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Porch enclosure and converting it to a bathroom

Hi, Does anyone have an idea waht would be the cost of enclosing the existing porch and convert it into a bathroom and laundry room. The existing porch already has 3 walls from the existing house, so only one wall needs to be built. Also, existing plumbing and sewer is very close (just behind the walls). The roof needs to be converted into a flat roof and A/C extended.
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  • November 04 2011 - Miami
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It doesn't sound like it would be that bad if the space is already in the footprint of the house and the plumbing and sewer are close. Have you checked to see if your a/c unit can just have a new run of duct added from your existing system? Do you have space to run it where you will be putting the new flat roof?
  • November 04 2011
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How big is the sunroom and you should get permits to protect yourself.
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 If the sunroom is 300sf and the bathroom will have a shower, vanity and toilet --medium cost for these finishes: Approximately $60,000
  • November 10 2011
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It depends on the foundation, insulation currently used in the three walls, where the plumbing runs in the home, running new duct work. Why not just ask a contractor who is local. Prices vary across the country, do you know whether you can even get a permit to do the work, if you have an HOA , will they allow it? I would get several quotes. Won't you miss your screened porch?
  • November 10 2011
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Definitely pull those permits. When You sell the home, this could be a serious problem.
  • November 10 2011
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60K??? To enclose an existing small space under the roofline with accessible plumbing? If you're getting that kind of bid, you may want to consider another contractor and shop that bid hard.
  • November 10 2011
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Truly without seeing the actual home its all just a guessing game.  Best route is to get some quotes from several contractors.  Be up front with the contractors that you are not quite sure what you may be able to afford as you are not quite sure what you are envisioning will cost.  A good source to find a reputable contractor is to check with NARI (National Association of Remodeling Industry) as well as the Contractors Licensing Board. When you find a contractor you like, no matter the source you located them through, check up on them by asking the Contractor Board if the contractor you selected is currently licensed (for the type of job you will have them perform). Also ask the Better Business Bureau if they have any complaints logged against the contractor and ask the contractor to see their current insurance documents. A contractor whom may have done a great job several years back may not be on solid footing anymore. There are many many good contractors, and just as many bad ones, so spend a little time up front doing homework on the contractor you select to save you headaches in the future. Get several quotes and you will have a good idea of what the actual costs will be.
  • November 13 2011
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$60K? During new home construction, it was $13K to convert a space to a 3/4 bath - and I thought that was excessive. The big problem was that constructino is on slab, so it became much harder to modify the house after construction - and the builders would not run any plumbing to the space if the bathroom option was not selected.

Still, $13K is a far cry from $60K - and it sounds like your conversion may be not much more than ours (unless you are slab-on-grade).

Best of luck
  • November 13 2011
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It is a guessing a game to some extent, but I don't have to guess that a 60K bid would be too high unless you're adding the laundry area onto a new floor with an elevator.
  • November 14 2011
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You would have to be dealing with major structural issues &/or an ample amount of gold leaf to hit 60k.
  • November 14 2011
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