Little cash but lots of determination...My story
I have your typical, post war, cape style house. When we bought it the stairs went up the side instead of the middle giving us one big room upstairs. The down stairs was two bedrooms, bath, living room, and kitchen. The demensions of the house was 24x30. Thats 720 sq ft on the first floor and less on the second. The first thing we did was move the stairs to the middle and add a dormer onto the upstairs back. This gave us two upstairs bedrooms and a full bath. More usable space on the second floor but not a big increase in dimension.
I raised three kids in this house. While I only entertained friends and family we made it work. We eventually made the two downstair bedrooms into one master bedroom.
Now, twenty years later and the kids are all grown but I still dream of more space. People think I'm nuts for wanting a addition when the kids are all grown. My answer to them is that my family will only get bigger. The children will marry and have kids of their own and I want to be able to have them all over.
I should mention that the house was set up backwards. The kitchen was not on the side of the drive way. Thats where the bedroom is. I knew I didn't want to add on to the back and lose some of my small yard so what's a women to do.
Well, I decided to put on addition onto the driveway side of the house. Isn't that where she said the bedrooms are you ask? Yes and that will never do so we need to move the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom and livingroom to make this work. Oh my God, what will this cost you ask? Well, on the open market I got quotes of $150k. Way to much for my small neighborhood. Why not just move you ask? My house is 1\4 mile from the waterfront, 1\4 mile from the center of town, and 2 miles from all major highways. I love the location. so what's a woman to do?
I contacted the local Tech Highschool and proposed the project to them. They have so far put in a new furnace and central air with ductwork. The foundation (Not included) goes in next week and the school will start in sept giving me my dream house. The cost is estimated to be about $30k. Now that I could do!!! I should include in the cost PATIENCE. the project will take about 2 years.
When done my living room will be 360sq ft opened to the kitchen 170 sq ft and open to the dinning room of 80 sq ft. this will give me a open area of 610sq ft. There will be a new bathroom, new laundry room, and what I call the handicap bedroom on the first floor.
The second floor will have a new master bedroom 400sq ft with the old bathroom and second bedroom for guest.
This addition is only 10x32 on first floor and 10x24 on second floor. Total sq ft added 560 sq ft. rearranging floor plan.... Priceless!
I'll let you know how were doing through all this but wanted to share with you that even with a small house and little cash it is still possible to create the home of your dreams.
Thanks for letting me share my story