There are a lot of really ugly additions around here, I don't want one, please and thank you.
I sure hope it doesn't cost double that, egads! We've had some work done before and yeah, I'm with you there. Some of it should be about the same, like the re-roofing since we just got an estimate from the guy that re-roofed our medical office building. I'm already realizing things I forgot about, like the fireplace we want to add to the family room (existing chimney stack, drywalled over by previous idiots ... err, owners), and a new kitchen. The big concern with keeping the costs in line is if we go over $100k, we'd be better off selling and buying/building something new. $50k-$75k I'm good with though, so I keep that in mind as I design.
I'm still wrestling with the exterior some, seems like it needs something else. Some craftsman style roof rafter ends helped, but still something else I think ...