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Enter the square footage of the living area on the main floor. The living area does not include areas such as garages, porches or decks.
Enter the main floor ceiling height. This is the distance in feet from the floor to the ceiling. The standard ceiling height is 8 feet, but they are often upgraded to 9' or 10'.
Will this be a slab on grade home? If you select "No" the program will calculate your home assuming it will have a crawl space or a basement. Slab on grade will calculate your main floor as concrete.
This is the total area of all the porches on your home which will not have usable area underneath it. Porches are covered exterior areas which have a concrete floor. Deck area will be entered later.
This is the total area of all the porches on your home which will have usable area underneath it. Often times the area underneath will be used for cold storage.
Enter the total area of deck on your home which will not be covered.
Enter the total area of deck on your home which will be covered.
The slope determines how steep your roof will be. It is defined as the number of units vertical your roof rises compared to 12 units horizontal. Roof slopes can vary significantly. Typically they are in the range of 4:12 to 12:12. A common roof pitch would be around 6:12.
In many areas it is common to have a basement. A basement is living area which is below the main floor and typically below grade.
If your lot slopes from front to back you can have a walk out basement. A walkout basement is where the basement floor is the same height as the backyard ground level.
This is the total area in your basement which you intend to finish at the time you build.
This is the area in your basement that will remain unfinished. Often people will not finish there basement at the time they build in order to keep the cost down, then they can finish at a later time.
This is the height of your ceiling in your basement. Typically they are 8', but are often upgraded to 9' or 10'.
Will Your home have an attached garage. For Detached garages use the garage calculator
A typical two car garage is between 500 to 700 square feet. A typical three car garage is between 800 to 1200 square feet.
Typically your garage ceiling height for a home with a basement or a crawl space will be 1' taller than the main floor ceiling height. If you will have a slab on grade home the ceiling height is usually the same as the main floor.
Enter the number of garage doors (large doors for car) your garage will have. Include lower garage doors for suspended garage.
Sometimes the area under the garage is used for living area or just a shop/garage area. If this is the case then the garage floor will have to be what is considered a suspended floor. The garage floor is constructed of reinforced concrete which is able to support the weight of the cars to be stored in the upper garage. Typically a standard garage is not suspended.
Sometimes homes have living area which is built into the roof of the home. This usually called a loft.
Enter the Area of the loft in Square Feet
This is the height from the floor to the highest point on the loft ceiling.
This is a floor which is directly over the main floor. If the area is built into the roof enter the space as a loft above.
Enter the Area of the second floor in Square Feet
Height from floor to Ceiling
Third floors are not common. If the area is built into the roof enter the space as a loft above.
Area of third floor in Square Feet.
A full Kitchen typically has a sink, dishwasher, fridge and an oven with a cook top.
Select the size category that best corresponds to the kitchen you will have.
This allows you to select the type of counter tops you will have. Formica is the most cost effective, it is a laminate counter top. Tile counter tops are similar to a tile floor. This has the benefit of many choices and designs. Corian is a cultured marble type counter top. Granite counter tops are made from natural slabs of granite which are cut and used as a counter top. These are typically the most expensive counter tops.
Kitchenettes are small kitchens which consist of a fridge, sink and usually an oven. Often times they will be located in a basement or a loft area to give better access to a kitchen or to provide for a small basement apartment.
Custom bathrooms have a large tub and a separate shower, they also have double vanity sinks. Often times the master bathroom will fit in this category.
Often times there will be a separate shower in a custom bathroom. The smallest shower would be 9 square feet. Most showers are in the range of 16 to 20 square feet, but could be as large as you would like it to be.
A full bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink and toilet.
A 3/4 bathroom will have a shower a sink and toilet.
A 1/2 bath will just have a sink and a toilet. A 1/2 bath is often used in areas away from bedrooms, such as a main floor without bedrooms or maybe in a mudroom area.
This is the type of siding that will be used on the majority of the exterior of your home.
Often times a secondary type of siding will be used on a home such as half brick or only brick on one side.
This is how you chose how much of the home will be covered in the secondary siding type. If you used the secondary siding on just the front you would want to enter around 30% to 40%. If You plan to just do 3 foot high brick in the front you would want to put in approximately 15%.
Most homes are connected to a public sewer system and will not need a septic system. If a connection is not available you will need a Septic System.
Propane Tanks are used for fuel storage where it will be used. Some times there is piped in natural gas available or you may chose to use electric heat, if this is the case you will not need propane tanks. (1000 Gallon per tank)
Gas fire places are used for looks and heat, they can be built into a wall or they can be free standing.
This is similar to a gas fire place as described above, except it is not vented to the exterior of your home. Un-vented fire places are more efficient than vented ones but they do have some disadvantages. They put moisture into the air, this may or may not be a disadvantage. They use oxygen from the air in your home and can put out an odor from the gas. Most people prefer the vented fire places.
This refers to fireplaces constructed out of brick and masonry. These types of fire places have a chimney and are able to burn wood. They can be fitted with a gas log system.
This refers to a stove which sits in the room and is equipped to burn wood. This will require a chimney and is typically more expensive than a gas fire place.
Sometimes fire suppression systems are required inside a home. This is a system of sprinklers piped throughout the home and set to automatically go off in a fire. This is not a common requirement but can amount to significant cost if it is required.
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