There are millions of people every year who look into fixing up
their home or building a new home from the ground up. Whether you’re starting
out from scratch, or are working on a home you’ve lived in for quite some time,
a few universal tips can go a long way. This is especially true if you’re
looking at hiring contractors for larger scale construction projects. The
reason why you will want to do some preliminary thinking is because you will
have to live with the results, and more than just living with them, you’ll have
to pay for them. Even if you decide to do all the work on your own, you’ll have
to invest heavily in the cost of updating, remodeling, or even starting
construction projects. With that in mind, consider the following 3 things that
will help you get things rolling and keep them going until the end.
The first tip for anyone that wants to get construction moving is
simply shop around. Whether it’s supplies, or general contractors, make sure
that you spend some time looking around and comparing all available options and
resources. Do not simply go with the first option, as you might find out that
there are a lot of other choices that may be better for your particular needs.
The reason why you want to shop around is because it will give you a clearer
definition of cost and ideas.
Shopping around is great, but you really should remember to get
written estimates. Without an estimate, you will not be able to understand the
costs associated with any size construction project. Get estimates in writing
and make sure that you get a fully itemized list of labor and supplies. Use
that to make an educated decision on how you … Read the rest
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.
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.
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.
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.
Corners on the exterior walls, resulting from a given shape of the
structure, add dollars … Read the rest