Originally Posted by Mfusick
I think an elevator is cheaper than a concrete pour to go flat...
You are talking about 25 grand + difference there in concrete and labor, and then if you do then you lose garage space too possibly which is also not good. Losing less ends up costing a lot more... so you are fighting at both ends.
A nice residential elevator for 4 adult load is like 15 grand installed, which is something you could build later (if)
you really needed. Having an elevator take you to a bigger theater is way cooler than a smaller garage and theater on the first floor IMO. Saved $5000 too.
Originally Posted by audiovideoholic
Huh? Where you come up with those figures on foundation? I've been in the construction business for 20+ years and have never spent more than $8-10k on residential foundation slab from start (staking out boundaries) to concrete finish maybe $15k at most if like 3,000sqft single floor. When the first floor starts getting larger and larger slab becomes a second option around here and most don't even consider it to begin with except for the garage alone.
Just curious as to why the $25k figure since it's double or more the price around the South East.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
I was also assuming you had to roof that extra space.
I got a quote for my garage/theater project and an extra 8 feet would cost me $8000.
I was thinking that to do a pour and a full size theater on empty land and get a roof on it would be minimum $20,000. I was not figuring on studs, wood, or any of the other building materials because you'll spend those just the same on a second floor build. But with a second floor over garage you do get some bonus economies of scale on the foundation, concrete, and roof. Those are costly parts of construction.
A consumer level elevator with 1000 or 1200 pound capacity and 4 adult rated would be about $15,000 installed. But again I was operating off the idea that this might not be necessary up front, or at all- thus saving money while having a reasonable back up plan to the stairs. There is nothing wrong with wanting everything ground level, if that is what someone wants then it's worth it. But the cost is higher. Depending how much they want it or what budget they have to work with that might or might not be worth it.
The preliminary pricing I was looking at for a basic attached garage was about $12K for a 24' x 20' space. Bumping that up to 24' x 40' would only increase the cost to $19K. This was just the price for materials, including all framing, roof, eaves, siding, soffit and fascia, house wrap, etc. It wouldn't include the gable, garage door, foundation floor or sill plate. The only extra cost there would be the foundation, but that seems like it should be under $10K, based on our recent costs for our driveway.
It also wouldn't include any of the interior work, but most of that would be the same regardless of where the theater would be built.
The way I'm looking at it, it would be an additional $20-25K to get a dedicated 24' x 20' space (yes, it'll be a bit smaller than that when finished), which sounds kind of reasonable, at under $55/sq. foot. Of course that doesn't include any of the additional inside finishing work needed, but again that would be an additional cost no matter where the theater were to be placed.
The elevator idea is intriguing, but I'd be leery of maintenance costs, and my wife isn't a fan of them at all, so I fear it would be vetoed.