12:07PM | 08/15/09
Member Since: 08/14/09
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I've got a little money available (about $20,000) and would like to get some ideas of some improvements I can make in my 1962 ranch. It is long and narrow so adding a room/space would be great but I don't know how to estimate costs. I don't need to remodel any bathrooms or kitchens, am thinking maybe enclosing back porch, converting 2-car garage to living space, etc but have not idea how to cost these projects. Can anyone help? Thanks in advance.


02:58PM | 09/27/09
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
My first thought is insulation upgrade. This is something that can earn you a tax rebate and start saving on utility bills immediately with increasing returns over the years as energy costs rise. Those returns can be plowed back into other iomprovements.

See a LEED inspector to evaluate your house.

Excellence is its own reward!


12:59PM | 01/31/11
Member Since: 12/20/10
130 lifetime posts
What did you end up doing? The title of your post made my brain start churning. I know in this area, converting a garage is a big negative. The enclosed back porch is an interesting idea though and one I have mulled over for our house a lot.

If I had $20k, I'd probably spend it outside on a new patio area and landscaping.
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