Originally Posted by dtsdig
That sounds like a good plan for your place, Mike. Do you have a ballpark of what the rough construction will work out to be ($$)? We looked at a few cape cods before we bought our house 5 years ago and I just couldn't stand the idea of having so little usable space on the second floor. We ended up buying a 2000 sq ft split level ranch with a 2 car attached garage and I've really appreciated the layout. We have 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths and another enclosed room in the downstairs that is also bedroom size (that's my drum room). Realistically, I will never have a dedicated theater in this house unless I did an addition. I think I'm mostly ok with that though because my wife is so supportive of having massive speakers around the living room and possibilities for some room treatments in addition to the one panel we already installed.
I did not want to get into too much details and derail your thread- but I guess after I think about it you already bought your $1500 saw
Um cost is a funny thing- because I am nearly certain it's going to cost a lot more than I expect or can afford.
MY goal is to bring the shell phase of the construction in under $100k. I'm currently enteraining bids now, getting quotes specifically on:
Concrete and excavation
upgrade front door to nicer one with side windows
That includes demo of the second floor and roof and adding it back.
This is kind of the idea now:
My current floor plan is the normal cape style.
Our plan for that is here:
I already removed the wall between the kitchen and living room now- I did that a few years back. The rooms are just too small. It really opened up the house. So the plan is to do the same on the other side of the stairs where I scribbled in RED color- basically creating an open floor plan around the stairs.
That left side of the house where our existing two bedrooms are now, would become one room- the living room. The current living room would become the dining room- which makes sense flowing from the kitchen. We would remove the closet so you can go room to room or side to side either in front or behind the stairs.
I'm on a pretty tight budget so the back porch was originally intended to just be lolly columns full of cement on sonotubes- holding up the second floor. But the more I thought about it- the more I thought it might settle faster than a real foundation. So I am changing the plan to be a real foundation and enclose the porch- since important parts of the house will be above like bedrooms and bathrooms.
My current plan is to use something like these cheap sliding glass doors
to make it a glass room. The porch will be 12 x 32 so I was thinking 4 of those 6 foot sliding glass doors is actually kind of affordable and gives me a lot of light and glass on the wall- and I can open all of them and keep the screens in during the summer which is nice. Screens are only $39.
The theater will go above the garage in the bonus room- and have 10 foot ceilings.
I don't have all the cash now to finish it all- and I can only work so fast anyways. The plan is to DIY a lot of it myself and try to save some cost and capitalize on my own sweat equity.
The plan now is for someone to come do the foundation, framing, roofing and siding- basically leaving me with a weather tight shell. Then I would take over. I can do most things, and I learn quick and have support. I just don't work fast enough do to the big part of the shell. I'll likely frame the interior, do some of the sheet rocking, all of the trim, all of the floors, the closets, bathrooms etc..
I'm going to rough plumb the babies bath upstairs and just shut the door. They are 10 months. When they are able to use and need it, I'll buy the vanity, sink, shower, toilet.. etc.. A lot of the project is being approached like this, so it might be a 5 to 10 year plan in reality. Long term once all that is done- I'll circle back and expand my kitchen into the new breezeway/mudroom, as I am kind of planning things on that happening in the next 5 or 10 years.