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Ways to Estimate your Room Addition Cost

There comes a time when most families find their home is too small for them. An addition to the existing home is better than moving to a bigger house. But it’s important for you to know how much the room addition is going to cost you, so that you can plan your budget and arrange for the finances accordingly. Keep in mind that additions, on a square foot basis, are usually about 30% more expensive in comparison to new construction. This is because the existing building needs to be modified to accommodate the additions both in terms of structural safety as well as aesthetics.
While the size of the room is a major issue in determining the cost of additions, there are three other factors that you need to know about. The figures given below are approximations and the actual cost will vary depending on the region you live in, the complexity of the job and the amount of designing required.
The Type of Room
The cost of the addition will depend to a large extent on the type of room b…

The Advantages of Design-Build Remodeling

One of the biggest problems during a remodel is coordinating and mediating between the designer and contractor. The designer will have specific ideas on what should be done and these are usually conceived in association with the homeowner. Similarly, the contractor will have his own ideas on how the work should be executed and what the end result should be. These are normally based on his experience on what will work and what won’t, Engineering/Construction issues, cost and time considerations. Unethical designers and incompetent contractors do exist and if you should fall into the clutches of one or both you will have major problems. But even if you have an honest, experienced and skilled designer and contractor, they will not be in agreement on many issues.
The Homeowner’s Headache
Both the designer and contractor are specialists in their fields. You probably have only a layman’s understanding of both. But you are the one who has to mediate between the two and find a solu…