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Old 02-16-2008, 04:10 AM   #1
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econd story addition to existing room hello. great threads, So, here's what i have, I just bought a small 1300sq ft house with a large addition tacked on to the back of it This addition in on a concrete slab, which is different from the rest of the house which is raised.
The addition is 28 X 15.

here's what we want to do:
1. raise the floor to the level of the rest of the house (bringing slab-level up to main house floor level about 2 feet)
2. then we want to remove the exiting ceiling which is the correct height where it touches the main house, but too low once it slopes down (about 12 degrees).
3, From there we want to build a second story addition that mirrors the previous additions. This upper space will be a master BR and bath.

My worries are at least two-fold:
Can my existing slab take this kind of weight? If not, is there any way to salvage it without rebuilding th entire structure?

Also, given recent discussions of cost, what would something like this run me? not including the bathroom and bedroom details. Any sense?

For those who want the longer picture, basically we're deciding if we should just raise the floor as it is (bringing it in line with the rests of the house) and add a new roof (at bottom it will have to be raise at least 2 feet)

which one sees to make more sense. we are on a tight budget, but as my dad used to say, my wife recently swallowed a watermelon seed, so in 9 short month we'll have a watermelon that looks a lot like baby.
Any help or tips would be most appreciate.....we are also redoing the kitchen right now....straightforward, but expensive.

THanks do much, any thoughts..??.. mark elmore mkelmore@ucdavis.edu also, any tips on how to make a ranch house a little spicier than a drag late soviet experiement in socialist architecture would be most appreaciated.
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Can my existing slab take this kind of weight? If not, is there any way to salvage it without rebuilding th entire structure?
You need to get someone onsite to evaluate this all. We can't tell you whether your existing slab was constructed properly or not, because we can't see it and inspect it.

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Also, given recent discussions of cost, what would something like this run me? not including the bathroom and bedroom details. Any sense?
Can't really tell you this either. Your property needs to be seen and inspected. The are many, many factors that affect pricing.

Have you even looked into whether your existing utilities can handle the extra plumbing, electrical, heating needs of such an addition? That can possiby cost another $20K in upgrades....

Get some local ONSITE inspections and quotes.


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thanks for your dignifying my post with a response. i was just hoping for general guidelines. I have had a couple of people out, but they disagreed.

I've also had the plumbing etc. checked and it is fine.
Thanks again.
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