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Main floor General Basement Garage Upper Floors Kitchens Bathrooms Finishes Other Site index Summary

Main Floor information

Main Floor Living Area:

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.

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Main floor ceiling height:

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'.

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Slab on grade:

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.

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Covered porch area:

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.

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Covered Porch w/ Cold Storage Under:

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.

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General Information

Uncovered Deck Area:

Enter the total area of deck on your home which will not be covered.

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Covered Deck Area:

Enter the total area of deck on your home which will be covered.

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What is Your Roof Slope:

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.

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What Structure Class Does Your Home Fit:

Basement

Will Your Home Have a Basement:

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.

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Walk out Basement:

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.

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Finished Area in Basement:

This is the total area in your basement which you intend to finish at the time you build.

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Unfinished Area in Basement:

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.

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Basement Ceiling Height:

This is the height of your ceiling in your basement. Typically they are 8', but are often upgraded to 9' or 10'.

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Garage

Will Your Home Have a Garage:

Will Your home have an attached garage. For Detached garages use the garage calculator

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What is the Square Footage of the Garage:

A typical two car garage is between 500 to 700 square feet. A typical three car garage is between 800 to 1200 square feet.

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Garage Ceiling Height:

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.

How many garage doors will your garage have:

Enter the number of garage doors (large doors for car) your garage will have. Include lower garage doors for suspended garage.

Will the garage have a suspended floor:

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.

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Upper Floors

Will your home have loft living area:

Sometimes homes have living area which is built into the roof of the home. This usually called a loft.

What is the living area of the loft:

Enter the Area of the loft in Square Feet

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What is the ceiling height of the loft:

This is the height from the floor to the highest point on the loft ceiling.

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Will your home have a second floor:

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.

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What is the living area of the second floor:

Enter the Area of the second floor in Square Feet

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What is the ceiling height of the second floor:

Height from floor to Ceiling

Will your home have a third floor:

Third floors are not common. If the area is built into the roof enter the space as a loft above.

What is the living area of the third floor:

Area of third floor in Square Feet.

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What is the ceiling height of the third floor:

Height from floor to Ceiling

Kitchens

Enter number of Full Kitchens:

A full Kitchen typically has a sink, dishwasher, fridge and an oven with a cook top.

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Size of Kitchen:

Select the size category that best corresponds to the kitchen you will have.

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Select your Cabinet Grade:

  • Grade 1: is a basic grade kitchen. Cabinets would typically be constructed of alder or similar material. The cabinets would be standard heights and widths.
  • Grade 2: is similar to Grade 1, but would have a few more details such as extra trim.
  • Grade 3: would be constructed of better materials, such as oak or similar woods and would have more details than Grade 2.
  • Grade 4: would be made out of similar materials to grade 3, but would have extras such as crown molding.
  • Grade 5: is the highest end cabinets, constructed of some of the best woods with many details including variations in depth and height.
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Choose counter top type:

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.

Number of Kitchenettes:

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.

Bathrooms

How many Custom Bathrooms in your home:

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.

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Enter size of shower for custom bathroom:

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.

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How many full bathrooms in your home:

A full bathroom will have a tub/shower, sink and toilet.

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How many 3/4 bathrooms in your home:

A 3/4 bathroom will have a shower a sink and toilet.

How many 1/2 bathrooms in your home:

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.

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Select your Bathroom Grade:

  • Grade 1: would be the lowest grade, typically fiberglass tubs and showers with lower end fixtures.
  • Grade 2: is a step up from grade 1 with higher end fiberglass tubs and showers and medium grade fixtures.
  • Grade 3: is more of the medium grade. This includes a cast iron tub and a tile or cultured marble finish for the tub surround.
  • Grade 4: would be similar to grade 3, but the tub surround would be of a higher grade as would the fixtures.
  • Grade 5: would be the highest grade, typically natural tile or similar finishes for showers and around tubs with the highest grade fixtures.
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Finishes

Chose the main siding type:

This is the type of siding that will be used on the majority of the exterior of your home.

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Chose secondary siding type:

Often times a secondary type of siding will be used on a home such as half brick or only brick on one side.

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Enter the % of second siding:

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%.

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Select the grade Level for your Interior trim:

  • Grade 1: is the lowest level. This will include the most basic trim; baseboard and door trim. All trim will be painted.
  • Grade 2: is similar to grade 1, but will include chair molding in approximately 25% of the house. All trim will be painted.
  • Grade 3: is a step up from grade 2 and will include crown molding in 25% of the house; all windows will be trimmed. All trim will be painted.
  • Grade 4: is a step up from grade 3. This will include crown molding in approximately half of the house and chair molding throughout the home. Some of the trim may be stain grade, most will be painted.
  • Grade 5: is the highest grade. This will include crown molding and chair molding throughout the home. All of the trim will be stain grade.

Chose flooring grade:

  • Grade 1: is the lowest level. This will include the most basic carpet with linoleum flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms.
  • Grade 2: is similar to grade 1, but it will also include a small amount of tile in an area such as an entry.
  • Grade 3: includes medium grade carpet with tile in the bathrooms and tile or laminate wood flooring in the kitchen area.
  • Grade 4: includes upgraded carpet in bedroom areas, with tile and wood flooring throughout the rest of the home.
  • Grade 5: is similar to grade 4, but all of the flooring material is upgraded.

Other

Will your home need a septic System:

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.

Enter number of propane tanks you need:

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)

Number of Gas Fire Places:

Gas fire places are used for looks and heat, they can be built into a wall or they can be free standing.

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Number of Un-vented Gas Fire Places:

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.

Number of Brick Wood 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.

Number of Wood Burning Stoves:

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.

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Home Fire Suppression System:

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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Location Information

Enter your nearest city below so we can adjust the cost to where you would like to build. Then click on Calculate below to get your cost summary.

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Summary

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Material

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Total

Site Work
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$ 0.00
Sewer, Water Gas
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Septic System
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Propane Tanks
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Building Concrete
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Outside Concrete
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Rough Carpentry
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Cabinets
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Finish Carpentry
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Interior Doors
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Exterior Doors
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Insulation
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Exterior Siding
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Roofing
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Hardware
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Windows
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Drywall
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Painting
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Floor Covering
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Plumbing
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Tubs, Showers
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Bath Acces. & Mirrors
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Appliances
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
HVAC System
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Fireplace
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Electrical
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Light Fixtures
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
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Fire Protection
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$ 0.00
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Subtotal Direct Building Costs
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$ 0.00
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Final Cleanup
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Building Permit
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Utility Connection Fees (Sewer, Water Gas)
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Construction Plans & Specs
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Subtotal Indirect Building Costs
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Contractor Overhead & Profit
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$ 0.00
$ 0.00
Material
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Total Costs
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