Mapping the Timeline for Your Dream Addition

Patience & Plans:

At Almar Building & Remodeling, we understand the thrill of envisioning your dream addition. But amidst excitement, a crucial question often arises: How long will it take to transform those visions into concrete plans? Mapping the Timeline for Your Dream Addition can be tricky.

Allison Guido Reviewing Addition Plans

So, let’s talk about the design and construction drawings timeline, helping you navigate this exciting (and sometimes stressful) stage.


There’s no one-size-fits-all answer. The timeframe depends on several factors, like:

  • Addition size and complexity: 
    A simple mudroom takes less planning than a two-story family room.
  • Level of detail desired: 
    Do you have a Pinterest-worthy mood board or just a general idea?
  • Teamwork efficiency: 
    Effective communication between Almar, you and the designer/architect can expedite the process.
  • Permits and approvals: 
    Navigating local regulations can add time.


Here’s a general roadmap, keeping in mind these variables:

1. Initial Consultation & Planning (1-2 weeks):
This involves sharing your vision, discussing feasibility, and receiving initial budget estimates.

2. Design Development & Refinement (4-12 weeks):
This is where the magic happens! The designer/architect translates your ideas into floor plans, elevations, and 3D renderings. Expect revisions and feedback loops as you refine your dream.

3. Construction Drawings & Engineering (2-8 weeks):
With a finalized design, detailed construction drawings and any necessary engineering plans are created. These are crucial for obtaining permits and ensuring smooth construction.

4. Permitting & Approvals (4-12 weeks):
Buckle up! Permitting timelines vary greatly depending on your location and project specifics. It isn’t just the building department but sometimes conservation and zooming that must give their approval as well. Be patient and proactive with the team as they navigate this process efficiently.


This is just an estimate. Communicate openly with the team and ask about specific timelines. We’ll have the most accurate picture based on your project’s unique details.

Bonus Tip

A design-build firm like Almar! We seamlessly integrate design and construction, streamlining the process and potentially saving you time by working alongside designers and architects from the start.

Enjoy the Journey

And don’t forget, enjoy the journey! While planning takes time, meticulous attention to detail ensures a stunning and functional addition that exceeds expectations. It can be an emotional rollercoaster so, breathe deep, envision your dream space, and let’s start embark on this exciting journey together and start Mapping the Timeline for Your Dream Addition!

Allison Guido

Almar's CEO has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is constantly learning and looking for ways to improve our homeowners' remodeling process and experience. Her mission is to break the Contractor Stereo Type and provide a great product at a good price for our homeowners.