Sometimes its hard as a homeowner to truly understand what goes into adding extra living space to your home. We are finding that the average price for a room addition in the greater Tampa Bay Area is running around $200-$250 per square foot depending upon the type of room and how it is going to be finished off. What does this mean? Well, that 12' x 12' addition that you have been contemplating could cost you up toward $36,000.00. Why so much you might ask? There is a lot that goes into the planning and construction of room additions. I want to give you a little run-down of the items that need to be taken into consideration when estimating a job:
- Architectural design services to ensure that new addition is housed in a structure in a style appropriate to the existing house, and up to code for the neighborhood or area in which the home is located. This could require as much as 10 - 17% of the total building budget;
- Arrange any required demolition, excavation, or site preparation - Average costs are going to vary according to the level of work necessary;
- Pour concrete footings and slab if no crawlspace foundation exists - Average price of concrete could run $75 per cubic yard.
- Build roof trusses and support beam system and tie into existing structure - lumber prices will vary as will the design used in the new space.
- Asphalt shingles with galvanized metal flashing - A separate roofing contractor is hired that will provide their own warranty.
- Install siding and trim - Whether you go with vinyl siding or a Hardie Board, this is a time consuming process.
- Finish ceilings and walls - Generally today we use drywall to finish walls and ceilings.
- Fiberglass wall and attic insulation - Depending on the type of construction of the home, whether it be traditional framing or concrete block, you might need values as low as R-4 or as high as R-30.
- 1 - six-panel primed hardboard door - Average of $200 each plus four hours of installation;
- Three new windows - Average price of $300-$1000 per window, plus installation time of two to five hours per window. The good thing is that most new impact windows will get you a tax deduction.
- Carpeting, Laminate, or Tile Flooring- General rule of thumb is just this, Carpet is usually the cheapest, then Laminate, & Tile is generally the most expensive.
- New moldings - Don't forget all of the new floor, door, and crown molding you will need.
- Tie into existing HVAC or New AC System- Average cost will vary according to pre-existing system or new units.
- Provide electrical wiring and lighting to code - This is going to depend upon the amount of work required. This project might be priced on a per item basis, or the we might simply base it on the square footage.
- Provide carpentry to code - If you are investing this kind of money in a project, you want the job to be completed by someone that is an expert in their field. Leave this part to the professionals.
- Painting - Painting is one of those things that can be left up to the client to finish on their own to save money. On a room of this size, you could see a savings of a few thousand dollars.
Now that you have a better understanding into everything that goes into a room addition, you will not be shocked at the price of the estimate when you receive it.