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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 appliances.
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Title Annotation:FROM READERS
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jun 1, 2006
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