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    House additions-Architect needed

    My wife and I are thinking about adding onto our house. It's not going to be a little project. We've come to the conclusion that we love where we're at and don't really want to move.

    When we bought our house we got a pretty sweet deal on it. Looking at houses that we're interested in, we've found that the asking price is $80k-$100k more than what we owe now.

    We're looking for some good achitects to come in and give us an idea of what we can and cannot do. This isn't going to be something that we do all at once. We'll probably have to do it in phases over the next 5 years or so.

    So, are there any recommendations for firms or individuals that you think might do a good job?



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    My wife and I are thinking about adding onto our house. It's not going to be a little project. We've come to the conclusion that we love where we're at and don't really want to move.

    When we bought our house we got a pretty sweet deal on it. Looking at houses that we're interested in, we've found that the asking price is $80k-$100k more than what we owe now.

    We're looking for some good achitects to come in and give us an idea of what we can and cannot do. This isn't going to be something that we do all at once. We'll probably have to do it in phases over the next 5 years or so.

    So, are there any recommendations for firms or individuals that you think might do a good job?
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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    You sure you need an architect? Do you have a design idea? Maybe you need a structural engineer?



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by cjb1978 View Post
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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by jpete24 View Post
    You sure you need an architect? Do you have a design idea? Maybe you need a structural engineer?
    Yes, they need an architect. There is a good one in Des Moines named Mike Young. PM me for more info if you'd like.


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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Good luck with the 7-10% off the top of construction for your project.



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by jpete24 View Post
    Good luck with the 7-10% off the top of construction for your project.
    Yeah, I'd ask roughly 10%.


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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by weR138 View Post
    Yeah, I'd ask roughly 10%.
    Hey, there is a sucker born every day.....



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Good grief, the man asked for a specific suggestion and what's with all the attitude?

    You may be able to get by without one, if selecting the right builder with an architect/engineer on their team. But regardless, modifying the structure of your home is nothing to fool around with, money spent today can easily save you heartache tomorrow.



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    What kind of idea's do you and your wife have for your home? I suppose you are looking at adding a second level which would bring up your question.

    Just a word of advice adding a second level to a existing home is usually more hassle than it is worth.



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by jpete24 View Post
    Hey, there is a sucker born every day.....
    If you want a structurally sound, efficient, livable, durable, attractive and tailor made home then I'd suggest being a sucker.


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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by cytech View Post
    What kind of idea's do you and your wife have for your home? I suppose you are looking at adding a second level which would bring up your question.

    Just a word of advice adding a second level to a existing home is usually more hassle than it is worth.
    We've thought that as well. Here's where we stand. We're two houses away from an elementary school, a block away from a park and two blocks away from Hy-Vee.
    We couldn't ask for better neighbors and our back yard is big enough that we can expand but still have more than enough room.

    This could very well be our last house. Do we spend the money and make it the house that we want OR do we go out and buy a house for $100k more than what we owe now.

    We're not going to put ourselves in debt over this. We're going to save the money and then do the next thing on the list. that's why we are wanting to take in stages.



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    Re: House additions-Architect needed

    Quote Originally Posted by SuperCy View Post
    My wife and I are thinking about adding onto our house. It's not going to be a little project. We've come to the conclusion that we love where we're at and don't really want to move.

    When we bought our house we got a pretty sweet deal on it. Looking at houses that we're interested in, we've found that the asking price is $80k-$100k more than what we owe now.

    We're looking for some good achitects to come in and give us an idea of what we can and cannot do. This isn't going to be something that we do all at once. We'll probably have to do it in phases over the next 5 years or so.

    So, are there any recommendations for firms or individuals that you think might do a good job?
    If you want quality, go with this guy. He was my roommate at ISU and is outstanding in his field.

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