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Remodel & Renovate in Austin : Real Estate Advice

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Thu Sep 1, 2016
Camrih asked:
Most of the homes I'm eyeing are ok, but have horrible kitchens. What can I expect to pay to update a kitchen? Not looking to implement a super luxury or gourmet kitchen. Just a nice, updated…
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Tue Jul 26, 2016
Oe23 asked:
The previous owner of my house did some unpermitted work. In the loft, he added square footage by closing off part of the open space that overlooked the first floor and ran a couple of outlets…
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Sat Mar 21, 2015
Susie Kay answered:
I would suggest that you contact the city.
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Tue Nov 25, 2014
Susie Kay answered:
There's no average cost in adding a room as it varies greatly depending upon what you'd like to put in the room, how big of a construction/change that needs to be done, the construction company cost, the permit etc.

I would suggest calling a couple construction companies and obtain bids.

Good luck!

Susie Kay
Realtor & Certified Stager
United Real Estate
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Fri Nov 14, 2014
Derrick Sly answered:
I've done most of my electrical work myself. The only time I call for help is when there's equipment required that I don't own. Even then, I still request to be present whenever the electrician is working. I think I just have a long history with the house. It hurts to try and pass it on to someone else.
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Tue Nov 4, 2014
Carrie Hiner answered:
Hi Micheal,

That is hard to answer because there are no averages. It is so dependent on labor and materials. Other costs include permitting and design work. Can you tell me what you are trying to do? I could see if I could connect you to some remodelers.

Best Regards,

Carrie Hiner, Realtor
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Wed Sep 3, 2014
Perry Henderson answered:
I was just about to recommend Charlie Fisk but it look s like he is on Trulia now and just left you a note.. 512-422-1337
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Tue Aug 20, 2013
John Paul Porter answered:
I live in Windsor Park. I think it really depends on what the answer to parking becomes? I have seen many people convert to more living space and still provide a covered parking option... Many homes in WP don't have either carports or even garages to start. If you want comps for your area...let me know! I can pick apart which ones have parking solutions and which ones don't. ... more
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Tue Jul 16, 2013
Massey, nearly impossible question to answer depending on what kind of finish out you're going to do. Are you going to have wood floors, carpet, granite, laminate, etc. A good range might be somewhere from $90 per square foot up to $200 per square foot, depending on the contractor and your finish out. I would get a few reputable contractors to give you some quotes based on the design you are thinking and go from there.

Joe Jarusinsky, Realtor/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Company, Ranked #1 by Buyers and Sellers (JD Power & Assoc. 2012) Call 512-261-4415
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Thu May 2, 2013
Bill Austin answered:
Off the cuff...
Is it possible to add a second story? Yes. Is it practical? Probably not for structural & financial reasons. Odds are you could sell your current home and make out OK. Many many details needed to fill in the blanks.
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Sat Mar 23, 2013
Betina Foreman answered:
This question is a year old and should be closed. It's been answered a million times already. People it's time to move on to current questions.
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Tue Mar 12, 2013
Lindsay French answered:
I would recommend keeping at least one bathtub in the house, preferably the master. Personally, I would purchase a home without any bathtubs, but that is because I currently do not have children. If I had children, I would absolutely choose another home with at least one bathtub over one without. ... more
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Wed Dec 26, 2012
Shannon Schmitz answered:
Hello Crestview Resident;

The cost of building an addition, including simply enclosing a garage, in Austin is between $70 to $120 per Square Foot. This all depends on the contractor you hire, the finish out options, and other items such as electrical.

The cost to install a bathroom can be upwards to $12,000 for a simple bathroom. Depending on the size of the bathroom and finish out for a very simple bath space, it would be between $5,000 to $8,000.

Most homes in the Crestview area have concrete foundations, and could be a Post-Tensioned Concrete Foundation. There is additional cost for cutting into the concrete to reach and connect with the existing plumbing.

Since a good portion of the homes in Crestview have enclosed garages, then you wouldn't loose value and would be able to compete when you decide to sell your home. However, Crestview is an area experiencing some growth due to its ease of access, so it might be worthwhile to keep the single garage (as garage spaces are desired by most buyers) and invest the money into an addition. It may be more cost affective to add an addition to your attic area or off the back of the house, especially if you want an edge when you ever decide to sell the house.

A good contractor or Architect can assist you in determining the best approach. I encourage you to make sure you hire a good contractor.

I hope this information has helped.

Shannon T. Schmitz,
Representing Distinctive Properties
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Thu Aug 9, 2012
Jim Morelli answered:
I would highly suggest using Angie's List. Have used it many times in the past always with 100% satisfaction.
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Thu Dec 22, 2011
tim sweeney answered:
you can put in an application for a demolition permit, it requires your notarized signature and a tax certificate showing the taxes have been paid, the tax cert costs $10 and it should take the City anywhere from 5-30 days to decide if they will let you tear it down. ... more
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Wed May 18, 2011
Did you get what you needed? I'd be interested to know what you decided to do.
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Thu Apr 28, 2011
UTHorn, good advice so far. As far as the granite, there are companies who will resurface the tops of counters, showers, etc. and I also just saw an ad on tv recently for a new do-it-yourself countertop re-surfacing kit. I believe they said it was available at Home Depot. Note that these companies/products put a coating or new surface over the existing surface, or granite in your case, and totally cover it up. That may be your intent color wise but you'll lose the Granite's surface. Hope that helps a bit. (Sorry, I didn't catch the name of the re-surface kit but I'm sure it can be found). Joe Jarusinsky, REALTOR/Master Instructor, Keller Williams Realty, Austin's #1 Real Estate Co. ... more
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Mon Jan 31, 2011
Pelin Guzel answered:
I think it is very hard to estimate these important information, If you work with a Realtor, your Realtor will give you the best advice.
Good Luck!
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Wed Dec 15, 2010
Scott_home answered:
There is a fourth option:

Deck over it! check out

That is what I am planning to do on my soon-to-be-purchased home.
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Tue Oct 26, 2010
Betina Foreman answered:
Dear Chris,
The cost will depend on a multitude of things. Initially will you be adding to the foundations "footprint" or will you go vertical on the existing structure? Both options have their pluses and minuses. Are you talking about adding a bedroom or a bathroom? Bathrooms are going to have more costs as you will now need a plumber, and bathroom fixtures and tile will cost more than a basic bedroom. Your choice of finish out will greatly affect your cost.

You should contact at lease three contractors and give them the exact same specs and get bids on the work to really see what this will cost. Remember there will be permits to purchase from the City of Austin. Some contractors will factor this into their bid. Also there may be "change-orders" or over-runs which will typically bring the price up as much as 15-20% over budget. I wish you the best of luck on your remodel.

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