I'm hoping there's no word limit. This is longish.
We live in Newfoundland and are planning the renovation of our 30 year old house. This house is just a bungalow right now, square box, nothing fancy at all, not even a bay window. It is 2100 square feet, 1050 up and 1050 down. The house measures 42 X 23. We are planning an addition to the rear, going back 12 feet (addition will be 42 X 12). This addition will add 12 feet to kitchen, dining room, master bedroom and another bedroom (these are rooms on the upper level on back of the house). Downstairs will also be 12 feet added, but we plan to just leave that part unfinished, for the time being. Presently downstairs is fully developed, rec room, laundry, 2nd bath, storage room, and office area. This addition is pretty straightforward. The roof line will be different, but thats all.
Now the dilemma......we also want to add a two car garage to the front, left side corner (looking out from inside the house). We originally planned to make this garage a two-story, so to speak, because our son's bedroom is upstairs on that corner, and this way his room could be enlarged by running his existing room into the loft area of the garage. (footnote: with two kids, if one child's room gets enlarged, the other one has to also!!!). Now we're thinking this would prove to be very expensive, the garage part w/loft. As it would have to be not only attached, but really integrated into the house. Insulation would be needed, and the ceiling of garage/floor of bedroom, would have to be reinforced. Now, because we already have a 16 X 32 detached garage, we only want this "attached" two car garage just to park the cars out of the weather, nothing else, so it can almost just be a shell, and we could save some expense by not having to insulate, reinforce, etc. Is that right? So now we are thinking about building on to the left side of the house, out 9 feet sideways. That addition would be 9 X 23, but joining onto the 12 foot addition already planned for the back, it will be 9 X 35, (total house will measue 51 X 35), still with me?? That way our son's bedroom grows by 9 feet and also our master bedroom, which will already grow by 12 feet from the rear addition, will take on another 9 feet, because the master is on the back left of the house.
Are we right in thinking that this would be less costly to build onto the side as opposed to the garage w/loft?
Also, in addition to the above mentioned modifications, the house will also be getting new siding, windows, doors and a new roof.
Any idea of a ball-park estimate??
And please any suggestions, would be heavenly.
P.S. We plan on living in the house for a very long time, so we figure its better to renovate than sell. We have a great peice of land, great area, and great neighbors.