How to save money building a new home without sacrificing anything! Main Idaho Real Estate Insights
Building a home is not the hardest part, it is in the planning phase that you have the best opportunity to save money.

First, let's start with the structure itself. If the house in question is a rancher, with all of the finished area on one floor, the roof would have to be large enough to cover the entire square feet feet of living space. Turn that single level rancher into a two-story and the roof size is instantly reduced by 50 percent. This examples is simplified because it does not consider any other differences like the need to add the cost of stairs and take away the space they occupy, It also does not calculate in the case of a slab-on-grade foundation, the difference between the cost of a concrete slab verses a wooden floor system. In this example there is also less insulation in the attic area.

Another example is to increase the roof pitch from 3/12 to 12/12 and the roof area (including framing members, sheathing, shingles) quickly increases by 35 percent.  Costs of similarly sized homes can also vary considerably due to the shape of the building, the number of corners or offsets in the design, the type of foundation and required local footing depth, the pitch of the roof, and many other design characteristics that are not directly related to the size of the house.

Planning ahead and working with people who are specialized from the designer to drafter pay for themselves early on.

Posted by tlangford at 3/30/2010 7:10:00 PM
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