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Dan Fritschen
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Founder of www.remodelormove.com - the place to get answers to your remodeling and decorating questions.
Founder of www.remodelormove.com - the place to get answers to your remodeling and decorating questions.

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Good advice on adding a second story to your home - if you are in utah.  The cost can vary by the design  and who does the work - it can vary a lot!  Also is it really worth it?  Before embarking a GIANT project like adding a second story everyone should take a look at what that money could buy them if they just sold what they have and move into a home that already has the features they want.  Even if the move is just down the street - sometimes moving is a better option.  You can get an estimate of the cost to move and the cost remodel and a comparison at remodelormove.com
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A Punch list for remodeling helps you communicate to your contractor or whoever is doing the work the items that need modification or completion.  Examples are marks in the paint or drywall texture, doors or windows that are not square - or do not open or close easily.  You can get a sample of a punch list at http://www.remodelormove.com/articles/punch-list-for-remodeling/
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Here is a great - easy to use - free second story addition cost calculator  http://www.remodelormove.com/second-story-addition-cost-calculator/  It gives a cost estimate if you are hiring a contractor or if you are doing some of all of the work yourself.  The cost calculator also gives a breakdown of the labor and materials for your project.  A second story addition cost calculator is a helpful tool to set your initial budget and allow you to understand where your money will go when you build your addition.  For a 2nd storey addition approximately half the cost will be labor and the other half materials.  If you hire an architect then the labor portion will likely be closer to 70%  A second story addition is a great way to add living space and change the look of your home but it does require a lot of work!
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Garage additions are all the rage - and always have been - They are great DIY projects for someone looking for a big DIY project but not yet ready to build a house.  A garage addition also - per square foot- is much less expensive typically than other home additions.  Garages are great spaces to because they are so versatile..park cars, storage, kids rec room, media room. man cave - what other room can be used for so much?  to get a garage addition cost estimate to start the budgeting process try the cost calculator at remodelormove.com 
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I was recently asked about adding a second story addition - what is the cost and when does it make sense?  There are several benefits and drawbacks to 2nd story additions.  The benefits...they can save some of your yard and if you are looking for max square foot living area on a given lot then a second floor addition makes a lot of sense.  The other big difference to ground floor home additions is a 2nd story addition changes the look of a house dramatically so if that is your goal..a second story addition makes sense.   The disadvantages of a second story addition are the likely hood you will have to move out during construction. the "wasted" space of a staircase and additional costs, and the added costs of the structural work that may be needed if you are in earthquake or hurricane country.   To get an idea of the cost for  a second story addition try the calculator at http://www.remodelormove.com/whole-house-calculator/  It has an option for 2nd story home additions versus ground level
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