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Question DetailsAsked on 5/8/2017

How much will it cost to close in my two story family room and make a 4th bedroom or loft?

My neighbors have the same house as I do except I have a two story family room and they have a 4th bedroom. I live in the metro Atlanta area.

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Depends a lot on the actual configuratin of course - especially whether your house and the neighbors were built the same and just one room's worth of floor joists (presumably half-house width span) were left out to make yours into a two-story family room, or if the neighbor's house needed full-span floor joists for it to work.

VERY, VERY roughly - a loft typically will run in the $20-40,000 range if not getting real fancy - adding another fair sized room over the family room, assuming headroom is correct and the basic framing can take it as is, probably more in the $40-60,000 range - finished with normal finishes and flooring and such.

Your starting point would be either an Architect who has a Structural Engineer on staff or affiliated (most do) to rough out the design of the framing and do a rough conceptual cost estimate - or a General Contractor who also has structural design capabilities in-house or routinely farms it out to a structural engineer. Certainly the formal if appearance is important or you want to look at concepts on several different loft and room options - if looking for a basic loft or room only then going direc to the contractor and making him responsible for getting the plans and permits can work. Just make sure you have design review rights before works starts, and make that paln part of the contract and the basis for his firm pricing for the job so you don't get into an open-ended situation financially.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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