And the price of paradise?
* I would place a small wager that the $1.05 cost per square foot
named in your article does not represent the true cost of the remodel.
As a construction manager, I deal every day with clients'
perceptions of costs: What are hard costs? What are soft costs? What are
total project costs? Are furniture and equipment included? Escalation factors? Delivery, taxes, and loading materials? Design fees? Plan-check
fees? The $1.05 per square foot represents something. But it does not
represent the "after" photos in the article, just some tiny
part of the remodel ... A number less than $100 per square foot would be
impressive, considering the cost of construction materials today. The
$1.05 per square foot is not only unbelievable, it is misleading to your
readers.--ANDREA NOBLE, SANTA ROSA, CA
EDITOR'S NOTE: Fixing square footage cost for this home is
difficult. The remodel, which used many recycled materials, required
four years of homeowner labor. It was completed with a $100,000 loan for
the construction plus a small equity line for furnishings and