5 Key Issues To Consider At The Design Stage
To Keep Your Budget On Track
It's all very exciting going for the extreme design concepts,
but how much are they really contributing to the cost of your home
Even something as simple as a few extra degrees of roof pitch
or a few additional inches in wall width can sometimes add unecessary
dollars to your budget, without any real visual impact.
In this article we look at the five main areas which can make
or break your remodeling or renovation project, and how to check
with your builder and designer to make sure they are not getting
carried away with YOUR check book.
Five practical areas to discuss with your designer or to keep in
mind when plan shopping for your home project include:
The steeper the roof the more the cost in most cases. If you have
noticed lately, there are allot of new home developments where the
roof of the home is quite high and large. This is usually because
the home itself is a smaller square footage and the roof makes it
look bigger. Always remember that the roof area equates to more
sheets of plywood, more shingles and more labor. Gable roofs are
less expensive than hip or cottage roofs. I suggest a 6/12 roof
slope or less to keep the roof cost on budget. You might want to
discuss this with your designer.
This is a crucial part of design. Let s look at a few things that
effect overall cost. Obviously the amount of windows, size of the
windows, whether they open or not, as well as rounded top glass
will effect your budget. The average home usually has 12-15 windows.
Opening or venting windows cost more than a fixed or picture window.
Rounded glass can cost as much as double the cost of an average
window so use them sparingly. Wood windows usually cost more than
conventional vinyl (PVC) windows. A door example is a double French
exterior door is more expensive than a standard patio door.
The trend in the new home building industry today is to design
and build with 9 foot walls and ceilings. This gives a home larger
feel vs. a traditional 8' wall height. This will affect the cost
of the finished home as there is more wall area for drywall, siding,
etc. In a 1500 square foot home or less, I would recommend 9' ceilings
to take advantage of the space. Two story walls, referred to as
balloon framing, really adds to the cost of framing.
This is a raised ceiling in the home, usually going to a peak.
It is a great idea to integrate into the design if you want the
cost of standard 8 foot high walls with the higher vaulted ceilings
giving the perception of a lager space. There are typically two
types of vaulted trusses used in a new home design. The first on
is the Scissor truss vault which gives a gentler raised ceiling
and is less expensive, and the second is a cathedral vault which
typically is a full height vault with a ridge beam. You see these
allot in a Chalet style cabin. (steeper vault)
A full concrete foundation (8 foot basement) in most cases will
cost more than a crawlspace or slab foundation. If you don't have
allot of storage designed into the home, a full foundation may be
required and is also a great re-sale feature. A sloped lot may accommodate
a day-lite or walkout basement option as well. Basement development,
as well as extra space over a garage, are the least expensive ways
to add square feet to a home.
So if you are about to get plans designed for your new home or
just looking for a plan online, keep this five points in mind. Your
wallet will thank you.
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