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Old 01-26-2014, 06:03 PM   #1
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I am planning for an addition for this spring. I have friends to help complete the actually assembly of the room (framing, drywall, roofing, etc) but I am curious to how much I should expect to pay. I would like to have a very large room added to the back of my house. 20' X 40'. Now I am a novice to construction so please don't laugh at some of the questions I may ask. I am almost certain that I need a foundation for a room that size; my question is are there different kinds of foundations and if so which is the best for my sandy soil eastern shore MD land? Is it something that is possible to DYI? Also, how much does a building permit on average run and do I have to have a contractor pull it? This is going to be a simple addition with no water running to it.

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This is not a good forum for pricing information. For information about building requirements, you should start by having a discussion with your local building inspector. They can tell you all about the process, how you pull a permit, how much it costs to pull a permit, what work you are allowed to do yourself, and lots of other details. You will likely need a drawn plan, possibly some specs for the foundation and electrical. You may be allowed to draw the plans yourself, or you may need an architect or engineer to design the plans for you, but your building inspector will be happy to describe the process.

Once you have your plans drawn and approved, you can bid the job out. The better the plans, the better the bids, and you will likely get more of them. No contractor wants to bid on a job with poorly drawn, ambiguous plans, it just makes for trouble during construction. As for getting people to help, you had best discuss your plans in detail with the contractor, a lot of contractors are not going to be happy about working with people they know nothing about. If you plan to do the job yourself, best to discuss with the building inspector well in advance, see what they think.

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When you are planning this---talk to the designer or architect about roof trusses.---those require less time to install than a hand cut roof and less carpentry skills.

If you wish to do just the interior work--talk to builders about building a finished 'shell'---
That will get you a foundation---framing--windows--roof--siding---

Then you can do--electrical---insulation--drywall and interior trim. A good compromise--and builders don't mind that sort--you can't delay their portion of the job---
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