Award Winning How-to Guides, Home Plans, & Advice by Proven Helper

Did you ever think it would be useful to know a really good builder? 

Well, what do you think of a guy who wrote so many useful how-to guides for consumers, that the Better Business Bureau, the State Attorney General, and the Department of Consumer Protections all presented him with awards and letters of recognition?



g d up Voitek Lex proven helperHi, I'm Lex, but you can call me "Uncle Lex", my real name is Voitek Lex Klimczyk (Yes it's not a typo, there's only 1 vowel in my last name ????). Since 2004 I've had a deep desire to improve the odds people face whenever they need to hire a contractor. Along the way I have created new tools in the home improvement world that never existed before, like an online menu filled with dozens of home addition plans which include actual building costs.


 Catch up with me over here: I post my stock trading activities on twitter and How-to videos on YouTube

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But I didn't stop at addition plans, I moved on to new construction house plans, wrote some of the best contractor hiring guides & project advice posts, which is why I kept winning the Better Business Bureau Business Consumer Education Award


Listen I know that I'm not the only builder in the world who has a website, but I just might be the only one who became a builder after almost dying at age 26 from a major health scare that changed my life in 2004.  Since 2004 I feel that God has given me a second chance,  that's why a successful Computer Engineer working at Pfizer quits his job and opens a construction company the same year of his life changing spiritual epiphany.


God has blessed me with the ability to absorb new information really quickly, so even as a kid, I was creating how-to guides for my parents, their friends, and my friends when it came to computers. As I got older acquired different jobs and underwent various life changes I picked up many skills. Finally in 2011 one year after I had to close the doors on my old construction company, I analyzed my life and realized that for most of my life I have been creating tutorials and how-to guides of some sort. That's when I rebranded myself as the Proven Helper on here, all my social media accounts, and my YouTube channel which is 90% how-to guides for projects around the house.


So now you know me personally. Check out this website by exploring it when ever you have some free time. If you're looking to build and addition, or a new home, or just remodel your kitchen, you will find a great deal of advice, photos, project plans, and actual project costs. I'm still going through old project folders from my building days and creating new addition plans, answering questions from other people, and lately creating my OCD style buying guides. My buying guides are getting very popular online because I like to read customer reviews from many websites on each product to help my website visitors make easier buying decisions. I've written guides for lawn mowers, riding tractors, leaf blowers, snow blowers, gadgets around the house, and of course gift ideas for special occasions like Christmas and Birthdays.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you don't hesitate to talk to me on Facebook, YouTube, Lex on Twitter,  if you have a question or comment. I'm always available to talk to my fans and critics. Makes The Life of A Homeowner Simpler, Especially with Remodeling Projects 

When you have accurate information straight from the source, it doesn't matter if you are planning to remodel, build, or simply maintain a home. Because a Pro's knowledge is all you'll ever need to get things done the right way. This website is built page after page, by a passionate builder who won many Better Business Bureau for the way he freely dishes out the truth and insider secrets to empower consumers.

His how-to guides, articles, and videos have saved countless people thousands of dollars year after year, thanks to the power of the internet and his determination to add a bit of value to peoples lives. No he's not a saint, he does make money, but it's primarily from Ads by Google and Amazon who pay him small fees for ad space or clicks. He may not change the world, but he may just change your world for the better, and that's good enough for him right now. 


A Million Thanks From The Owner aka the Proven Helper!

Thanks to all the awesome support from you on Pinterest, Facebook, & Twitter, has helped millions of homeowners crush their around the house to-do lists like a boss .

So keep on clicking through the free plans, award winning articles and useful planning tools, because in the near future Mr. Proven Helper is going to make the life of a homeowner even better. (Stay Tuned)

He may be only one man, but he is living out his dream to help millions of people on here and Youtube in things like: owning a home without getting owned, thanks to his extraordinary interests and career moves. 

Imagine buying your first lawn mower and never having to worry that you might have bought into the brand hype and acquired a lemon instead. Or better yet imagine building a two story addition and using his professional advice from his days as a famous award winning builder. I think you get the point, hey may be only one man, but his whole life led him to being who he was always meant to be, a Proven Helper when we need one. 


Fantastic Fanatic Support

Hold on to your horses, because we are rolling out a ground breaking feature that frankly scares the daylights out of us. What is it? We are opening the floodgates to your project questions. Whether you are planning to build a new master suite addition, or add a 2 car garage to your property, you will now have the option to have your question answered personally.  Post your question on the Proven Helper Facebook Page


 At we think that construction should be simple, so we made the top 3 tasks associated with getting a project done easy on you

1. Project Research

With so many places to look (internet, magazines, TV shows), it's easy to get overwhelmed and simply put a project like a home addition on the back burner. We solved the research problem for you by providing 100% of everything you need to know when it comes to home remodeling and building. The best part is that our proven Contractor Hiring Guides on how to ask the right questions, interview, and protect yourself with contract demands, has been so helpful to consumers that the Better Business Bureau and former State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (now state senator), have given us multiple awards for Consumer Education!


2. Getting Project Costs 

It is easy to contact any given contractor to get a quote, but how do you know if the quote you received is honest or accurate? In the past, this was very difficult to do and the age-old rule was to contact three contractors for the same project such as a home extension and average out their estimates. Well that method is very outdated, so we made it a mission to design, estimate, and publish this information online for Home AdditionsGaragesModular Homes, and Remodeling projects, so you could make better decisions. Providing a solution to this important problem for you award us another prestigious Consumer Education Award from the Better Business Bureau.


3. Hiring a Good Contractor

The only experts who know how to hire the right contractors are construction managers and general contractors.

Seasoned professionals have written most of our hiring guides, so it will be easy for you to pick the right person for your job.

Want us to find several professional contractors  for you? No problem, simply click on "Get QUOTE" from the top menu, then answer a few simple questions about your project.


Start your research, get the costs and hire a great contractor today!

Did you ever wonder how a general contractor is able to control costs, guide several contractors and maintain project schedules? It comes down to contractor management, and large project management experience, not just good contractors and luck.

Simply Additions started out by pounding nails into two-by-fours in it's research and development stage.The mission soon became to change how the world does residential construction, it needed to be simpler. It's a recipe born from a problem solving background and the problems most people complained about with residential construction projects such as home additions, custom homes, and various remodeling projects.

Homeowners will always have a need to add this or tweak that at their property, but we felt that it shouldn't be so complicated to get something done the right way, without having to invest hours and hours of research. Over the years our systems kept growing and customers of our R&D stage expressed their gratitude all the time.

Now, this site is a virtual encyclopedia of how to do complex to simple projects, without having to take courses in construction management in order to not be cheated or disappointed with the end result. Use our site once from start to finish and you will use us for the rest of your life because we'll make whatever you are working on that much simpler. Also you will get to see us add great upcoming features that will make your life even easier, because you have other things to do instead of worrying about old problems that we have already solved for you.

Food for thought:Simply is created by well known award winning contractors to help homeowners navigate through their projects with ease, Think of us as your Construction GPS, we will get you wherever you need to go when it comes to construction of any kind.


Follow our advice, read our DIY Guides, and you too can handle your project just like a professional general contractor would.

Don't just ask for an estimate! Get our Home Addition Guide to bulletproof all of your estimates and make your contractors think that you have personal experience as a general contractor. This simple step can save you from a lot of headaches and "change orders", which is a contractors term for project overages.


How to Use This Site

We provide How-to DIY Guides & Plans on: Home Additions, Modular Homes, Modular Additions, and Remodeling Projects and Remodeling Calculators.

Example: Let's say you are interested in building a two car garage.


Here's a step by step procedure of what you do about building your Garage Addition with our guidance:

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Step 1: Select a project type from the main menu: example Home Additions

Step 2: Click on Garage Plans 

Step 2: Now select a Garage Plan to view estimated costs and specifications.

Step 3: Find a Well Known Professional Contractor [Get a Free Estimate Button] 

Step 4: Read our award winning "Contractor Pro Hiring Guides". [Top Right Button ]

Step 5: Use our Home Addition Building Guide to Simplify & Bulletproof your project.

These 5 simple steps will help you learn about the details involved with building your particular project. They will allow you to determine a realistic budget, plan out the details, and hire the right contractor, while keeping them on a short leash. We help you gain total control over any project, project schedule, and contract terms.

Bottom Line: Unless you are a general contractor and you already know these hidden trade secrets, we are your ticket to building or remodeling success.

A general contractor gets things done cheap, on-time, and within budget. These are things that almost no homeowner by themselves can accomplish without our proven system. Our site is free and our website has won many Consumer Education awards from the Better Business Bureau and a special citation for Consumer Education from the former State Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, now state senator. Heck even the Commissioner of The Department of Consumer Protections had to write in to express his delight in You can verify all this yourself by visiting our Awards Page.

There's no other home improvement website on this planet that can say that, not even HGTV. That's because most successful home improvement websites are owned by corporations, not hard working honest people with real world remodeling experiences like the owner of So what you read on this website is 100% fact based on real world experiences, real numbers, and real solutions. 

We're famous for offering the most online plans and ideas for Home Additions, but we also have plans and prices on Basement Remodeling, Attic Remodeling, Garage Builds, Custom Homes (stick built or Modular Homes) and Remodeling Calculators for Replacement Windows, Flooring, Siding, & Roofing!

What Are We Working On Now?

With so many fans writing in comments, thank you letters, and suggestions, we are always busy working on articles, plans, and features that you requested.

On the homepage in the upper right is a list of some recent articles that we just published.

Hey Are You Interested In Becoming a Facebook Fan, Twitter Follower of Simply Additions or our YouTube Partner HomeAddition?


Home Addition Plans with Estimated Addition Building Costs

We already have the most home addition plans online and they as you know include estimated construction costs, which is a big time saver for busy people like you! But the plans and ideas we have today, is only a fraction of the amount of house extension plans to come in the near future.

Factoid: The Better Business Bureau gave us our first Excellence in Consumer Education Award because our room addition plans include real world addition building costs, which helps many homeowners weed out dishonest contractors on a national and sometimes international scale.

Our Most Popular Room Addition Plans Are:Bedroom Additions, Second Story Additions, Two Story Home Extensions, Garage Renovations, In-law Apartments and Decks.

Need Help With A Custom House Extension? Send us an email about your addition project and we'll help you get on the right track. Sometimes we will even architecturally design a house extension based on your request for FREE!

That's literally a $2,500 value and we are the only ones we have ever heard of doing this! Maybe now, you might want to like become our fan?  


Online Home Plans, Modular Homes & Building Costs

Modular Addition PlansSometimes you can remodel your existing home into a dream home, and sometimes, it's just much easier to design and build your dream home.

Today you have the option of using the traditional "stick build" home building method or the new and improved modular home building option. Both methods have their pros and cons, and we would like to mention of few of those here.

In the past a modular home could be spotted from a mile away because it was boxy and unattractive. Today you can build a mansion of practically any size using modular home building technology. With great advances in technology, modular home factories can now compete with traditional home designs and often exceed the build quality of most stick build applications.

With today's great modular home plans , you can build a great looking modular home. Modular home factories are building homes to standards that a conventional home builder cannot compete with. Part of that is due to the 20% in additional lumber used per structure to allow for safe transportation. And the other part of the picture is that these modular homes are built in quality controlled assembly lines. Did you know that you can get your modular home delivered with floor tile installed already? You can also buy your own flooring wholesale and have it installed once the modular home is at your site.

If you are in the market for a new construction home, you should look at our 18 modular home plans  that include estimated construction costs. Plus you will be surprised at the level of detail we provide in our free floor plans. A great combination is to pair your new modular home with a home security alarm system .


Another Building Breakthrough Modular Additions

In some areas of the country you will be able to find a modular home factory that can build modular additions.

Modular additions are simply room additions that are built in a factory controlled environment, delivered to your home, and blended to your house with minimal disturbance to you. Modular addition building takes 1/3 of the construction  time to complete.

The most popular modular addition is a second story addition. Imagine converting a single story home into a two story home, in less than one month! Contact a professional here and ask them if modular is an option in your area


Our Basement Remodeling Section Has Floor Plans and Remodeling Costs

Have you already capitalized on the additional square footage that can be renovated into just about any type of living space in your basement?

Finishing a basement is a wise idea for homeowners looking to keep their home and for homeowners who are going to be selling their home. A properly finished basement can add great value to your house instantly. And of course an outdated or unfinished basement can do the exact opposite. Check out our basement remodeling packages to explore ideas of what can be done with yours.


Kitchen Extensions - A Growing Need Across America

Most new homes have a proper kitchen, meaning that there is plenty of cabinet space, counter-space, and the features  people truly crave, and we are not talking about cookie jars flush with goodies.  Nope, we are talking about dream kitchen ideas that can help you plan your remodeling project a little bit better.

Most people love open kitchens that have enough space to host a small gathering of people, who stop by for a dinner party or a holiday get- together. Older homes generally have small cramped kitchens, and these homes in general put kitchen remodeling contractors on the map. Explore some of our kitchen extension plans and ideas, before you make the call to a contractor; after all, looking at kitchen extension plans can only help you make a better decision in the long run.


Second Story Additions Convert Single Story Homes to Spacious Dreams

It's amazing what a transformation can take place during a 2nd story addition project. In the past we built and documented several second story additions. Today we provide free second story addition plans that include estimated construction costs, 3D interior and exterior photo realistic renderings,  done on our state of the art design computers.

It's important to know that some towns have restrictions that could prevent second story additions being built in your neighborhood, especially if two story homes don't exist on your street yet. Print out our second story addition plans and bring them to your local building department to find out if your project is possible, before you devote yourself completely to this type of house addition. And remember that we have How-to articles written on Zoning Variances for people who run into a snags at their town hall building department. Protection Status for   2004 - 2021 All Rights Reserved Proven Helper, LLC ©

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