05:45AM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 12/24/04
2 lifetime posts
Our 2500 sq foot 40 year old home was damaged by a six hour fire. The insurance company offered 189,000 to repair the home. It need 5 new rooms plus a new roof and the entire interior is havily heat smoke damaged.

Homes can be bought here for 189,000. My question is what questions should I ask to decide to rebuild using 60 percent of the existing frame or tear it down to the basement and start over having a "new house"


12:27PM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
172 lifetime posts
it's all a question of how much structure was damaged.

do you need new roof trusses.

are beams or walls that carry the weight of the house burned/heat damaged to a point that they can be broken easily.

does all the plumbing and electrical need to be redone (guessing on a 40 year old home that the wiring needs to be upgraded anyways).

will the smoke damage eventually seep out the smell of smoke through new drywall.

and the final thing to ask is the list of gotta haves, to the list of don't need to spend the money on extra's in a newly framed house.(tiles,hardwood,extra large windows).

but 189,000 dollars may not be enough to build new, but do you want old damage ,as oposed to everything new. see if you can get a rough 'price per square foot quote' from a reputable contractor for a basic full rebuild using the existing foundation.


07:17PM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
171 lifetime posts
what does your local inspection/permit departments say about repairs to the fire damaged house?? oft-times if there is that much damage, they will condemn the building and require replacing with all new construction above the foundation.




10:34AM | 07/30/14
I am sorry to hear of your loss. If you decide to use some of the existing structure there are still options. You can get smoke damage repair if that would still be an issue. It might be a good idea to have a professional take a look and see which option is best for your house.
Shelly Slader |
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

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

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... 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 mudroom 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 tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... 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... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon