You'd have a hard time doing that these days. In 2004, I did a fairly decent sized addition on my childhood home. Concrete was $60 a yard which was up from about $40 a yard a few years earlier, now it's $120. 12 /2 Romex was $34 a 250 ft roll in 2004, now it's about $80. However! I'm still making about the same I was back in 1984!! I have a friend who is being from payday to payday. No roof on yet and his floor is shot from the weather. Things is rougher than they used to be, but you know that each time you hit the grocery store!