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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

Posted by Penny Hull on Mon, Jul 10, 2017 @ 14:07 PM

Cost-effective ways to finish third floor or attic space

Looking for ways to add low-cost square footage to your new home, with space for a future  hobby area, game room, 'man cave', or guest retreat? 

It's typically more cost effective to add additional living space into the upper floors of your new home than adding onto the footprint.

But keep in mind that attic space is very different from unfinished future living space - so any area you're considering expanding into has to be engineered and built for the intent of its future use. Building codes are different for storage space in attics, so if you want that to be heated square footage on day, your builder has to know that before applying for permits, so that the architectural blueprints can be revised to include appropriate requirements. 

Learn more about building a new home in the Raleigh, NC area, below - with more important questions to ask your builder

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

The cost of turning unfinished bonus rooms into heated square footage depends on several factors, including:

 - Engineering requirements in the architectural plans

 - Roofline Style and Size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Potential staircase access  

 - Would you want to add a future bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

Changes to attic space to create unfinished future living space can start at around $50 per square foot.  Things to take into consideration include:

 - Framing and flooring engineering and materials

 - Lighting

 - Electrical outlets

 - HVAC system which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work

 - Insulation

 - Drywall,  Paint, and  Trimwork

 - Carpet

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space. The total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished, and what requirements are for staircases and other additional elements necessary to meet Building Code Requirements.

The expense of the project can increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, re-frame the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired.

How does a bonus room add up?

Talk with your builder about ways to add a bonus room to your floor plan, as a cost-effective way to increase your square footage. Read more about adding a bonus room and expanding your house size (for the lowest cost) in these articles:

How to make a house bigger - adding a bonus room

10 Ways to use a bonus room above the garage

Which is a better investment, a bonus room or basement?

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

Can I add a third floor or attic later on?

An attic cannot be turned into living space later unless the correct engineering is in place. Check with your local jurisdiction to see what kinds of permits are required if your home has already been completed. 

As a part of a new home build, keep in mind that appraisers count unfinished space very differently from space that is heated and cooled. Talk with your lender and your builder, as you weigh your options.     

If you're thinking of ways to maximize your budget, make sure to get a full cost estimate from a custom home builder in the Raleigh/Triangle area before making any decisions.

How Much Does a Third Floor or Attic Cost? | Cost Effective New Homes

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One Story Home Video Tours | Single Story Floor Plan Pictures

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 10, 2012 @ 07:01 AM

Top 3 Most Popular Recently Completed One Story Custom Homes

Watch Video Tours of the Top 3 Most Popular One Story Homes 

 

1. The Linda - Click here for video tour

The Linda is an original Stanton Homes design, featuring both classic signature details and many 2012 new home design trends like:

- Peninsula KitchenOne Story Custom Home Raleigh

- Covered Front Porch and Screen Porch with Stamped Concrete flooring

- Seasons Room with Window Wall

- Formal Dining

- Master Suite Trey Ceiling

- Signature Arched Openings

 

2. The Devonsboro - Click here for video tour

Single Story Custom Home

The Devonsboro is a Frank Betz/Stanton Homes design, with custom details like: 

-Covered, arched entry

 - First Floor Office with French Doors

 - Master Bedroom with Stepped Trey Ceiling

 - 10’ Ceilings, Barrel Vaults, Archways

 - Great Room Coffered Ceiling

 - Backyard Deck

 


3. The Ellsworth - Click here for video tour

The Ellsworth was custom designed by Stanton Homes to meet the accessibility needs of our homebuyer. The Ellsworth includes both accessible and special design details like:

One Story Accessible Home

- Accessible Master Bath with roll-under vanity, roll-in shower

- Accessible Kitchen (available as fully or partially accessible)

- Optional Second Floor Bonus Room, Bathroom, and Storage

- Formal Dining with Butler’s Pantry

- Trey Ceilings

- Built-in Bench and Storage Centers

 

Stanton Homes builds extraordinary custom homes with personal service you won’t find with any other builder in our price range – and a Price Match Guarantee

 
View more one story floor plan options here.

Or ask us about design/build options.

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

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Questions to Ask before Choosing a Floor Plan

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 09:08 AM

Top 10 Questions to Ask before Picking a Floor Plan

Finding the Right Floor Plan

When choosing a floor plan, there's a lot to consider.   Here are top questions to keep in mind before building a home you'll love to live in.

1.   Where do you want to sleep?

A two story plan is usually most cost effective.   But for a number of reasons, you may want to sleep on the first floor.   A one story home usually has the highest price tag, and a main floor master suite plan may offer a good compromise between location and price.

Open Floor Plan

2.  What kind of lifestyle do you have?

Are you formal, or informal?    The layout of the main living areas should be determined by your lifestyle.   The kitchen can be "out of sight" from guests, or can be completely exposed to the Great Room for an open concept plan.

3.  Can we stay at your house?

Do you have lots of overnight guests?  Do the grandparents come to visit?  

A first floor guest bedroom and full bath can come in very handy.  

Keep in mind that a full guest suite will require some additional square footage, and may mean losing a room elsewhere if you're working to a strict budget.

4.  What does your dream kitchen look like?Huge Island with Seating

Whether a huge island with seating is most important to you, or just having tons of counter space, don't feel too confined by the kitchen layout noted on the floor plan.  

Changing a kitchen layout is one of the easiest things we'll be able to do for you, just let us know what you're looking for and we'll sketch some ideas for you.

 

 

Floor Plans with Front Porches

5.  Is outdoor living just as important as indoor living?

If a front porch, rear porch, or screen porch is an absolute must for you, don't feel limited to floor plans that already picture one of these options.  

Screen porches can be added to nearly any home, and porches are usually easy to add (or subtract!).  

Just keep in mind - the more porches there are, the higher the price tag will be. 

6.  Will you be working at home?

Whether you're working at home, or just want a private room to catch up or web surf, you're not alone.  Home offices are one of our most popular requests right now.   But don't worry if you don't see a room labeled "office" on the plans.   Formal dining rooms are easily converted to full offices, as are formal living rooms.  And even a pocket office can be a great addition.    

Built In Bookcases

7.  How essential is storage?

Storage can be found in all kinds of places.   What's on the top of today's wish lists?  

A larger pantry (walk in where possible), easy attic storage (can often be found in eaves off the bonus room or other locations), and a big enough coat closet.  

Built in storage centers or an extra large master closet can be key features.

Mudroom Design

 

8.  Is a mudroom important?

Keeping the house organzied with kids around is a constant challenge.  

But a "drop zone" off the garage can go a long way - someplace to store baskets with shoes, coat hooks for backpacks, and even lockers or cabinetry.  

A drop zone can be added in the laundry room, mudroom or hallway. 

9.  What about a basement?

Keep in mind that while walk out basements are fairly common in the Triangle area of North Carolina, full basements are not recommended.   If your lot is sufficiently sloped, an unfinished or finished basement can offer lots of additional square footage, at a much lower cost per square foot than for "above ground" square footage. 

10.  How many bedrooms and baths?

Powder Room

The number of bedrooms you'll need is probably fairly firm.   But be prepared to be a little flexible on the number of baths, though, if you have a limited budget.   It would be great for each bedroom to have it's own bath, plus a separate powder room for guests, but a "dual door" bath with dual vanities can also help all the kids get ready for school on time, AND help Mom and Dad stay on budget.

 

 

Contact Stanton Homes for floor plan ideas, to get a new home cost estimate, or find out more about building a custom home in North Carolina.

Here are some floor plans to get your search started:

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How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Mar 04, 2011 @ 09:03 AM

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic?

 

Looking to add low-cost square footage to your new home or make space for a future  hobby area, game room, sports center, or guest retreat? 

Choosing a floor plan with an unfinished third floor or attic may be the answer.

One of the questions you need to ask is, what is the most cost-effective way to finish third floor or attic space?

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

The cost of finishing a third floor or attic space depends on several factors, including:

 - Home size and price point

 - Roofline style and size

 - Size of the space to be finished

 - Does the floor plan include a staircase?

 - Would you want to add a bathroom?

 - Would you want to add windows or a skylight?


How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

Generally, the minimum cost will be about $50 per square foot.  This will include:

 - Basic lighting

 - Basic electrical outlets

 - HVAC system (which will require an additional heat pump, AC unit, and duct work - the cost for this is usually about $6,000 alone)

 - Insulation

 - Drywall

 - Paint

 - Basic required trim work

 - Standard level carpet

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

It can be less cost effective to finish a smaller space, and the total cost per square foot will vary based on the size of the space being finished. 

If you need to add a staircase from the second to third floor, the price tag can become much higher.

The expense of the project can also increase if you need to add any kind of windows or skylights. If you don't plan ahead, you will need to remove siding and roofing, reframe the structure, add the window or skylight, and replace the siding and roofing. 

The cost of adding a bathroom will vary depending on the finishes desired as well as what stage of construction the home is in. If requested at planning stage, the plumber, framers, and electricians will be able to complete all work as they are finishing the rest of the home, resulting in some savings.

A third floor can be a great space for a homeowner to finish themselves over time, with some significant labor savings.  Check with your local jurisdiction to see if any permits are required - you'll want to be able to count the area as finished square footage if you should ever want to sell your home.   

Make sure to get a full price quote before taking on what can become a major project.

 

How Much Does it Cost to Finish a Third Floor or Attic? | NC Homes

 

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Craftsman Floor Plans | Where to Find Great Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Jan 04, 2011 @ 12:01 PM

How to Find Craftsman Style Floor Plans

Choosing a New Craftsman Style Home

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighFirst, what is a Craftsman style home?  In the Raleigh area, a Craftsman style home usually evokes visions of stone accents or square, tapered front porch columns, exposed rafters or decorative brackets, low pitched rooflines with overhanging eaves, and deep covered porches.  Inside, Craftsman elements can include simpler trim styles, built in details, hardwood flooring, and lots of windows.

Here are some great places to browse Craftsman style floor plans:

Craftsman Floor Plans by Don Gardner

Donald A. Gardner has been designing great homes, including Craftsman style floor plans, since 1978.  This architectural firm is based in Greenville, SC.

Craftsman Floor Plans by Milwaukee Craftsman LLC

Some great, unique Craftsman floor plans that include well-planned use of space and lots of surprises.  The Sussex is one of my favorite plans on this site. 

Craftsman floor plans | Craftsman new homes in RaleighCraftsman Floor Plans by Designs for Living

This 1612 sq ft one story Craftsman style home includes many traditional elements.  You'll enjoy browsing these Craftsman style floor plans from this Oregon designer.

Craftsman Floor Plans by AVID Design Group

AVID Design Group is an NC based architectural firm, offering many different Craftsman style homes with more ornate rooflines and a liberal use of stone.  This 2678 sq ft one story Craftsman is an example of a more modern Craftsman home.  

Craftsman Floor Plans by Alan Mascord

This is one of my favorite collections of Craftsman style floor plans.  The Morecambe has many great elements, including an open floor plan, wonderful porch, and unique angles.

Found a Craftsman style floor plan you're interested in?  Ask for a free building cost estimate, and get exact costs for your new Craftsman home in NC. 

 

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