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Join Date: Aug 1998
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Re: Cape cod expansion
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.
If a government spent $30bn to find better uses for carrots, there would be carrot appreciation societies, carrot conventions, 400 patents on carrot-based wing-nuts, tents, and textiles, and 4000 peer-reviewed references on worrying declines in carrot hue, nutrients, fertility and genetic diversity, not to mention gender inequality in dietary carrot content