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Looking to talk with a General contractor for home remodel...

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by B5Ben, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    I know this isn't the greatest forum for this topic but figured there might be someone here that could help me out. We are looking at houses and found a great one but it needs some major renovations inside. I am looking to talk with a general contractor to get a firmer idea on costs for such an undertaking.

    It would require a couple of interior walls to be taken down, one of which is probably load bearing, along with a complete kitchen and a bathroom remodel.

    I would love to bend someone's ear for a bit if you have expertise in this area. Also any recomendations would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Ben
     
  2. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I have the means to take down a load bearing wall for ya ;)
     
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    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    Yes but will the rest of the house stay up?
     
  4. slimer13

    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    I'm not a contractor but I've done a complete gut jobs on a couple bathrooms and a kitchen. If you have any handiness I suggest DIY for everything except the load bearing wall removal and subsequent beam instalation. You will save a ton of $$ and you can't beat the sense of accomplishment you will get.

    As far as costs, professional kitchen remodels are usually between $15 and $25k and bathrooms are probably between $5 and $15k. If you did go the DIY route, expect it to cost twice as much as you think and take twice as long but it will be half the cost of professional. None of it is rocket science and YT is a fantastic resource.
     
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  5. B5Ben

    B5Ben Boise Well-Known Member

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    It's the wall and timeline to complete that worries me. That's also one of the drivers to talk to someone who does it.
     
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    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  7. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    It will be as expensive as you want to make it.

    A kitchen can be anywhere between $10k-$60k, bathroom $5k-$20k.
    Load bearing wall, probably looking at $4k+?
    Just a regular wall probably $1k-$2k.

    Will really depend on your timeline and how busy contractors are.

    REALLY need to do some homework. Get the right person, who will do the work right.
    Might want to consult an engineer.

    Also want to consider what's in those walls?

    Get a reputable contractor. Don't go cheap! You get what you pay for, and it'll cost you more in the end.