My husband and I were unenthusiastic about adding on to our little (for four people) house — especially if we had to move out during the project. Construction is, at best, an interruption to daily life. Moving out during the process didn’t seem like an option, as we had four dogs and two cats that would have to make the trip and two kids who needed to stay close to their school (which reopened to in-school classes after a pandemic shutdown), too. But when we found a contractor who presented us with a viable plan (and housing prices in our area jumped over 14% year over year), it seemed like a better solution than fighting for a new home in a tight housing market. Here’s how the process went.