COMMUNITY FORUM

heatheranne

04:17PM | 05/06/06
Member Since: 05/05/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvdecor
I am interested in buying a smaller home (around 1000-1300 sq ft) in an up and coming part of town. The majority of these homes are not more than 3 bedroom, 2 bath. I would like 4 bedrooms at around 1800 sq feet.

When I am looking for homes, how do I know if the house is a good candidate for an addition (room, rooms or whole second story)? Perhaps just ripping down the house and starting over?

How do I figure out how much something like this would cost? How do I even begin researching this topic?

Larnico

09:23AM | 05/17/06
Member Since: 05/15/06
5 lifetime posts
Before planning an addition to any side of the house, check with your local building department to find out what your required building setbacks from the property lines are. If your addition will encroach into a setback, you will need to file for a zoning variance which could take several months (depending on where you live) to get approved IF it is approved at all. If you add a second story to a house, there is usually a height restriction also - I don't know where this house is.

There is no such thing as a "problem". It's all in the way you perceive a situation.

Larnico

09:31AM | 05/17/06
Member Since: 05/15/06
5 lifetime posts
I forgot to mention, again depending on where you live, you can figure the cost of a new addition from ground up with utilities etc could be approx between 150 and 200 per square foot. Maybe more where you are. Remember, the cost of gas just boosted the cost of ALL construction materials because of trucking etc.

> There is no such thing as a "problem". It's all in the way you perceive a situation <
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Even the simplest holiday decorations can achieve a high visual impact. Here, an unadorned garland held in place with whit... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled entryway will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR carpet tiles are a simple and affordable way to customize a floor covering for any space. You can make anything from ... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... The vibrant green of Granny Smith apples make a beautifully natural alternative to the traditional evergreen wreath. Brigh...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon