House Construction Costs

Save Your House Construction Costs When it comes to building a new home the actual house construction costs should not be a mystery to the person who is actually having the work done. There are very simple ways in which a person can actually see just how much building a new home is likely to cost them. The best way of doing this is to break the construction costs down into components as a contractor would do in order to estimate just how much your house is going to cost to construct. 1. First you need to get a house plan. You can either get a standard one that many architects and design companies offer or you may ask them to design a custom house for you. This is the first cost that you need to factor in to your construction costs. Certainly going with a ready made plan rather than taking the custom route will save you money. 2. Decide upon the types of materials that you are going to be using not just to build the outside walls and windows and doors but the type of flooring, heating, roofing etc. that you would like to use. If you want to save money on particular items when constructing a new house you can use reclaimed materials such as roof tiles, floor boards etc. 3. Next you need to decide whether you are going to use a construction company or employ the various different contractors to carry out the work […]

Green Building Construction Costs
Green Building Construction Costs

Building Construction Costs For A Green Home The cost for someone to build a good quality green home is some what more that it would cost to build a home in the traditional way. In fact in the US alone more than 500,000,000 sq ft of green buildings are either being designed or in the development stage or have been completed. In fact there are many reasons as to why building construction costs for a green home are only a little more than those for a traditionally built one. During the last few years various bodies have looked at just what the building constructions costs are involved when building a green property. Certainly many have only found that in fact it is only nominally more expensive to build a home that is environmentally friendly. Certainly one of the most current and certainly the most reference studies to have been carried out was performed in 2003. This was carried out by a group of more than 40 California state government agencies and was known as California’s Sustainable Building Task Force. They looked carefully at not just the building construction costs but also the financial benefits which could be gained from building a green property compared to using more traditional methods. In fact this study was the first of its kind to fully look at the building construction costs and benefits from building a green (environment friendly) building and focused specifically of 25 office projects and 8 school buildings. All of which […]

Construction Estimate
Construction Estimate

A construction estimate is a calculation which enables a person to see what expenses are likely to be incurred during a particular building project. The expenses that are often included within any construction estimate and which will be provided either to a company, developer or homeowner include such things as: 1. Labor – In this estimate they will need to include the types of workers they will be using and how many will need to be employed in order to complete the project on time. 2. Materials – They will need to estimate the amount of materials and what types of materials will be need in order to complete the project. 3. Contingency Sums (an amount to cover for any untoward or unforeseen expenses that may arise during the construction project). As well as providing estimates for the above also estimates will need to be provided for any plant that will be used during the construction process. In most cases the construction estimate provided by the construction contractor will be close to the actual costs. However this will always depend on just how accurate the contractors estimating methods that they use are and if they have correctly evaluated and visualized what the project is. So as you can see from above that a correct estimate is very important when it comes to construction work. Certainly this is the most important job that will need to be carried out by any construction manager for his company as it could in fact […]

Construction Costs
Construction Costs

Learn About Construction Costs Including House, Building, Commercial And Estimating Software In order for a building contractor to be able to work out just how much the construction costs for a property are going to work out at they need to break them down into a number of different components in order to provide themselves and their client with a cost for what the work will be. It does not matter whether they are carrying out a small or big construction job all will need to be costed out and in most cases will add a contingency of around 20% on to their estimated construction costs. Below we will look at the various components that are needed in order to make up an estimate for construction costs. 1. First of all they need to obtain a plan of the property that they are going to be constructing. Construction Cost Examples Include Green Building Construction Costs House Construction Costs Residential Construction Costs Swimming Pool Construction Costs Building Construction Costs 2. Next they need to decide on the types of materials that they will be using during the construction process. This includes materials for the walls, roof, windows, doors, kitchen units and equipment, bathrooms and the flooring within the home. Also they will need to look at the costs for other materials such as wiring, pipes, radiators and heating systems. They will then speak with their local supplier in order to get costs for all the materials that they require. 3. Now […]

Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows
Storm Windows vs Replacement Windows

For many years now, the buzz has been that replacement windows would save homeowners money on their power bills, keep the family warmer or cooler and enhance curb appeal. Homeowners were educated as to how the panes insulated the home, what types of windows required little-to-no maintenance and how to check for leaks before owners sought new windows. While all of this is good to know, the cost of replacement windows can be staggering. If the checkbook can’t support either new windows or overpowering power bills, there is an alternative. In a new twist on an old subject, storm windows vs. replacement windows could mean an all around savings as well as increased curb appeal for Colorado homeowners. Never Heard of Storm Windows? Storm windows offer extra protection against the vagaries of extreme weather and are usually removed each spring. They can either fit outside or inside existing windows. Choices are clear glass or plastics like Plexiglass. Glass is heavier, more fragile and more expensive, while plastics are cheaper, lighter and can become scratched. In addition to protecting existing windows, storm windows help insulate better than replacement windows. Storm windows fitted outside existing windows get condensation that must be vented through a “weep hole” before it can damage windows. They do, however, prevent air leakage, and they also keep weather from damaging existing windows. Indoor storm windows fit tighter to the existing window, causing a sort of suction that keeps air from leaking out. They provide ease of use and cleaning as well as […]

Is a Home Warranty Worth the Price?
Is a Home Warranty Worth the Price

Knowing if you should spend money, sometimes up to six hundred dollars on a home warranty is a consideration buyers and existing homeowners should think about. There are many cases when having a home warranty in place is well worth the money and other times that it may not be worth the cost. Bank owned homes and short sale homes will generally not pay for the buyer to have a home warranty in place and in these cases it may be prudent to have a home warranty. One thing to keep in mind is that home warranty plans generally do not cover pre-existing conditions so knowing that you have an air conditioning unit that does not work is not a reason to buy the warranty. These houses since they have been owned generally by people that are at danger of losing the home and probably lived in the home for many months knowing they were losing the home tend not to take such good care of the property so problem could arise shortly after you take ownership. In this case, you may want to consider a home warranty and the out of pocket expense might be money well spent. If the home you are buying is fairly new, say between one and 5 years, then a home warranty could be something you forgo at the moment because most things that go wrong don’t happen in the first few years that a house is built. A home that is six to […]