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Old 04-15-2008, 06:39 AM
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There was some interest in recent thread about what it may cost for an addition. I will have about 140$ a square foot by the time this is finished. It is 900 sq.' floor space built to Dade County 140 mph code. I only shopped out about 15K in labor. The masonry work was traded for boat rigging and a survey. I also used a lot more steel and nails than called for. The deck is Brazilian Tiger wood and 700' sq. The kitchen cabinets and back splash is an example of what kind of $sandbags your wife can throw from the rafters.

Before: you can see the paint outline from original (tiny) sun room.




After: dimensions are 12 X 40




New family room from my office loft. It carries on under the loft full length with 9" ceilings.




Kitchen before: There used to be a window over the sink and the plans called for a pass through but we have never seen anybody ever use their pass through. We figured extra cabinets would be more practical. The window is boarded over here.




Kitchen after: Got lucky and found the exact matching cabinets I had installed 6 years before.




Deck. Anybody have some ideas for 106 linear feet of railing that wont put me on welfare?



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Old 04-15-2008, 07:35 AM
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There was some interest in recent thread about what it may cost for an addition. I will have about 140$ a square foot by the time this is finished. It is 900 sq.' floor space built to Dade County 140 mph code. I only shopped out about 15K in labor. The masonry work was traded for boat rigging and a survey. I also used a lot more steel and nails than called for. The deck is Brazilian Tiger wood and 700' sq. The kitchen cabinets and back splash is an example of what kind of $sandbags your wife can throw from the rafters.
First, I think it looks great and I am sure that you got exactly what you wanted, and there is a lot to be said for that, especially if you like your house, its location, etc. (The deck looks awesome, btw)

However, it's also a great example of why NOT to buy a small house and plan on adding onto it later. I did that and discovered the hard way that the price of adding on in south florida can be a killer. So that addition was $130k? My 42 square foot addition (it's a long story) set me back about $6k by the time I was done with everything. (also about $140/sqft) I found out that the going rate for what I would call semi-skilled labor was anywhere from $250-500 per man per day for a 'homeowner' job. For the $50-75k it would cost me to legitimately add on another room, change the roofline, etc, I could have bought a bigger house to begin with and rolled the $ into my mortgage.

Ironically, due to the housing fiasco - you can now buy a 1800 sq ft leftover builder (never lived in) house in sw florida for $110-140k. ($75 a sq ft)

Next house I buy, hopefully, the roof and walls will be the size I want and where I want them. Everything inside is fair game to scrap, but the lesson I learned was that the less you have to do to the outside of a house, the better.
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Can't see the pis, but I am sure they are real fine.

I kinda choked when I read how much. Sure am glad I know how to swing a hammer. My last addition was 440 sq. ft. paid very little labor, cost $15.5k.
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I think it looks great and I am sure that you got exactly what you wanted, and there is a lot to be said for that, especially if you like your house, its location, etc. (The deck looks awesome, btw)


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baitkiller - 4/15/2008 9:39 AM

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Old 05-02-2008, 09:31 AM
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Why are you building an air traffic control tower?

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