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jdironman
Posted 9/16/2021 07:51 (#9222877 - in reply to #9221233)
Subject: RE: House remodel


Nw Iowa
It all depends on how much you want to spend. Couple of things learned from our house now built 10 years ago. We started out with a architect and fired him and went to house designer that actually just designed homes. The one we hired designed homes for her husband, a builder. We toured his homes and liked the feel so hired his wife to design ours. ( They were out of the area) Usually a house designer is more current on designs and materials if they are working with builders everyday. They also do common things like design rooms to maximize standard materials. Architects tend to get very expensive and are more used to working on commercial projects. 10 years ago spent 4000 for some very basic house plans that probably needed another 6000 of work to complete versus about 2500 from designer for full set of working plans that local carpenters had no problem following on a pretty complex home. 2. Worked with a plumber that let us buy our own fixtures, there is stupid markup in sinks, faucets, tubs,. Run some extra water lines to kitchen. Pex is cheap.3. We stayed completely in budget until interior finish work. Your floors, doors and fireplace or fireplaces and trim can really swing a house cost dramatically. We went with some pretty premium interior finishes that really dented budget. I only mention this as really windows, roofing and rest of bones of the house don’t cost a lot more to do right, so if on a tight budget could skimp a bit on final finish but have a very quality home that could be updated as kids grow up etc. (we came from a old home that had a lot of character and wanted to duplicate some of that.) I am very conservative but building a new home was best thing we have done but we built ours in housing crunch of 2008-09 so we’re able to get good contractors and materials pretty easily. Probably alittle different right now.
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