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We've been looking for over a year and a half. Finally decided since we like this location and the bones of this house so why not stay here and build the extra space we need. Only downside is in this market it costs more to build footage than to buy it. Although even the houses we thought might possibily work needed major remodels so the total cost could be about the same. Still checking available properties regularly. If the right one comes along before we start construction we'll grab it and eat the architect's fee. $5,500, BTW, is a total cost unless we want his services as a consultant during construction, which we don't. So far we've only spent $3,000 and could halt the design and walk away any time.
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