Return to the Building a Home Forum | Post a Follow-Up

How can we reduce the cost? See plans!

Posted by michellelisa (My Page) on
Tue, Aug 1, 06 at 0:12

My husband and I worked with our builder and designer he recommended to custom design a home that would supposedly work within our budget. We received the numbers on Saturday, and they are 20% over what we had planned/requested.

We are hoping for your advice on how to cut costs on structural things like roofing/roof lines, framing/carpentry, foundation, etc. Please take a look at these plans and send your advice our way.

Our builder has provided all the bids and allowances as well as his markup (which is apparently 7.9%), and told us to look into ways we feel we can reduce the price. We are working to reduce the 'obvious' things like flooring, windows, exterior materials, appliances, fixtures, etc.

A few numbers for reference:
Lumber is 18.7% of the building cost.
Foundation & flatwork is 7.7%.
Rough carpentry is 5.4%.
Roofing 2.5%.

Image link: How can we reduce the cost? See plans! (22 k)

Here is a link that might be useful: Flickr site has the rest of the pictures

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: How can we reduce the cost? See plans!

Cost vary by region. Where are you building?
The image is difficult to read. How big is the house you are trying to build? What is your budget?

 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Building a Home Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here