Remodeling My Foyer

Old 03-17-12, 09:02 AM
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Remodeling My Foyer

I have a very tall foyer that seems to be wasting valuable space. My wife has
asked me to close in the second story over the foyer to build a small sitting
library. I'm not sure how to go about this project. I'm pretty sure that I can do it myself but I want to make sure that I do it correctly and safely and save money at the
same time. We had an estimate from a neighbor that does construction and he
quoted me $2500. All it will be will be adding a lower ceiling to the foyer and the
floor for the library upstairs. The space is roughly 6' x 18'. Any advice is greatly appreciated

Old 03-17-12, 11:06 AM
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There is much more than meets the eye.

By adding the floor and making a livable space you will have a fair amount of electric that is required by code. I assume you have foyer lighting that will have to be located down to the new floor/ceiling. The new space will need to use the existing lighting or some new lighting for the new space. You will also be required to install receptacles at least every 12'.

Then there is the drywall install/repair, taping, sanding, texture, painting, flooring.

I'm not sure if your quote included any of that, but you should keep it mind. If $2500 is just to frame the floor with joists and deck it with plywood, you may want to get another bid.
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I would have thought that bid would have been just about right, me and my husband recently got a quote of $3250, hearing your response just made me think twice about letting the man come out to do it, maybe i should just figure out a way to do it myself, or do you think it is because i live in california and everything out here is overcharged????
Old 04-05-12, 11:09 AM
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This is not a small job, have a few contractors come out to bid it so you can compare.

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