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Questions About Room Additions

What is the average cost of 2 bay 30x30 garage addition?

What is the average cost of 2 bay 30x30 garage with 1 room studio apartment overtop? The studio possibly could include a bathroom and kitchen, with some storage area. A ballpark estimate?

Creative Financing Options for Contruction Project?

I have a small residential lot in Montford. The weak economy is slowing down financing options. My goal was to build a small home soon so I could take advantage of low 30 year mortgage rates once completed, but I don't have the resources to immediately borrow 200,000 or more for construction cost. Are there any creative financing options to do this? Or construction companies that might either finance or take payment FROM ultimate 30 year mortgage closing? Or other options?

How do I know a wall is load-bearing?

I would like to expand kitchen and in order to i need to remove 1/2 wall how do I find out if the wall is load bearing or what there is about 3 ft wall at 1 end and 1ft at other then space open in between the back form that area was an add on before i moved in.

Do I need to add support to my existing floor/roof in order to add a dormered area?

We purchased a home in the Boston area that was built in the late 1800's and probably remodeled around 1940. We would like to dormer out the 3rd floor attic to make the bedrooms "legal" as far as cieling height, etc. What do I need to do to ensure that the current floors/roof area are strong enough to support my addition?

Can a addition be added on to a manufactured home?

I live in a 1998 built manufactored home. We are doing some upgrades and are considering adding a small room onto the house. Is it possible?

Is Framing Walls a Job for the Experts?

I just bought a small house in Yuba City, California with tiny closets. There's a bit of room to add on and I'd like to add a walk-in closet. I know adding on means framing walls. Is this something an experienced DIY'er could handle or should I hire a contractor?

Should House Additions to Our Brick Home Go Upstairs Or Out the Sides?

Our Charlottesville, VA, home has brick exterior walls. We want to create house additions for a home office and a small hobby room. Our roof line is simple--one ridge. Should our home additions create a new second story, or is it feasible to open up the solid brick walls?

What Remodels Give the Best Return?

I recently purchased several foreclosed homes in Las Vegas, Nevada. All of them need work, and I want to accomplish the remodels on them as cheaply and quickly as possible to make them salable. What remodels give the best return on investment in this area--kitchen, bathroom, deck, master suite, or home office?

Do I Need Extra Floor Support for a Room Addition Housing a Pool Table and Piano?

The winters in St. Cloud, MN prompted us to plan a winter hangout room addition across the back of the house for our pre-teen kids. It will have a wood foundation. There will be a pool table, an old upright grand piano, and workout equipment in the addition. How can I achieve a really solid foundation for this room addition?

Do I Need Specialized Contractors for Different Home Additions?

Our two home additions will be very different--adding a new master bathroom, and creating a covered patio with BBQ, water feature, and wet bar all set into a natural stone wall. Do we need bids from two kinds of contractors?

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