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Question DetailsAsked on 6/10/2015

I want to raise my roof to make my attic easier to access, Cost for est 1000 sq ft?

My attic is not easy to move around in. I would like to be able to atleast walk in some areas. I'm guess this calls for my roof to be re done and raised higher. My house is a little older 1960s perhaps. How much would this cost? 1000 sq ft home.

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Unless you are raising the roof to provide another whole floor of living space, this is a whole lot of $ to pay for just being able to move around for storage - typically around $15,000 bare minimum for just raising the roof (no interior work) and commonly more in the $25-50,000 range for raising the roof to provide living space up there, and $100,000 range is not at all unheard of. Not to mention the household disturbance and risks of water getting in while the roof is being replaced, etc.

Also, this is something that not many contractors have done so they commonly do not think it all the way through in advance and get into trouble. I have had a couple of jobs where it was done in only a couple of days using a pre-built roof buyilt on the ground before the existing roof was lifted off by crane and the new ready-to-go roof lifted on and placed with a long-reach crane. I have also seen it leave a house open to weather damage totaling well over $200,000 for months, and one case where the entire upper story opened out like a clamshell resulting in a total loss for the property, so it is a high-risk project you want only the very BEST contractor for, and one who makes your project his ONLY project while the actual roof replacement is going on.

Commonly, though of course not always, it is no more expensive to just build an equal sized addition onto the house - especially if you live in an area where can basements or deep foundation crawlspaces are feasible or needed so you can extend that down to full basement depth cheaply and get half your square footage in the addition for very little additional cost in many cases.

Alos, especially with 1960's house, bear in mind the additional property taxes if you change the attic to living space, and avoid putting so much into an older house that it is not worth at leat a good portion of the investment come resale time.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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