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bonniev253, Home Owner in Seattle, WA

I need more room in my house. I want to add a second floor,what would it cost to add it to my 1200 sq ft. home

Asked by bonniev253, Seattle, WA Tue Jul 16, 2013

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There are many variables on building, however $100 sq ft is a good starting point
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Have you thought about a renovation loan? Carrie Wells Fargo, 253-274-4910
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It will depended on the contractor but about $125.00 - $150.00 per sq. foot
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 23, 2013
Contact a local licensed residential contractor. See if they can give you an idea of price per square foot over the phone. If not, then have them come to your house for an estimate and to discuss your options.

Tammy Hayes, Realtor
Re/Max Palm Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 23, 2013
It all depends. It sounds like you like your present home and location but just need more space. Start out by getting an architect to tell you if it is feasible and then he can draw a plan for you. You will then need to talk to a contractor who will give you a bid that will include his costs as well as permit costs from your local city/county. There are many communities that have restrictions on the height of a building. When you add another floor, you have to remember that stairs will need to be added which will take away from some of the space you have right now on the main floor. After you get all the bids, talk to a local broker to find out if selling your existing home and purchasing a larger home would be more practical and affordable. Good luck with your project.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 23, 2013
The main problem with adding to a home is ending up with a floor plan that totally sucks. More additions to homes than not end up with horrible floor plans, but there are a few where it really does add to a home. So beyond just talking to a contractor, I would hire an architect.

With adding a second floor that's probably less of a concern, assuming the exterior appearance doesn't suffer. Note though that the foundation and first floor structure will need to be able to support the second floor, and apparently that is not always the case. If changes are made there your costs will be greater.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 15, 2013
Of course all the agents say it will cost a lot... and that its better to buy a new house. Remember selling your house and buying a new one also has significant expenses like taxes and commission fees you pay that give you no value. Of course your taxes will go up... the value of your house goes up too. If you love your neighborhood and your home adding a second floor is a good option. Just be prepared for the mess and hassle, talk to a contractor in your area . They can give the best idea on cost but your typically somewhere between 150 and 200 a sq foot depending on what you ant to add. obviously bedrooms and family rooms are the cheapest with adding kitchens and bathrooms as being more expensive. Finishings are of course another variable.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 15, 2013
Way more than you think along with the incredible hassle of probably having to move out or try & deal with construction for months. Better to turn your house into a rental or sell it & just move to a bigger house. Feel free to contact me directly if you want to discuss in detail. I am a wealth of information since I am both a real estate broker & a lender.

Good luck to you in any case,
Jirius Isaac
Isaac Real Estate Team
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 16, 2013
There is some hidden cost involved, you will need blueprints, city approval, appraisals, tax's may change maybe even permits.
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Talk to a contractor. Cost is not the only thing you need to consider... your taxes will also rise... and significantly
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Akin to askin what a new car costs......way too many variables.
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A lot. You will definitely need to talk with a contractor and they will be able to price it out for you. It might make more financial sense to sell your current home and buy a new home to meet your expanding needs.
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