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Old 01-30-2011, 10:42 PM   #1
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Hey all,

We want to put in a dormer. I'm a DIY guy, but most likely I'd hire a contractor for this because I have no roofing or window experience. I'm trying to get a guestimate on price.

We have a normal shingled roof. We want the dormer on the inside to be wide enough for a king-sized bed to fit into the new floorspace.

See attached pics. Neither is remotely what my house looks like, but the dormer styles are what I'm thinking. One has a flat roof - the other is peaked. Peaked would best match my home, but we're open to either based on price.

And forget the windows in the pics - I just need a one-piece double window (or I guess two singles next to each other), again, ideally wide enough for a king bed in the new floorspace.

The front of our home is brick. I doubt I could get it to match. So I'm thinking I'd go with that fake cedar-looking siding for the front. The sides of the dormer would be hardiplank.

I just have no idea if this is a $2K project or a $15K project. So I'm trying to get a general idea just so I can stack this in order with my other projects.

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I'd draw up some plans and call in a few contractors to get a ballpark price point.
You might want to put a size down so they know how big this is. I always like a detail or two.
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Boy those two pics are completely different ballparks

One is a shed dormer with no frills and the 2nd is a crafstman style gable with custom rafter details and corbels.
The 2nd will be double the ballpark of the 1st.

Does your scope include finishing the interior?
Is the project to be completely finished including paint?
Is the area upstairs finished?

You need to do your homework.
Decide what you want it to look like and what you want done.
Get in on paper.
Make several copies and use them as a handout to all the bidders.

Come up with a very detailed list of scope and specifications so you don't get caught in the trap of multiple bids on different scopes.

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Sorry - I probably could have been clearer. I know getting contractors out here to bid is the surest way to get a price idea. But I've got 5 other huge potential projects - so right now - I'm trying to figure out which ones I should even consider getting bids on.

This dormer will be no-frills. The pics are just examples of the what tcleve4911 identified as a shed dormer, and the other just to show a peaked doormor.

I'm not thinking 99% it will be a peaked dormer.

There will be no accents or anything. Just as straight-up from the outside as you can get. My home is 12 years old, and all trim is wood. So I'd probably want to match that (no vinyl).

Finally - the room inside is already finished, and the dormer would be finished as well.

Anyone care to venture a guestimate price? Even if the range is wider...
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10-15k.

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10-15k.

Andy.
You don't know where the poster lives.
You don't know how big the structure is, but you estimated it.
I didn't know it was that easy. I'll say $32,000.
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You don't know where the poster lives.
You don't know how big the structure is, but you estimated it.
I didn't know it was that easy. I'll say $32,000.
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$31,500

I'm a hack and just underbid ya!!!!

Now..... what are we bidding on????.......
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You don't know where the poster lives.
You don't know how big the structure is, but you estimated it.
I didn't know it was that easy. I'll say $32,000.
Ron

That's right, I don't know a darn thing about the job.

Not where it is, how big it is not the materials...nothing.

He just wanted a price and I threw it at 'em.

All that for free too...and worth every penny.

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That's right, I don't know a darn thing about the job.

Not where it is, how big it is not the materials...nothing.

He just wanted a price and I threw it at 'em.

All that for free too...and worth every penny.

Andy.
Denemante called. he wants to confirm the written estimate.
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