Converting Three Story Great Room?

memlexSeptember 22, 2012
We are thinking of buying a home on a lake that currently has a great room that is three and half stories tall (three stories, plus a vaulted ceiling).

The bottom level is a basement level and is currently the only floor to the room. I would like to add a floor above that level so that the existing great room becomes a rec room and the two stories above that become the great room.

Does anyone know approximately how much this could cost?
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The room is somewhat similar to this picture, but does not have a fireplace and is taller.
    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 3:14PM
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Any kind of work like this is dependent, in part, on where you live. Hawaii is the most expensive, followed probably by California. Search your yellow pages or Google your zip code for remodelers in your area, you will no doubt get a more accurate quote that way.
    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 3:29PM
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The home is located in Ohio.

Just looking for a ballpark figure.
    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 3:30PM
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Could be quite pricey, depends on the width of the space and the construction of the surrounding space. Because you are decking an area which currently doesn't have any weight bearing capacity, you will have to tie in to the existing walls and/or support it from underneath.

I'd start with $250-$400 for an on-site consultation with an architect to get some idea of the general feasibility of the project
    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 5:02PM
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True. The size of the space is approximately 20 x 25.
    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 5:05PM
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It should be relatively economical if you are simply doing interior alternations.
    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 5:56AM
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