Maybe I missed this, but how big is your place, and how much are you adding? Square footage as well as bedrooms, bathrooms, etc.
Ahh no I don't think I put it on here. I can dig up the renovation plans and I will do that tonight and post em, but here's the basics.
The house is 1/2 of a duplex situated in a young family neighborhood called Del Ray (in northern Alexandria). It's a place where the politicos live, so its nice, but wasn't a few years ago. Alot of gentrification but now its stabilized and has a quirky vibe. Omarosa of The Apprentice fame shops in our boutiques off of Mount Vernon Ave. Fun, weird place.
Anyways, the actual SQ is about 900, and this doesn't include the basement because basement sqft doesn't count in Alexandria, and stairwells don't count either.
About 300 sqft per floor
The original setup was
BASEMENT : FINISHED, with sitting area and Laundry/Dryer. All one room. Basically Utility
1st FLOOR : Living Room, Separated Dining Room (somewhat), very tiny galley kitchen
2nd FLOOR : Master Bedroom, 2nd Bedroom, Full Bath.
The new setup is basically a 12 foot addition out the back of the house flush with the property line and the prexisting outer wall. Internal work will be done to change the interior, and we'll be refurbishing the insulation, installing better wiring/plumbing/radiant floor heating. The AC unit will move from the basement to the attic. Heck, we'll be able to access the attic now!
So here's the new setup
BASEMENT: FINISHED with W/D Utility Room, Combined Dining Room / Kitchen, Full Bath, Bedroom/Den.
---We will be renting this out to a friend for a few years for a very reasonable sum and that will be applied to the principle every month
1st FLOOR: Combined Living Room and Dining Room. bar space in what was the old kitchen, the new addition space is the new kitchen
2nd FLOOR: Old master becomes 2nd bedroom. Bathroom gets moved to a better location, and a little bigger. New addition space is the new master bedroom. Old 2nd bedroom becomes walk in closet. Balcony w/spiral staircase off the 2nd floor new master
ROOF : Rooftop green deck ( think lots of plants, vines, solar panels, etc)
I think we go from 900 sq ft to 1600?