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    My father-in law is looking to put on an addition to his house so he doesn't need to go up and down stairs. Something functional but not elaborate - bedroom suite, small kitchenette and living space. Assuming mid-range fixtures, any idea what he'd be looking at per square foot? I know this is a really vague quesiton, but I'm just starting our with this and trying to weigh the cost of this versus a facility of sime type. I also know Newton MA is ridiculously expensive to do anything in. Thanks.

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    You need to tell us how big the addition is before a price can be guessed at. And you have answered your own question Newton = expensive . I just turned a bedroom into a master bath walk in closet. 45G. My house in lancoia wanted a second floor addition bath closet bedroom 108G bagged out of that. Sold the house.

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    To add it was cheaper to sell and fined a bigger house then to remodel . Your just not looking at cost. Time and resale also matter.

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    Re: New Construction Cost - Newton MA?

    There are HUGE variations in quoted price and lad times, and no guarantees. We had one project quoted for $8,000, $12,000, and $16,500. Our addition was quoted between $40,000 and $105,000. Actual was just under $60. And that was after the first architect strung us along for four months, and the second architects work (the drawings used to get the permit) was wrong.

    Ask neighbors for references, and drive around the neighborhood and look for contractor trucks.

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    I kind of assume 300 square feet, single story. New construction in their neighborhood goes for $400 sq/ft according to real estate sites. This probably isn't far off for the whole ball of wax: architect, site work, utility upgrades to the house (it's like 120 years old), and the construction. I won't be involved in the project (long story involving a certifiably crazy mother-in-law) but I want to give him a sense of what he's in for.

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    I was going to say you are probably in the range of $300 to 350 per sqft, depending on site work. Could be higher right now, everyone is busy.

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    Stair -Glide not an option ?
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    Not an option - relates to the crazy mother-in-law.

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    She's obviously watched Gremlins. I wouldn't get one either just for that reason...

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    Re: New Construction Cost - Newton MA?

    Residential elevators exist and aren’t that crazy in price, compared to an addition. Sometimes government assistance can be provided in terms of funding; back when I was in the trades, we would occasionally win bids to do the carpentry work required for home elevator installations, which was basically framing a roughly 5’x5’ square opening between floors, similar to the opening for a spiral staircase...so, it takes up some floor space on both floors, and that is a limiting factor if it just won’t fit anywhere, but it might be something you want to look into. They are made of sheet steel, look nothing like an Otis elevator, and are designed to fit a wheelchair with one person at a time, only.

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    If cost is not a issue time is going to be. Also 300sq is very small for a project containing living sleeping space plus a kitchen and bath. Not trying to knock the project sounds like your up against it and have little options for him to stay at home. Could you turn something on the 1st floor into a bedroom? Thinking most houses have bath kitchen on that level already.

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    There can be no changes to the existing structure other than to tie into the addition (and even that is a question). Believe me, we have looked at every alternative to this. Dealing with loonies here.....

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    Time to sell the house.

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    References for sure...I found quite a bit of variability in contractor reliability. Hard to get a hold of, no shows, showing up on the wrong day, charging tens of thousands more with no additional improvement in quality or speed. I got a reference through my agent, mortgage broker, and local real estate office and he's been very fair priced, knowledgeable, and good communication.

    Isn't anyone on here a contractor?

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    Re: New Construction Cost - Newton MA?

    Quote Originally Posted by breakdirt916 View Post
    Isn't anyone on here a contractor?
    I have an excellent guy who is in that area I've done an extensive renovation project with in Somerville. PM me if you'd like his details.

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    Re: New Construction Cost - Newton MA?

    References are great, right up there with getting a good price. But equally or more importantly is your agreement with your contractor. Get it ALL in writing and part of the executed contract. Establish labor rates for change order work if required. Be as thorough with the project scope as you possibly can be in the contract, this will cut down the potential for change orders. Project plans need to be complete and correct. Set your payment terms, and NEVER pay for work that isn't complete and inspected. As long as you have the money you have the power.

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