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May 28, 2014 8:01PM
 If you are any reasonable person, you can do the majority of work yourself.

My wife is an Architect. I understand the process for planning and getting permits.  If you are not trying to bamboozle the planning department, the process is usually less painful.

All the information is out there for anyone who can read.  Once you have plans figured out on what you want, you can give it to an engineer, or you can also give it to an Architect and for what I am looking at in the picture above… about 4k will pay for the architect and their engineer to approve your plans and that should included a material list.

There are a lot of Architects and engineers looking for work… and this simple layout should only take up a short amount of time for them to do.

I am 53 with a full-time job, and I pulled off my addition in under three months.  The dimension of the floor plan is 12'x20'.

I built the whole thing for under 20k and I did not go cheap on materials.

I also did the foundation.

I see people doing this all the time.  It isn't impossible for a person with a brain to prove that the 73k average isn't average.

May 28, 2014 5:53PM
Remodel your current bathroom and kitchen, and leave it at that.
May 28, 2014 5:48PM
Wow, those are insane prices.

I especially like the master bedroom addition that cost almost a quarter of a million dollars. You can purchase a beautiful, upscale house where I live for that.

May 28, 2014 4:26PM
We have posted this info before. We wanted to add 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 3 from a 2 car garage, huge eat in kitchen with new cabinetry and a 12X 5 foot island and enlarge the master bedroom. Two remodelers said over $500,000 and one remodeler/new home custom builder said if remodeling is what you want, I don't want the job. He said you will end up with a half new and half old home considered a 1978 remodel. The noise and displacement will take at least 10 to 12 months to complete. He suggested to tear down and rebuild a new custom home with all new codes, permits, new landscaping front and back and refurbish the pool with all new equipment. We built a 3,960 SF custom home with 5 Bedrooms, 4 baths and 3 car garage single level including tear down, surveying, permits, engineering and plans. We have a 2009 new build. Total including final clean $653,000. We hired the contractor as a GC and were back in the home in five months. Equity Homes of Scottsdale AZ. An honest builder.
May 28, 2014 3:19PM
Who writes this trash. What is this make the prices match the storyline.  You would be crazy to pay those prices.  

May 28, 2014 1:37PM
The prices and upgrades referenced in this article are hardly average.  In general, I don't see how this article connects with average American homeowners.
May 28, 2014 1:31PM
how bout doing what you want on you house that makes it better for you most likely it's not gonna be what the next owner wants anyway so spend the money on what you want for you not the next guy.
May 28, 2014 1:21PM
what are you remodeling a mansion. get real on your pricing.
May 28, 2014 1:09PM
I suppose these prices are fine if you are going to live in your bathroom LOL
Mar 17, 2014 3:25AM
6 worst home fixes for the money

By Dana Dratch of 

I think Dana should learn something about the subject before writing about it.  Bankrate should be more selective in choosing their writers.  MSN should be more careful about the content that they publish.  All in all this article was of zero value and a waste of the readers time. -- Paul Howard

Mar 15, 2014 9:58AM
I had a 400 sq ft sunroom added to my house with a tiled floor, half wall and windows all the way around, along with a new gable roof to blend in with the house and it cost me $15,000 in NC. This was 2 years ago. It is a great addition, and people envy it. Where does this site come up with $73k to build one that is 200 sq ft with a shed roof?
Mar 15, 2014 9:41AM
more BS from MSNBS.  Costs are all over inflated, not just inflated. 
Mar 15, 2014 9:40AM
Please edit post below to read large covered patio.
Mar 15, 2014 9:39AM
We already had a very large covered house as an option when we bought our house.  Screening in the patio and making it a large screened-in porch with two screened entry doors cost $5500.  If some one decided to buy our house and glass in the porch to make it a real room they would have to invest in a ductless heating/cooling system because we live in AZ.
Mar 15, 2014 9:28AM

Who the hell is on drug when they put this crap out. Unless you like just flushing money down the drain don't bother with any of the remodel you will never see dime back because the next person will want their own style. clean the house fresh paint and out the door let them do the rest.


Mar 15, 2014 9:14AM
Yeah, these price quotes are ridiculous ... $250k for a master bedroom remodel ... hell, buy another house. So glad I don't live in the USA anymore. Freeedom and affordability are priceless !
Mar 15, 2014 9:10AM
Where in the heck did they come up with these costs???  $73K for a sunroom?  $224K for a master suite addition??  Insane.  Like Ladyremodel said, you can buy a HOUSE for that kind of money.
Mar 15, 2014 7:39AM
I have been a remodeling contractor in my area for over 25 years...the prices quoted for the remodels in the article are more than what the average home even sells for in my area! Even "upscale" projects are not as much as in this article!  I, too, would have retired long ago if I could have asked those kinds of prices!  Who is this Bankrate anyway, and where are the articles for the average homeowner?
Mar 15, 2014 7:29AM
My complaint is not buying or selling, it's maintenance.
I am looking for parts for a top of the line Whirlpool range that I bought in 2003.
At first I had to have the electronic control board repaired because I couldn't find a new one and now I found the keypad for the controller is bad. I can't find a keypad anywhere and I can't even find anyone that repairs them.
This is a top of the line $2200 range in 2003 dollars and they no longer provide parts.
Shame on you Whirlpool!
Mar 15, 2014 7:19AM
I have been a builder for 40 years. All of the prices are inflated by at least 2 times and it is a misrepresentation by the author.  I designed and sold sun room additions for 20 years and most of the rooms, (4 seasons) averaged $20,000.00 or less. An article like this simply scares a home owner out of remodeling  and customizing their home. In every locality one can find contractors that charge to the moon, but that does not make them the best builders.  Just keep in mind that pretty pictures and an article that states supposed facts, is not automatically accurate.  G.
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