Which way to go? Attic- or addition?


Old 09-27-04, 07:32 AM
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Which way to go? Attic- or addition?

i am struggling with which would be a better investment for the money-
We live in a split style ranch- If we go up and use attic- we can build a master bedroom with a bath and maybe office. We would have to rip down old roof and rebuild and also strengthed floor as well. (We had someone come out and look)- The other option is to build "out" the back of the house but we wold need a foundation. Is it a better option to build the second floor vs going out?? I'd like to keep costs down and have the house gain a better resale value
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Old 09-27-04, 04:57 PM
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'Up' Not 'out'

Generally speaking, it is cheaper to build UP not OUT.

The reason is that to build OUT you need to excavate, add footers, foundation walls, backfill, insulate, waterproof, concrete, seal and everything else that goes along with a foundation BEFORE you even start to build the same square footage than if you simply go UP.

Generally speaking going up is the cheapest addition with the most bang for the buck in return on investment...
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Adding second story

The first thing you need to do is visit your local government zoning office or building inspector to see if you are allowed to add a second story.

If you determine you can add a second story, talk with remodeling contractors who have done this type of work before. Interview a few and ask them to provide addresses of several homes where they have added a second story. Go see the houses. Talk with the people to learn how they handled living in the house during the remodel. Get an estimate of cost/square foot as well as to add a full bathroom.

Some issues to be considered are: Will the current exterior walls support the load of the second story? Is foundation strong enough? How will plumbing connect to existing? Where will staircase go and what will it do to downstairs floor plan? Will you install separate heating and air conditioning? Will you have to install new electric service and panel? Does the contractor know how to minimize sound transmission between two floors? Will you need some attic storage space?
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Like said . Check code for there . Build up not out if you can .

Old 10-23-04, 06:38 AM
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Unless you just LOVE the house you are in it may be cheaper simply to sell your house and move to a larger one. Keep in mind your home's sale price will rarely be significantly more than others on your street. Persoanlly my tendency was to AVOID houses that were added on to, even though they tend to be cheaper per sq ft. The favorite in Oklahoma is the garage close in, YUCK !

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