Here we are, weeks later and we still don't have a quote. I am the driver so this is my bus i'm on and I get to decide where to go. The reason we don't have much so far is that I only have one meeting per week at this point.
I had a GC come out a few weeks ago and he suggested we take down one of the walls (it's partially below grade, made of cinder block and I have no idea if it's been sealed or what condition it's in) and though my FIL pushed back on that a bit, next time I'm there I will be ripping off some of the old paneling to see what's behind it.
To be honest, I'd like to tear that wall down, despite the increased cost, because then we can expand that side about 6 feet forward to make a little more space for the bedrooms and bathroom on that side of the house. Only being a 30x60 house, we are already working with less space, so adding an extra 6'x11' or whatever the width of that front would be is worth it to me.
Another issue that i'm thinking about lately is how the left side of the house is below grade. I don't like that and I don't want it to be like that. So I talked to my Dad about what normally happens and he said they excavate it out to make the ground level and then do a squall to send the water elsewhere. We do have the space on that side of the house to level it out at least 10 feet around that side, if not more. It's currently an issue with water runoff from the barn roofs, but hopefully we can rain barrel it or use the squall to direct it elsewhere. After this last snow storm and therefore, heavy ground moisture, the backyard is just mushy. Not in a super muddy sense, but you can feel that it's very spongy underneath.
The main thing that my husband and I need to hammer out is expectations with my in laws. This will be the home they most likely retire to in 10-15 years, so I understand that they have expectations and they have ideas about what they would want. However, the number one thing that is even allowing me to consider moving onto a property with them is that I get to renovate this 2-unit apartment into the home that I want. It's complicated and communication is key.
So I do have some more meetings but I need to discuss some things with them first, I guess. They seem to think we can just keep all the exterior walls and work within them, and at first, I thought that would be a valid option, but now.. I'm wanting to expand a bit on the one side, like I said, plus excavate out so it's level.
The first week of April, I will be meeting with my friend Mark, a former GC and current Engineer. He will visit the property and I will be able to ask him 800 questions about what can be done and all my concerns. I really look forward to that meeting.
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I will update again after that meeting takes place and I'll have more insight! Slowly it goes.