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Old 02-17-2014, 04:10 PM   #1
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Hello all,

I am a Home owner on making ... meaning we are trying to buy our first home.
We got a home in a very nice locality at a very attractive price however , the problem is the home is completely ill planned. Someone just continued to add rooms without any thought.

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As you enter , you have stairs for upstairs (making an in-law unit upstairs). There is a door on the left which opens to a living room , followed by family room . From family room as you go right through a passage , you will get another room on right and at end of the passage there is Kitchen.
The biggest problem is , the bathroom is after the Kitchen .

Same up-stairs.

I am wondering if anyone has experience remodelling such ill planned homes (I am particularly interested to move the bathroom out of kitchen for first floor and convert the kitchen to a bedroom in Second floor ).

After buying this , I can spend hardly around 50 - 60 K remodeling but may be another 30 K in about a year. I cannot do major plumbing or electrical but fine with minor things like setting up cabinets, painting etc.
Any help/suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-17-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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You want to move a bathroom and a kitchen, but do not want to do any major plumbing or wiring? Am I ready that right?
That's easily the2 most expensive rooms to remodel, and both will require major plumbing and wiring.

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Not sure what it is that are asking really.
Yes there are people here that have dealt with this kind of thing before and a few prod designers like myself that do this kind of remodel plan for a living.

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If the home is that poorly laid out, plan on an entire gut & rehab, and get it done before you move in.
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Thank you for all the reply. I understand my communication was poor.
When I said I cannot do major plumbing or electrical, I meant I am not handy enough to do it myself and will need to hire a contractor. I am just handy enough to take care of painting, some basic carpentary (can assemble big IKEA stuff just fine) etc.

What I am trying to find out is , will my kitty of $50,000 be enough to complete the project (or part of it) . The first floor is about 1000 sft and second floor will be roughly around same . The pipes are through basement (accessible) .
The property is in Boston suburb
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Honestly the only way to get solid numbers is to have a permitted plan that you can price from and send it out to contractors to price the parts you will not do.

That way everyone is pricing the same things.
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Hello Andy, thank you for your reply. I am trying to find a ballpark estimate on how much this might cost assuming I contract it out ((I am trying to find a high estimate).
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There just no way to do that over any web site, way to many variables.
Your talking some major money and reconstruction.
May be better off to keep looking and finding something more suitable to your needs.
It's one thing to just have to install new cabinets, counter tops, ECT. Quite another to start from scratch and on another floor.
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I do understand the excitement of buying your first home. However, if what you're considering needs that much work, I'd keep looking. Though I've done some amount of remodeling on every home I've owned, I'd never buy one which was as far from what I really wanted as yours seems to be.
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Thank you for all the reply. While I can walk away from this property, the location is very convenient , particularly for my child.

I have been able to get hold of the plan of the house and did some marking to show what I plan to do (attached) . After all review, looks like I will just need to convert a bedroom to Bathroom, shut down the existing bathroom (that becomes a pantry) and throw away the upstairs kitchen (throw oven, fridge, sink etc. and shutdown the gas and water lines)

Please ignore if you think it is still not possible to have a ballpark estimate over web.
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Alright then, here is your baseball estimate; $90,000.00.

Does that help?

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krushmunn---pricing questions are always a train wreck on the internet--

Only a local contractor with a set of plans can give you a ball park that is meaningful----plans first--then estimates--then firm quotes --

I am currently working in a 95 year old house---the cost of working there is much higher than work in a 30 year old house--

Parking is inconvenient---and a dumpster can not be placed on the property--so trash disposal is very expensive---

You see? Only an on site inspection can get you a price---

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