Can anyone gander a quote to build an attached great room in the New England market?
My husband and I are having a hard time finding a house with a great room (20′ x 25′ x 18’high). So we need to know roughly what it costs to add this on. It looks like most people put a garage underneath.
We just moved up from S.C. where you can build a whole 2800 sq ft. house for $200k!! I know New England is insanely pricey. What are we looking at for a great room? and what does that buy? Can anyone provide a photo of recent work and the cost?????
I know you contractors have done plenty of these.
Assume no garage underneath, no excavating, no plumbing, no beams, and just carpet for now. The room (dimensions above) will have a cathedral ceiling, a raised fireplace, wired for one ceiling fan, 8 recessed lights, two sky lights and 8 large (6’x 4′) picture windows (I know this is a wild card factor). Can anyone take a guess??
You may want to clarify if you mean 18' high walls or standard 8' walls with an 18' high peak. How do envision this addition attaching to the existing structure. In fact, you will need to describe the existing structure (single story ranch with gabled roof, hip roof, 2 story, current roof pitch, current roof materials). I am not able to give you a bid or even a guess but for anyone to come close you are going to need at least a few more details.
Thank you for your comments.
9' walls with an 18' high peak. room would attach to the left/short side of a colonial house (no windows on wall of current house) to the attached photo. Not sure why it's upside down.
Where in SC can you build that 2800 sf house for $200k? I only ask because I think you are mistaken in your ideas of building cost. We have very little info to go on but a 500 sf room with 18' ceilings is going to be bare bones $50k and since you're going to have to excavate and put in footings at a minimum and may run into NE ledge I'd figure $100k. You could spend $30k just getting your footings in.
Using the sqare foot costs from the National Construction Estimator. $125 / sqft. Add 12% for Massachusetts. Add for high quality and small job 20%. Somewhere around $170/ sqft. About $85000. That sounds low to me, but it may be doable.
Here is your low end option.
Are you able bodied? Under 70 YO? No young kids, or kids at least old enough to help without having to 'babysit'?
Day job pay less than 300k a year so so?
If yes tot he above, then consider DIY and a learning experience.
When I was 68 YO, built an 800 sq ft ADU for $8000 (eight thousand) and that included a bathroom and small kitchen. Had a 7 ft ceiling 'crawl space' , so if I'd have left the floor out it would have been a 15 ft wall and 3 ft ceiling.
There was close to $3000 additional in permit and use fees, etc.
I put the 70 YO in as a condition as 7 years later may not take on another similar task by myself.
So, DIY and treat as a learning experience, plus you get to buy a bunch of tools if you don't have any - say $10K in tools to start. Now you really have the pride of ownership.
Are you physically able?
Under 70 YO?
No kids under 10 YO?
Day jobs combined pay under $400K per year?
If yes to all, consider DIY. DIY estimate would be under $20K (ten thousand t build plus $10k for tool if you don't already have some).
Can provide more details if you consider DIY
Build or have built ?
Build implies you will swing a hammer, carry wood, etc.....