10:10AM | 01/25/99
We have an attached garage with attic space that we are thinking of expanding and finishing into a bonus room/office. This would involved modifying the existing roof structure of the garage. Is this a common thing or, in your experience, a costly task to undertake? Are there any issues you've encountered to look out for in attempting something like this from a homeowner's perspective?


01:41PM | 01/28/99
The main concern is to make sure that everything you do is structurally safe:
1. Are the existing floor joists large enough to support the weight that you will be adding?
2. Is the existing garage built to support the weight of a room and the equipment that you will be using?
Room additions and alterations are a common practice. The cost can be lessened by doing as much as you can yourself. If you use a contractor make certain that he provides references from previous jobs that are similar to what you are asking him to do. Speak with his customers and inspect his work (homeowners love to show off their new things). The real cost is dependent on the area where you live. Construction costs vary from $70 a square foot to over $200 dollars.
Take at least 3 bids and be wary of any that are too high or too low. Get everything in writing. Make NO changes on the original as it may cost you twice as much for these changes. Good Luck!!!
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