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Old 05-15-2011, 11:24 AM
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My husband and I are remodeling my grandmother's home built around the late 1890s. We are trying to find our what the average cost per square foot is for building/remodeling and adding on to existing property in south Mississippi.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:25 AM
Location: MS
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There are too many variables. Is the remodel a coat of paint or will you gut the house and replace all of the systems (electrical, water, gas, etc)?

My wife and I are planning on restoring a 1920's house in her hometown soon so we went to the local bookstore and picked up a book on the process. It covers things you need to look at before even deciding if it is practical or the house is an entire loss. From there it covers pitfalls and how-to techniques as the renovation goes along.
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Old 05-16-2011, 07:34 PM
Location: NE Mississippi
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I'm a licensed home builder and a licensed home inspector.
I agree with Robert J in that there are just too many variables and unknowns to even begin a discussion. Sometimes it costs more to rebuild than it would to tear down and build - it can get that bad. All depends on how you want it done.
If it is good property consider hiring an architect.

I bought an 850 Sq/Ft house that was ordered vacated, worked in it for 6 months, and was able to turn it into a very appealing cottage. I put new wiring, plumbing, HVAC - the works. New roof, new siding, covered over some windows, etc. I ended up putting in $26,000 worth of improvements and would do it again if I could get the house for the right price in the first place.

It sounds as if you already own your place. If you do, I am all in favor of what you are doing. Do not try to live in the house and work on it at the same time. Buy a camper, if nothing else.
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