How to Save on Building Costs

wpEveryone aspiring to build a home is aware that a dream like that can be very costly. The construction of a home is not an easy task, and neither is it easy on the budget. That doesn’t mean however, that you should give up on your dream home. You only need to figure out ways to save without compromising your prospects.

Here are some guidelines to follow to save on building costs:
  • Keep costs in perspective; $10 a thousand more for brick you like better translates into only $100 more when 10,000 bricks (a typical amount) are involved.
  • The average house contains approximately 1,500 to 2,000 square feet; do you need more? Why? How much more?
  • Take care that glitz and gadgets do not overwhelm good basic construction– don’t trade them for lesser construction. Bouncy floors (where joists are stretched to the maximum) are not remedied by a hot tub, flocked wall covering, skylights, or jazzy door hardware.
  • You pay for each and every square foot of space in your house, be it occupied, usable, or otherwise. If the cost is $50, $85, or $110 per square foot, “extra”, unused, vacant and unnecessary area is provided at the very same cost.

SOURCE: Build the House You Want (and Can Afford)

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