08:50PM | 11/03/00
Member Since: 11/03/00
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My husband and I are both handicapped and need to have a bedroom built so that our daughter can have her own room. Our problem is finding a contractor or help that won't take us broke. We got an estimate for the room ( which is to be about 16'x26') for $50.000, I couldn't believe it. All we need is a nice room with a bathroom in it. But we have very limited funds. Our home is a 44yrs old, and I aquired it after I took a course from Charlton Sheets.Before that we lived in the city and we HAD to get the children out, so even though this house isn't real big, its ours and it got yhe children out of the drug infested city. It just needs another bedroom. I don't know why these contractors are charging so much, can anyone give me some kind of idea what it should cost roughly for the room to be built. The bathroom would also be modest and I have a fireplace to put in it already. That is how we want it to be heated, so it should be simple. The only hard thing I guess would be the bathroom, beacuse of the plumbing. We just need an idea of how much it might cost normally. Also, there isn't any problems with the land it is to be built on, its level. We want the door of the room to start where there is a window at now, so we can't figure out why the prices are so high.


02:27AM | 11/04/00
Member Since: 09/01/00
312 lifetime posts
The cost of putting on an addition and home improvement in general is the main reason that Home Depot and Lowes are doing so well.
First,confirm the cost with two more quotes.
Explore creative financing which involves researching various loans including ones which are available to disabled individuals.
Consider,if all else fails,breaking the project down into pieces (foundation and shell only).
Once you have a weather proof shell,the rest of the work could proceed as finances allow.Considering the addition will add equity,you should be able to finance this without too much trouble.Best of Luck!


05:30AM | 11/06/00
Member Since: 10/19/98
223 lifetime posts
Prices depend, in part, on supply and demand of labor. If you are in an area with a building boom in progress you will pay higher prices than areas with no boom.

Prices also differ across the country. ie) Prices in New York are higher than Minnesota.

Just because the land is level doesn't mean there are no problems. What counts is how deep you must go for a solid footer.

Also - bathroom cost more that a bedroom because of the plumbing/fixtures.

Your cost is $120/square foot. That's not unreasonable for a bathroom and is low for some areas of the country.

But do get 2 more estimates.


07:48AM | 11/06/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
16 x 26 is a very large bedroom - even with a bath. Maybe you could consider scaling it down to reduce the cost?
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