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Old 05-03-2014, 08:37 PM   #1
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ideas? cost estimate.


I am looking at purchasing a house and it has a sun room that I would like to turn into a functional living area. I was wondering about the process and cost to raise the floor to use it. any help and ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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Concrete can be raised with a process that injects material underneath the slab, but prices vary all over the country so there's really no way to even "ballpark" a job like that. Your best bet is to contact a local masonry contractor to give you some idea of what you are up against.
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Also, any ideas on how to make it a functional space would be great.
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I can'thelp with prices for labor--but tile is always a good choice---heating coils can be added---deck mud can be used to elevate the floor if you wish to raise the floor height to match the interior---

Is this a heated 4 season room or a seasonal room?
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I'm really confused....missing something

1) Why do you have to lift the concrete... how are your sunroom walls built now????

2) Insulate it and heat it... if you mean livable space for four seasons.... a sunroom is livable/functional space.


(If you are asking personal design preferences, I think a bar, pool table, and go-go cage would be nice)

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I was confused with the lifting of the concrete as well. the walls are insulated, it just has siding on both sides. my idea is to raise the floor using a raised floor plan. Then use drywall in place of the siding wall and ceiling. Then French doors opening in.
I want it to be considered livable for the sq. footage and resale value. it will add roughly 350 sq ft to the property.
(and I already got approval for a pool table. lol)
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I was confused with the lifting of the concrete as well. the walls are insulated, it just has siding on both sides. my idea is to raise the floor using a raised floor plan. Then use drywall in place of the siding wall and ceiling. Then French doors opening in.
I want it to be considered livable for the sq. footage and resale value. it will add roughly 350 sq ft to the property.
(and I already got approval for a pool table. lol)
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I was confused with the lifting of the concrete as well. the walls are insulated, it just has siding on both sides. my idea is to raise the floor using a raised floor plan. Then use drywall in place of the siding wall and ceiling. Then French doors opening in.
I want it to be considered livable for the sq. footage and resale value. it will add roughly 350 sq ft to the property.
(and I already got approval for a pool table. lol)
Your ultimate value on resale is going to be in the utility/functionality/appearance of the room as perceived by buyers.....

As far as what a RE agent can advertise as "finished sq feet" is going to be a function of code compliant indoor and conditioned (heat and or AC) space.

Considering your specific interest in resale, it might be best to speak with several RE agents.... they are better able to asses your community standards, what your local market demands, and any deficiencies or advisable utility to add to your specific home.

It's sorta the concept that a 350 sq ft deck overlooking a majestic view could have more value than an enclosed nicely appointed 4th bathroom.... but an enclosed storage area could have more value than a well windowed room overlooking your crowded neighbors tire factory.

Value of improvements is very dependent on your home/community specifics.
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understandable. it just seems a like a wasted space. functionality and appearance are my driving factors while I live there. being in the military, resale always helps.
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understandable. it just seems a like a wasted space. functionality and appearance are my driving factors while I live there. being in the military, resale always helps.
Yes,,, becomes much more important in a mobile work environment....

and THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

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thank you, best job out there. what do you think a raised floor like that would cost, as well as raising the door with it? ballpark obviously. I can do the drywall and what not on my own.
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