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What are construction costs for home additions

  • April 01 2012 - Kensington
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Start with an architect / designer - not a contractor. Get the right ideas going first, then get a contractor involved early on. While many contractors have great design ideas, a design professional will offer you all of the options. Starting with a contractor is sometimes going to yield his "standard" solution - what he is comfortable building, etc. - contact me for additional info.
  • April 02 2012
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I give out general numbers for estimates all the time. Of course it depends on your area and also your conditions. With that said. Architectural fees cost anywhere between $3 to $4 a square foot at our firm for a new house. Then in our area a contractor would be charging somewhere between $150 to $250 a square foot on a new home. Now once you factor in existing conditions that price could go up or down based on each specific condition.
  • April 20 2012
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Thank you to everyone for your help. I've a good idea how I should go about this now. Much appreciated.

Andrew
  • April 03 2012
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Possibly the best place to start is with a local home addition company. If the preliminary cost per sqft seem reasonalbe that company might be be able to send you to an architect to help you finalize your building plan, then you have to worry about finishing, it is sometime the quality (cost) of the finishing that can make price per sqft increase sharply.
  • April 02 2012
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We recommend interviewing several contractors and have them provide testimonials or references. Make sure they have compeleted many works in your area, since permits are more often than not required for additions. Best of Luck!

  • April 02 2012
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Thank you. This project is in San Diego, CA, in the Kensington neighborhood. I'll take your advice and call some builders.
  • April 02 2012
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Depends on your area. Around here (PA) you can expect to pay about $125-175/Sq' for a basic addition. Contact a few local builders and ask what their average per square foot cost is for an addition. Some will be higher and some will be lower. Calling about 5 and taking the average should get you close for your area.
 Good Luck with your project!
  • April 01 2012
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