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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old Jun 10th, 17, 1:16 PM Thread Starter
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My daughter and my 3 grandkids are losing their home and will have to move in with me. What are the steps needed to go through to expand my Cape ,Thanks Joe

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My daughter and my 3 grandkids are losing their home and will have to move in with me. What are the steps needed to go through to expand my Cape ,Thanks Joe
How many bedrooms are available now? finished cellar? Is this permanent or just till something turns around?

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Three bedrooms,finished cellar and only 1 bedroom. They are losing home because of a rotten ex husband ! it will be my daughter,2 teenage girls and a teenage boy. I want to raise the roof on the back side and add one bedroom and bathroom,

Just want to know where to start, I thought get plans,then a builder? Do I need a general contractor or get a framer,roofer,inside wall,plumber ,electrician on my own? Thanks Joe

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I'd first start with your town and see if you can. Even if your neighbors have one laws change. You will need to know what you can do.
Then get plans. There are on line plans that the town will need submitted to give you a permit. google around. Here's an example https://www.thehousedesigners.com/pl...ms-brb12-5176/

Being it is summer now I would be very careful if any builders you contact are not booked up. It would be easier with someone making all the decisions/plans but you pay a premium for it. If it were me i'd do most of the work and hire framers/roofers and other stuff i'm not able to do.

When I got divorced I slept on my mothers floor in a corner on an air mattress for a few months till I got organized. All the bedrooms were full so I did what I had to do. my point is they can make whatever you have work even though it might not be ideal. They are going to have to for 6 months at least before this is built.
I would seriously look at the price vs them renting an apt. even if the boy lives with you and she and the girls get a 2 bedroom.
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Get a good designer and get real quotes on the work. A real quote is more than a number on a page. They should be given a copy of the plan, and provide you a detailed quotation on the work and it should be according to your specifications without substitutions. If you allow substitutions it makes it harder to compare quotes. Be wary of people whose answer to any question about their quote is "we can do that". If you have never done this before and don't know anyone to trust, there's too many ways to get taken advantage of.

When you have all your quotes and tally the total cost, be prepared to add 10-15% more for contingencies and unknowns. Then take that number and divide it by the amount of square feet added. You may not want to do the work if the price per square foot is more than what houses are selling for in your area.

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Speaking from experience, GET A CONSTRUCTION BOND!!!

If you get a contractor like mine, the kind you give $38,000 to and they go to the Bahamas, you will wish you had!
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Good ideas above, personally, I'd hire a General Contractor. I used a local one when we needed some very minor repairs, I'd seen his truck in the neighborhood many times and he lived just around the corner from me, Good work and timely. Good luck on your search.

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Thanks for al the input, never heard of a construction bond. Being 71, it is hard for me to do some of the work like I use to. Also my grandson finished up with stage 4 cancer back in June 2016,now he has stage 4 again and will be on Chemo once a week for 18 weeks and then in the hospital for at least a month.

Too bad we do not have a forum of people with different skills by state that we could trust. Thanks

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Seems like a temporary issue. Surely your daughter will want to bounce on her own as soon as she can. Heck, the teens should be out of the house by 18 so not sure if an addition is worth doing at this point.

Sounds if the timeline is going to be tough assuming they'll be moving in within the next 30 days. This time of year, it's probably going to be nearly impossible to get an addition done in that time frame without paying a steep premium. Since you probably can't get it done now, you'll probably get a much better deal come early November. If you have to, throw in a set of bunk beds or two to get by a while. Good luck.

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Seems to be much easier, quicker, and Cheaper to rent them a nearby separate residence of some type, rather than tearing your place apart. JMHO...

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Are you planning on building the addition while they are living in the house? If that's the case, do your grandsons doctors think he is well enough for that?

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I am trying to stall her foreclosure as long as possible, just getting prepared ahead of time for the worse. Right now thinking of my grandson with kidney and stage 4 cancer, his father left 7 years ago and could care less what happens to his 3 kids .

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I am trying to stall her foreclosure as long as possible, just getting prepared ahead of time for the worse. Right now thinking of my grandson with kidney and stage 4 cancer, his father left 7 years ago and could care less what happens to his 3 kids .
Sorry to hear about this.

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I am trying to stall her foreclosure as long as possible, just getting prepared ahead of time for the worse. Right now thinking of my grandson with kidney and stage 4 cancer, his father left 7 years ago and could care less what happens to his 3 kids .
FWIW, I think you're an extremely decent and good person for helping out your grandson like this. It's got to be.....difficult as hell and tear at your heart strings.

As for your ex son-in-law, I truly hope there is a thing called Karma. I don't get how someone can ignore their own flesh and blood like that.

Steve is right when he says that you have to stabilize and make comfortable your grandson first. Everyone else can simply get by in the meantime.

Fingers crossed and best wishes for you and your family going forward.

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