Kate in NJ

08:56AM | 07/16/01
Member Since: 07/15/01
1 lifetime posts
I have bought a ranch house with a huge attic; I want to convert the attic into a master suite (bedroom, sitting room, and full bath). I am told this will involve rasing the roof. I am completely clueless about costs -- where could I get a ballpark idea of what it would cost to do this renovation? Just in loose figures -- closer to ten thousand or closer to ten jillion?


11:06AM | 07/16/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you are thinking of raising the ENTIRE roof, then ten jillion sounds right. However, if only one section was raised, you might get in a little cheaper. You'll have to let the readers know more about what you have in mind.

Jay J

05:26PM | 07/16/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Kate in NJ,

I will say this - The BEST approach is to hire an Architect. They have answers to ALL the question. You really want the Builder to do the, well ..., the building work; NOT the design work. Architects do designing and Builders build. It's money well spent! Oh, if you only deal w/a Builder on this, you will find that Change Orders cost a LOT! The Builder will simply 'write down' what you want but as time goes on, you may change your mind on 'things'. This is where an Architect's expertise is money well spent. They spend a LOT of time 'up front' to be sure that what you want is 'doable', workable, affordable, and little-likely to change.

Go for it! My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: A neighbor of ours is having a 20' x 12' addition put on a Colonial home. It's being built right next to the living room and is only 1 story high. It will have a cathedral ceiling w/a skylight and natural gas stove and bow window. The structure is 'sound'. Cost: $26,000. And no roof is being razed or raised! Also, this will probably cause you to increase the size of your HVAC System and Electrical System. Again, hire that Architect!!!



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