10 Cost-Saving Design Ideas for Your Next Home Building Project

10 Cost-Saving Design Ideas for Your Next Home Building Project

Planning to build a new home and want to get the most for your money? With labor and materials accounting for a large percentage of the cost for new home construction, it pays to take an in-depth look at the house plan design. Here are 10 ways to sharpen the pencil for construction savings and, at the same time, create a little pizazz.

SPACIAL RELATIONSHIPS

Utilize more open space. Open space areas can borrow space from one another and, therefore, require less overall square footage. The resulting effect is a greater sense of spaciousness without adding to the cost. Also, house plan designs that set rooms and access doors at 45 degree angles have a better feel to them and tend to be more accessible and open; appearing larger than their actual square footage. This can be an especially cost-effective technique when used for interior, non-bearing walls.

UNITS OF MEASURE

Think even numbers in home plan designs. Most building material dimensions are based on 2-foot increments. Your plan should use 2 foot multiples throughout the design to minimize waste, disposal expenses and to reduce cutting time.

PREFAB TRUSSES

For the appropriate home building project, prefabricated roof trusses are more economical than site-built ones, saving on labor and construction time. They also reduce the duration of time that interior framing members are exposed to the elements.

SIMPLE FRAMING

Stairs and other framed openings should be located in such a way as to minimize the interruption of floor joists. If the home plan design will permit, run stairwell openings parallel to the joists to reduce the need for long girder spans. Also, stairwell and other framed openings should not interrupt structural beams or bearing walls.

CUTTING CORNERS

Corners on the exterior walls, resulting from a given shape of the structure, add dollars to the overall building construction cost. A square-shaped plan has 4 outside corners, as does a rectangular shaped house plan design. An “L” shaped home building plan has 5 outside corners and 1 inside corner. Structures with numerous wings and jogs can have multiple inside and outside corners. Simplifying the home building footprint can help to keep expenses down. Some corners, however, don’t have as huge an impact on construction cost and, therefore, are a preferable design alternative. Non-bearing bump-outs that are cantilevered or supported by brackets do not require any corners in the supporting foundation below. Also, bay windows and other small projections falling under the main roof do not require any separate roof framing. This can be a less expensive way to achieve visual interest or added interior space.

STOCK WINDOWS AND DOORS

Specialty windows and doors may add beauty and architectural appeal, but they can add serious dollars to the home building budget. Standard window sizes and styles can be enhanced by grouping them in creative patterns or by adding unique trim details to the exterior. For example, attractive arches can be framed and trimmed at the header portion of a garage door opening to accommodate standard …

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Coaster Sofa: Adding Beauty to Your Beautiful Home

Coaster Sofa: Adding Beauty to Your Beautiful Home

Now to plan for something so unique and innovative for your new home, Coaster Sofa is something you should go for. Coaster sofa is ideal not only for the beautiful home but also for furnishing the office. The sober, sophisticated design of the this makes it more classy and appealing. So from casual and formal living room sets to upscale offices and rooms, it is on reasonably price answer to all styles.

Coaster Sofa sets come in wide variety:

  • Dual declining
  • Contemporary sectional
  • Sofa bed group
  • Left-facing sectional
  • Reclining
  • Sectional
  • Chaise storage
  • Theater seating

The list of types of Coaster Sofa is extremely long.

One of the most popular designs of This is Ellis Chocolate brown microfiber sofa set. This set features a unique place for relaxation. It comes in deep-brown Chocolate color and is made up of microfiber that makes the sofa classier and stylish. Highly durable in nature, this set comes with comfortable coil seating and wood legs. Quality of this is remarkable as the products used in the sofa reflect superiority and excellence. This plush sofa set offers padded outsides and a hardwood frame with webbed back and spring base.

Features:

  • Gorgeous deep-brown Chocolate finish
  • Coil Spring Cushion
  • Polyester Fiber Fill
  • Luxurious look
  • Padded Outsides
  • Wood legs
  • Microfiber frame with comfortable coil seating
  • Hardwood Frame
  • Webbed Back

It can easily be purchased online from multiple of designs options available. These sets usually come with one year warranty and 30-day money back guarantee.

So it’s time to add that unmatched style to your home by adding furniture of latest style and trend and what calls for great value for money is a Coaster Sofa.…

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Classic House Style

Classic House Style

The classic home style is one of the most difficult (and potentially expensive) styles to achieve in home decor because it relies on creating formal, symmetrical, elegant spaces using quality decoration, furniture and accessories. This style draws a little inspiration from history and this is not the history of poor farm laborers or factories, but the style of the aristocrats and industry leaders at that time. Because it costs.

The classical style, of course, is more easily achieved in large rooms with high ceilings by lending themselves to fine furnishings and architectural details. Here are some elements to consider in achieving this style.

Quality Count

In the classic style, the quality of each element is important. Furnishings will generally be heavy and made of wood and may be intricately carved. Curtains and window nets must be in a formal style and heavy fabrics and other soft furniture must be in luxury fabrics such as silk or thick cotton damask. Solid wood floors with expensive oriental area carpets will help achieve a classic look on the floor.

Antiques

If you have some original antique furniture then this will elevate your room and help your classic look. If it is worn out it can be returned to its former glory.

Symmetry

Classic rooms are normally symmetrical in arrangement so you might have a hall table with two matching lamps, a bed with two matching bedside tables and a living room with two chairs, one on either side of the fireplace! You can of course have different non-matching elements in a room but it is important that they are all in proportion to each other. So you would not have a giant slouchy sofa to go with two upright formal fireside chairs for example.

Architectural Details

If your house is lacking this you can buy architectural features in plaster or wood to add door and window frames. Add a deep insertion board around the edge of the floor and snake into the ceiling and decorative roses centering roses for mounting your lights. If your door is plain, replace it with a paneled door or add a fake panel to an existing door with a wooden strip before repainting the door.

Classic Color

Classic paint colors are generally calm in nature. You will not find bright white or bright blue in the style of this room. Each shade needs a little blunt. Look for paint with original heritage colors for the period display.

Windows is dramatic

Classic homes generally have tall windows that emphasize the height of the room.  Make yours seem taller by placing a valance or cornice slightly above the usual position hiding the actual top of the window from view. Swags and tails will help provide a grand look.…

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Inexpensive Materials for Bathroom Repair

Inexpensive Materials for Bathroom Repair

If your bathroom repairs are limited, using inexpensive materials is a practical way to make your bathroom functional without reducing its style. These days when cheap goods are not equated with poor quality, the rooms in your home don’t need to be jammed with a display that doesn’t help your home. With some economical ideas, you can turn your old bathroom into a comfortable and fresh-looking place in your home.

A coat of paint is one of the cheapest items that is perfect for bathroom repair. This can update almost everything in your room, from old makeup walls to intricate old pine panels. You can also add a little taste by painting walls with bold or bright colors or by combining unexpected colors to add drama to a blank wall. Bright colors can be used as furniture or trim accents if using bold colors for walls is not possible.

Replacing your bathroom hardware is a good choice if you choose for quick updates or as a finishing touch for budgeted renovations. You can buy pulls and knobs for drawers and cabinets from your local home improvement store. Bath hardware and faucets are also available at lower prices and most are available at department stores and discount stores.

Another cheap idea for repairing your bathroom is to add light to the room. You can always use a lamp with a cheap glass lid and still create an elegant and fresh look to your bathroom. There are lighting fixtures that are designed to have covers that can be replaced, so you don’t need to buy a full set if you need to change the lighting effects for your bathroom.

However, if your tastes prefer things that are better but your budget can’t, you can keep an eye on items in auctions that are available online or at reused building materials stores. You can usually find everything you need to repair your bathroom with only half the price of items sold at most home improvement stores.…

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Building Materials – Where Should You Buy a Building Material Package For Your Home?

Building Materials - Where Should You Buy a Building Material Package For Your Home?

The materials package represents a third to a half of your over all home building budget. You’ll want to choose your sources wisely.

Question: Where should you buy home building materials?

Answer:

Home Owner Builders have several choices when it comes to selecting their home building materials for building a new home. Years ago, the first thing that came to mind was a local lumber yard but, these days, many think of a Home Depot or Lowe’s.

While these can be excellent choices, I’d like to point out few other choices that you should think about … not INSTEAD of these but along with them. After all, a lot of contractors and builders use Home Depot and Lowe’s as a major source of materials for their projects.

Where Should You Look for Your Building Materials?

Local lumber yards still exist. (Compare service and price!)

  • Panelizing companies for wood and steel walls
  • ICF and SIP manufacturers and distributors
  • Kit Home/Packaged Home companies
  • Subcontractor’s purchases – a big mark-up? Maybe …

How involved do you want to be as an Owner Builder? How much do you want to save? Can a builder get you a better deal?

HomeBuilding Coach & Materials Seller

Some Home Owner Builders get help from their Home Building Coach to purchase their own materials package. Thus, greatly limiting what their contractors purchase for them. This can be a real savings as they can often avoid some substantial mark-ups. This can take time. You should make sure that the savings is there before you take on this task.

Finally, if you are a DIY Owner Builder, I would recommend that you look into the package/kit homes. They can really streamline your materials purchase job, save time on construction, and even improve the quality of your home building project.

Insist on quality materials. It’s a better life-time value decision.…

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