We are renovating and adding on to a house in the seacoast NH region.
It has been our dream to live there for many years and we finally came
across a wonderful little 2 bedroom bungalow in a great area.
We hired an architect who drew us up some great plans to renovate what
is there and add on some square footage. The current house is about
900 sq. ft., the post construction is about 2000 sq. ft. of living
area, 2800 sq. ft. including decks, garage, everything. We have a
budget of $200,000.
We met with 4 builders so far and we were given ballpark estimates in
the 300k range. Very depressing. But we don't want to give up yet.
We don't want a high end house here, we want to live in the area. So
I am looking for ways to really minimize costs. I can do a lot of the
work myself, at least the finish work. But I need to have somebody do
enough to allow us to live there while I do the rest. I can live with
plywood floors and bare walls for awhile.
I realize I am not providing a lot of details here, but perhaps people
have creative ideas they have run into in their similar project they
could offer here.