Additions priced per square foot?

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Posted by: from Shelburne
8/18/2011 at 7:17:32 PM

Hey everyone; I'm looking to add a small addition to my century home and am having trouble both finding a contractor I am comfortable with locally, and any sort of standard whatsoever with regards to pricing. I am in the auto industry, so I am understand quotes can vary, but the absolutely massive variance in some of the quotes I've received has me scratching my head. I've done a little research and find that, generally, additions are priced per sq/ft with a reasonable wide range depending on conditions (but no so wide as to explain my quotes), is there any truth to this? Any insight on my situation? FWIW, the low and high end of quotes I've received were literally ~4x apart (as in, the high quote was 5x the low quote... (28k vs almost 100k), how is it possible to receive two quotes with a ~70k difference on an addition under 400 sq/ft?

Some details on project; ~280-360 (tbd) addition on back of century home. Foundation, framing, roof, board and batten, insulation, drywall, plumbing, hvac, electric, no finishings.

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Date/Time8/19/2011 at 1:42:13 PM

Good morning Kevin!

Generally speaking, per square foot pricing is more of an estimation tool for the homeowners as opposed to a quoting tool, when it comes to additions. There are an enormous number of variables that must be considered by both the homeowner and the contractor when coming up with a final quote and many of those are the final finishes. Most of the cost savings or extravances can be found in the final finishes ie, hardware, fixtures, trim, etc... If you gave your contractors the same list of finishes, there's no reason for the quotes to be that far apart.

The only thing I can think of for your lowest quote is that this contractor quoted you for just the labor for the job, and few if any materials.

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Date/Time8/22/2011 at 8:10:47 PM

Hello M.Kevin depending on you finishion i reasonable estimate for what your asking for is $ 40 000.00 to $ 50 000.00

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Abie from Groupe Abtech Inc. in Laval
Date/Time9/24/2011 at 9:28:12 PM

Every so often we find contractors submitting prices only by guessing.

The square foot cost to build a room addition no longer exists.

Our company has been around for over 46 years and we specialize in older homes.

Our company does not provide on line estimates without viewing the existing conditions and the access for the equipment if your having foundations.

The code in Canada has been up dated as you can know longer us concrete block for foundation especially in the Ottawa Hull region due to miner earth quacks,

Our company can provide the plans apply for permits on behave of the client.

It takes years of practical experience and must have knowledgeable people to renovate older homes.

If your seeking to have renovations contact our company and we can guide you through your planing.

Abtech Groupe Inc.

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