Lots of resistance to my last list of repairs with the estimate of
$25,000, so I am revising - let me know what you think...
- add 1/2 bath on 1st floor (I am talking 5 x 4. A toilet bowl and a
sink with walls around it - that's it.)
- replace asphalt driveway (single wide, about 12 x 40)
- Wall to wall carpet in living room (10 x 12).
- new front and back storm doors
For the above items I am figuring around $10,000.
I will take care of scrape/paint on the exterior trouble spots and trim
and waterproofing the basement. The hot tub is off the table for now,
as is the idea of extending the garage.
How difficult would the follwing items be for DIY jobs. (I would
classify myself as "handy.")
- add ground level 12 x 15 deck, lighted w/ outside elec
- replace bathroom floor w/ceramic tile (6x8)
- new front and rear storm doors
- add garbage disposal
- ceramic tile on kitchen floor (16 x 14)
- reshingle roof on 1/2 garage. (add 3rd layer).
No thats not it. You need to dig a trench to connect the sewer line. You
need to have a foundation to put the walls on, and pipes inside those walls
to connect the waterlines to your sink and toilet.
You need a floor, floor covering, a roof vents through that roof, shingles
on that roof, gutters around the roof, and also you need siding of some sort
on the outside.
You are going to have demolition to consider also and after that what
changes are you going to need to do to blend the addition with the old one.
You are going to install electricity to your bathroom, and this has to be
factored in also. You are also going to need to run a heating vent or
otherwise warm the room. A fart fan might be required or a window
You are going to have permit expenses, and multiple inspections from the
building inspector. You are going to have multiple trips to the hardware
store, you will be lucky if it is only one a day. As an example I just put
a roof on a very small house. The county charged me $77 for the roof
permit, and then they charged me $121 for an electrical permit to disconect
the service to the house, replace the conduit and wether head and install a
roof jack. This was about $50 in parts and the electric company did the
disconecting and reconecting.
Are you going to do all the work yourself? If you decide to hire a back hoe
and an opperator to dig did you factor that in? If you sub out the plumbing
or electrical your cost just went up. Can't figure out how to frame the new
roof to blend with the old roof? You need a carpenter.
I have probably missed a thing or two on my list like toilet paper dispenser
or something else but you get the idea. I suspect that if you are going to
do an addition you might want to go with a full bath and another room. Once
you got the backhoe out there it doesn't take a whole lot more to dig a
little more ditch for a bigger foundation.
Get the picture?
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
What addition are you talking about?
I want to put the 1/2 bath in the kitchen, using two exising walls and
the existing floor, tap electicity off the box or off a junction, make
holes through to the basement for water and sewer lines, frame the
other two walls with a door, amyeb put in a medicine cabinet - end of
Back hoe? Roofs? Demolition? What the hell kind of 1/2 baths do you
have where you live?
IMO, there is much more involved. Floor, maybe walls patched after
plumbing. That means paper or paint.
What kind of countertop and cabinet are you going to get for $20? Have you
Toilet drain fittings will add a lot to your estimate also. If it is cast
iron, maybe a lot more.
It should also be vented if there is no window.
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