Home Addition Estimate

Old 09-29-23, 02:27 PM
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Home Addition Estimate

I'm looking into purchasing my first home and want a 3 bed but am considering a 2 bed with the option to add a bedroom myself. I used to work in construction and have electrical experience and feel confident I can do so myself. But I have little idea what actual total material cost is for a small bedroom addition. I'd really appreciate it if yall could post your total material costs from your own additions and what features you added to said rooms
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Buy the house with the bedroom already there.
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I am not one of the experts here, but when I was looking for a house, I remember consistently finding the same advice: buy a house that already has the number of bedrooms you want. I can't remember exactly why but I have a vague recollection that it was because it is just not cost effective to add a bedroom vs. buying a house with the desired number of bedrooms already existing. Maybe the other guys have a good explanation.
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I agree with the others - look around buy a house that has a third bedroom. It'll probably save you a lot of money and headaches... There's no way anyone could give you a total material cost estimate that you're looking for... Each job stands on its own and is always different, usually in multitude of ways.
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Several yrs ago we built a 12x22 addition onto my son's house, it cost about $15k with us doing all the work. Material prices have risen since then.

The #1 issue is whether or not you can get a permit for what you want to do. Set back rules and underground utilities come into play. It's not overly difficult to draw up plans and then make a material list.
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The #1 issue is whether or not you can get a permit for what you want to do.
This is my same concern. Zoning and permits are getting harder and harder in many areas, so you're either up against a lot of pre-work to ensure you can get the permits, or buy and risk that you might not be able to expand.


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