Develop Specifications

the spec plan defines the home remodeling (home addition) specs

You need to develop the specifications for your home remodeling (home addition) project. It is recommended to have a spec plan to discuss the project with a contractor.

The spec plan will define what materials and design concepts that will be desired and needed. It will be used to budget and manage your project.

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About Specification Planning

The Building Specification Plan defines the design specifications for your home construction project.

It will list the size and type of room, the general layout, the plumbing needs, flooring requirements, type of doors and windows, the landscaping layout of the yard, brand, make, model, color, etc.


Use the FREE specification sheet to note your design and materials specs.

use the spec plan to outline your needs
FREE project specifications plan

You will present the spec sheet to a home building contractor when bidding out the project.

The following is the spec planning for each section of your home remodeling project:

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Steps in Completing the Specification Plan

First Step:

download our project specifications plan. Use this form — segmented by room, by area — to note your building specifications.

FREE project specifications plan

Second Step:

link to the various spec plans noted above. Each plan will detail the required specifications for your home remodeling project with links to home product ideas and trends.

Third Step:

take a completed draft of the Specification Sheet to your architect or planner, who will then customize a floor plan or revise an existing plan that meets your specs.

see house plans

Fourth Step:

use your Specification Sheet and house plans to bid the construction project to contractors.

view pre-screened contractors

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About Building Permits

Note that your remodeling and/or addition will require permits. It will either be up to you or the contractor to obtain each permit.


Also note that building codes specify how each project should be completed

Local inspectors will ensure that the construction meets code. It will be helpful to understand these codes when assembling your specs.

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Helpful Tools

Some helpful forms for making remodeling decisions:

home improvement guide
home remodeling checklist
remodeling specification sheet
contractor evaluation form