Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: San Diego, Scripps Ranch
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I think you are getting good advice in this thread. I plan to add a HT also, extending the family room into the back yard. Mine will be 15x12.
I built a shop adjacent to our garage and did 70% of the work myself. That was a huge cost saver. The trick is knowing what you are good at and bad at. Drywall and roofing were my no fly zones. Everything else I did, including the forms for the footings and slab. But on concrete pour day I hired a pro to do the finish work... money well spent.
Best of luck with your project. There is great pride and satisfaction in adding on to your house as I can attest.