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Remodel & Renovate in Idaho : Real Estate Advice

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Tue Mar 24, 2015
Randy Gridley answered:
If you don't already have two baths then adding a second shower to an existing bathroom with no tub will help. It sounds like you are taking space from existing utility room to add shower next to an existing 1/2 bath and then still have room for a stacking washer and dryer. Adding the second shower to existing 1/2 bath is a positive for resale and should out way most negativity for the stacking washer and dryer. ... more
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Mon Dec 29, 2014
louise answered:
I am a landlord and have faced this problem before. None of the experts addressed what I think is your biggest problem.... that is, what are you going to find when you open that floor up? I have had jobs where the joists below the tub were rotted away and the whole thing was opened up down to the crawl space! The clean up was immense, the job was just bigger than we planned on. So, I always look at any bathroom damage as potentially a BIG job.
(I have also purchased a triplex that I thought had some water damage under a nearly brand new bathroom; floors sagged - just a little - when you walked on them. I opened the floor, only to find that there had been a substantial fire in the bathroom [hence the 'remodel'] --- They had 'repaired' the joist with four 2x4s nailed all over the joist, they replaced wooden sub-floor with layers of cheap particle board --- then put beautiful tile over the top! Well at least I caught it quick-before the particle board swelled and crumbled.]

So, if it is just a little (new) water damage in just one small area. Your costs for a new floor, and repair (with labor) might be less than $600 in most of the country. However, if there is more damage and you need a contractor who must engineer something structural -- the price could go into $1,000's.

On the other hand you have no choice you must do it once you find this kind of damage. You can reduce the cost by handling the demolition and clean up and haul away. You can keep costs down with your choice in materials. Do shop around -- you would be shocked at what is out there cheap.

So - happy trails to you
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Fri Feb 8, 2013
Chuck Miller answered:
We did a very similar project in 2010. We converted a trussed attic into 566 square feet of living space including a 3/4 bath. We also enclosed an open space on the second floor to create another bedroom. The cost of that project was just over $56,000. It included a separate heating and cooling system for the attic space.

You can view a slide show of this project on the YouTube Videos page of our website or you can view it on our YouTube channel by following the link below.
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Thu Jan 5, 2012
Rob Weber answered:
If you need assistance with the financing, I'd be happy to discuss this with you. Either the USDA (assuming the property is in acceptable condition) or the 203k would be allowable. There is also a conventional version of a 203k that may give you better PMI terms depending on your down payment that we could also discuss.
My website or profile always has current contact info.
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Thu Dec 8, 2011
Fred Knehans answered:

I just installed all new carpet in my home. The best deal I found was by going through Home Depot. The installation was a flat fee of $96.00 for a superior and professional installation by their installers. I removed the old carpet and pad as their cost for this was around $400.00. The sales associate that I worked with coordinated the installation and checked back to make sure it was completed to our satisfaction.

A couple of tips:
1) Ask the sales associate for a discount. If the material cost are over $2,500 they can obtain a bid from the professional desk (we ended up with a sizable discount on the materials).
2) Go with a heavier pad as it will make the carpet last longer then the standard minimum pad. The heavier pad cost in minimal when compared to extending the life of the carpet, (This is something that I learned while doing new construction sales and while working in the building supply business.)

I can also get you signed up to receive discount coupons from another building supple store. You can contact me at for more information on this.
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