We are thinking of adding an addition (up or sideways) to our '79 rancher on 1/2 acre lot.
It would require adding some square footage to our house in order for our single-dad son and daughter to live in with us, but also to have their own independent space.
Where do we go for a feasibility study to discover our options, costs and building restrictions, etc. -- are there local bone fide pros for hire that can do this study for us and recommend actions with a good plan with references to choose from?
Jack, first check with your local municipality or County to see what building code restrictions may be in your area. Then contact a general contractor and he/she should be able to provide some basic information. Areas that may have to receive special consideration are the type of soil (rock, sand, clay, etc.) water tables and legal requirements. Other than that, is should be relatively straight forward. Ask for a Ball Park estimate from a contractor ... get two or three and you'll have a good idea of costs.
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