how to get idea of cost of adding second story
We're moving from CA back to the DC area this summer and will be buying a home. One possibility is to buy a fairly small place with the intent of adding on. Most likely we'd be looking at buying a singe-story place around 1500 square feet and adding a second floor. (Probably going from 2 to 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom to 4 bedrooms and 2 to 2 1/2 baths, possibly some reconfiguring on the first floor to get a more open floor plan.)
Anyone have experience with this and have a cost ballpark for us? I know the details will make a big difference, but we are looking to figure out is this a $100,000 job, $200,000, $400,000. . . . We need to know whether it's worth our time to look at houses like this and talk to contractors.
Thanks so much for any insight!