home addition specialist and will perform all types construction services.



Building an Addition in Lancaster Pa can be made easy when you call Brookline Builders. Brookline Builders will help design and build the new addition to meet your needs. If a new addition to your home is the most cost effective way to handle your growing family requirements, allow Brookline's website to handle all potential scheduling nightmares.

Brookline's website is designed to communicate with you the customer a complete schedule of when each and every item will be completed, from permits to final cleaning. It will allow 24 hour access for all vendors and sub-contractors. The interactive website will keep track of the selections including, paint colors, bathroom fixtures and flooring selections. Since we all have a busy lifestyle, contact Brookline Builders for the design and comprehensive scheduling of your home addition.

Brookline also specializes in historic, sympathetic additions.


Remodeling Lancaster Pa

Remodelers in Lancaster Pa will offer a wide and diverse cross section of contractors that are available for your project. Lancaster Pa is a relatively small area and word travels fast around here about which are the 'good' contractors and which are the 'bad' ones. A few thoughts about how to find the 'good' contractor to handle your project. Word of mouth

A competent remodeling contractor in Lancaster, can be as easy to find as asking a friend who had remodeling work done. Happy and satisfied customers are the contractors best sales tool and you as a customer can make it your finder tool as well. Often people shy away from recommending even a good remodeler for fear that their family or friends will find a somewhat different, not so pleasant experience than they had with the remodeler, and therefore hold a grudge. Or maybe the reverse is actually true, after all, a true friend should recommend the good contractor to show how truly they care, because a bad experience with a contractor can be devastating to your friend or family member.


Asking a reputable remodeling contractor in Lancaster, for a reference should be a easy and expected thing, or should it? A good contractor should be willing and able to give many references to any potential customer. One thing the general public doesn't consider is this. Put yourselves into the shoes of a past customer. Would you want people that you don't know calling even several years after your remodeling contractor had finished the job, bugging you and asking to come visit? Yes, it is important to get an opinion of a past customer, but a reputable contractor may not want burden their good past customers with incessant phone calls. I have found that alot of Lancaster County natives are somewhat private people and are only willing for strangers to invade into their life so much.

Reverse References

A politically incorrect position, based on my 20 plus years experience dealing with the diverse cross section of customers in Lancaster Pa is this. Potential customers should be willing to provide references to the potential contractor, showing that they will be easy to work with and reasonable thru out the remodeling project. A remodeling project relationship between a builder and a customer can be very intimate, and although volumes have been written on the importance of picking a good contractor, I think there is lacking quite a bit on the importance of rejecting a bad customer before they become a customer.

Jonathan Owens is the owner of Brookline Builders Inc a green new home, addition and historic restoration specialist.

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Brookline Builders -- Building Lancaster Pa. If you're looking for your next construction job or remodeling project to be completed in a professional timely manner, think Brookline Builders. Your Lancaster Pa and surrounding area contractor for all your building needs. We have been in business since 1990 and have amassed a solid portfolio in a wide array of completed construction projects.

Brookline Builders is a big advocate for Green building techniques in the following areas:

  • We suggest adding onto your home instead of building new.
  • We suggest adding a second story instead of an addition, this takes up no more pervious surfaces.
  • We suggest building as small as needed if you absolutely need a new home.
  • We suggest remodeling using energy saving components in areas of HVAC, Water, Lighting and appliances
  • We suggest reusing used building materials and donating ones you don't need anymore.
  • We suggest building a flat roof that is covered with grass or vegetation, it's not that hard!
  • We suggest saving your money on not digging a basement, if you need storage you may have to much stuff.
  • We suggest communication within your family so you don't need a bigger home in order to hide from each other!
Brookline Builders is a versatile builder in all areas of construction, the areas above are just a few preliminary suggestions. Contact us for your complete construction needs. Brookline Builders Lancaster Pa Site

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