With the addition of a breakfast nook, any kitchen or dining area can have an extra space for eating, relaxing with the morning paper, or a quiet midnight snack. Building a breakfast nook can also add value to your home, without adding a huge hole in your wallet. Just about any home with a basic wall in their kitchen or dining area can easily add on a breakfast nook. So what are you waiting for?
Building a breakfast nook is one of the simpler room additions and as a professional, I’d certainly recommend that homeowners who have DIY skills and experience, that building their own breakfast nook can be easier than they think.
The first consideration in building any attached structure to your dwelling is to secure building permits. Local building codes more than likely exist in your area and serious fines could result if you don’t conform to national and local building codes. In the most extreme cases, you could end up having your home condemned. Of course, an architectural blueprint will have to be made first and submitted for approval.
With that said, the actual construction of a breakfast nook is rather straight forward. Preparation of the slab for inspection and pouring concrete is the first goal. As they say, start first with the foundation. My series on concrete preparation can help you get started. Check them out: Estimating Materials, Batter Board Basics, Form Work and Footers and Slab Preparation. You’ll need to pour the slab the same height as the existing house slab.
The next step is framing up walls. Wood framing is typically used, especially in three or more sided walls. Block masons just don’t have block shape to make that work. Concrete solid pours are the only other alternative. Measure the slab to the bottom of the truss on the existing house and cut the wall studs to that height-minus the 4 ½” for the three sill plates. Framing got you confused? Learn more about framing with this article, How to Frame a 2×4 Wall in Five Easy Steps.
Roof framing can be a bit tricky, but with a little help from a well drawn plan, you can understand a few of the basics of the roof frame. Conventional Roof Framing Terminology is an article I wrote that explains many of the terms used on blueprints and can help you get started in the right direction.