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Old 2008-07-24, 12:11 PM
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Default Extending your house - moving outside wall

Has anyone extended their house by moving the back wall out? We were thinking of extending it 5-10 feet longer and would love to get an idea of cost. We have not signed anything yet and are looking at our options before committing to a lot.
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I did that with my builder. We extended the kitchen and therefor our bedroom 2 feet into the backyard. To do the math, it is very simple. Take length of your room that you want to extend X how many feet you want to extend. Multiply this by the cost per sq foot based on your builder.

For us it was 2 feet X 19 feet (length of kitchen and bedroom) X 2 floors = 76 Sq feet. Multiply this by the cost from your builder which ranges from 130 - 170 per sq feet.

In our situation, we also add kitchen 2 feet of kitchen cabinets included with the price change.

To get an idea of what you expect to get charged by the builder, then take your house price / sq footage.


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Wow...making any change of that extent wasn't even an option with our builder. We had hoped to take a jog out of a wall in the garage area which would have given more room to the ensuite and walk in closet but it wasn't to be.

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You also may not be able to extend it that much. It may not make it through the subdivision plan, thats a serious extension and I'm doubtful it would even be allowed. 2-4 feet for a normal subdivision home is passable but over that and you start having a problem with the lot allowances. Might want to ask them if it is even possible first.
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At a minimum, the City of Ottawa requires backyards to be at least 25' deep. So unless you have a deep lot or they can move your house forward, getting a 10' extension is probably a no go.

And it also depends on the builder. Some will not make any structural changes at all (for example, Mattamy). Talk to your builder and get it in writing (along with the cost) so it is part of your purchase agreement.
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And it also depends on the builder. Some will not make any structural changes at all (for example, Mattamy). Talk to your builder and get it in writing (along with the cost) so it is part of your purchase agreement.
Yes, this is correct. For us it was clearly written in the Structural Changes in the contract and clearly mentioned the additions to the kitchen cabinets and the two floors including the cost.
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We also move a wall on our new home. We expanded the whole side of the house two feet. This gave us a wider hallway, living room and dining room. As well as two extra feet wider in the kitchen. On the second storey it expanded our master bedroom as well as two secondary bedrooms two feet. In total the square footage increased 160 sq ft, 80 sq ft per floor.

In the kitchen we received two extra feet of counter and cupboards. as well as double door front entry from a single door and sidelight.

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i asked to switch where the window and the sliding glass door were due to poor layout and it was a no go
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