Most people know that the square footage of a house will affect the cost of construction, but many people don’t realize that how a house is designed and laid out will also affect the bottom line. And since many of us are unaware of what design choices we can make to reduce our construction costs, I’ve compiled a list 20 money saving design and layout ideas.
The easiest way to save money DURING construction is to figure out how to reduce costs BEFORE construction even begins—during the design and planning phases. The cost to build two houses with the same square footage can vary greatly depending on how the houses are designed and constructed. Great savings can be hidden in small details, and a few dollars saved here and there can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of construction.
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One of the most important decisions that will made about the construction of your home is what type of framing it will have. And granted, it’s not one of the most exciting decisions, but it is one of the most IMPORTANT ones. How your home is framed will significantly impact your wallet, both during and after construction. The framing impacts the energy efficiency and comfort of your home and it has some impact on the environment, depending to how much material is used and wasted during construction.
My goal, of course, is not to make us experts, not to train us to go to the job site with a hammer in hand and act as framing carpenters (that’s what the framing crew is for). My goal is to give you a good overview and foundation of knowledge that will help you intelligently converse with contractors about your construction options, in this case the option of advanced framing.
You know, I think it's such a shame that most people think more about the options on a car they are thinking about buying, or a vacation they are planning on taking than they do about the options for their new house, the biggest investments they will probably ever make. So, kudos to you for educating yourself.
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Today’s episode covers some different design features and construction practices that are suited for either a cold or a hot climate. My goal is for us to get a general background about the differences in building a home in these different climates. We don’t have to know every detail about regional climate design, but I want us to learn enough to make educated decisions about our construction choices. Plus learn enough so we can ask about some cutting edge and common sense options that maybe our contractors might not typically offer.
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As we plan to build our homes, I thought it would be a good idea to scour several blogs and forums to get advice from those who have built before. I specifically wanted to find out what mistakes people had made in building their homes—what they would do differently if they were to build again. So I’ve compiled an extensive list which details the things that homeowners would do and DID DO differently when building their second, third and even fourth houses.
Let’s learn from the experiences of others, so we don’t make similar mistakes. Now, some of what others consider “misses” won’t matter to you in the least. Some features you’ll hear about today should not be included in YOUR house plans because they won’t enhance the way you live. And many of the suggestions are pretty luxurious in nature, so they may not fit everyone’s budget or style. Take suggestions that resonate most with you and the vision you have for your home. But listen with your current AND future lifestyle in mind. Think about how you CURRENTLY live in your home AND how you might live in 5, 10 or even 20 years.
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In today’s episode we’ll go over the sequence and timeline of the major steps of building a home, so you get some idea of what to expect from the overall construction process. This is a general overview and we’ll go into more detail of the major phases of construction in future episodes. But today’s show is a broad outline of building a house.
It’s important to have an understanding of the overall project early in the planning phase, because when you know what to expect, you will know what to plan for. And, like I’ve said this before, knowing what to expect takes away the fear to the unknown and decreasing the fear to the unknown, decreases the stress associated with any process, including building a house. So you are super smart, to educate yourself and prepare BEFORE construction, so that building your home will be more enjoyable.
We have the conclusion of an interview with Ron Hughes, owner and president of HERS, inc., a home energy rating company. He warns us about installing an oversized HVAC system and tells us more about making our homes more energy efficient and more comfortable.
Today we have the first part of an interview with Ron Hughes of HERS, inc. He’ll tell us how companies like his can help us design and build more energy efficient homes.
Today we’ll explore some concepts of green building and sustainable building with Ben Adam-Smith, host of the podcast, House Planning Help— one of my favorites. We’ll talk about what basic things we should consider if we want to build green.
Having a general idea about permits and inspections decreases some of the stress associated with building a new home. Whenever you educate yourself about the homebuilding process, you take away some of the mystery, some of fear of the unknown and THAT decreases stress. This week’s mini lesson is about permits and inspections, which are definitely not the most exciting parts of the design build process, but they are extremely important. Learn what to expect.
Do you know what things you should consider when choosing your home site? After deciding to BUILD instead of BUY a new home, many people are so focused on the house design and that they give little thought to the LAND on which they will place their future home. But what lot you choose is a major factor in determining how much it will cost you to build AND maintain your home and how much you will ultimately enjoy it.
Today’s episode is for those of you who want to build your house YOURSELF, but not ALL BY YOURSELF. Yes, you could hire a general contractor to build your home, but there are other ways to get help with the building process WITHOUT hiring a builder to manage the entire project.
Today’s episode is a combination of product overviews, mini lessons, and interviews. You’ll hear a couple of clips that I recorded at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Marvin windows and doors tells us about what’s new and trending and we’ll learn about some things that we can do to make our homes stronger from the folks at Simpson Strong tie.
We start the show off with advice that Tom Silva of This Old House has for those of us planning to build our own homes.
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We’ll go over 10 home trends that I saw at the 2016 International Builders Show in Las Vegas.
1. Multigenerational Home Design
2. Flexible and Multipurpose Rooms
3. Indoor Outdoor Living
4. Aging in Place Features
5. Energy Efficiency and Green Building
6. Brass is Back!
7. Practical Luxury
8. Optional Formal Living and Dining Rooms
9. Mix and Match, not Matchy Matchy
10. Laundry Rooms Near Bedrooms
Today you’ll hear the second and final part of an interview with structural engineer Phillip Lewis. We’ll learn more about structural engineers and we’ll talk about some things we can do make our homes more structurally sound.
Today we have the first part of an interview that I had with structural engineer Phillip Lewis. We’ll learn more about what a structural engineer does and who might need one.
We talk about one of the main ways you can save money when building your dream home… by being your own general contractor or builder. But CAN you build your own home, are you allowed and SHOULD you? Some pros and cons of being your own builder are outlined. We’ll also discuss some things that owner builders can do to increase their chances of success.
This is the “About Us” and “What’s in for you” episode. The introduction. The first day of school— where you will be told what to expect throughout the year. You’ll find out who should listen to this podcast and why.
In short, know that you will learn about residential construction so you can save money, become an educated consumer and build your dream house, with or without a general contractor. If you put in the time, effort, preparation and research BEFORE you break ground, building your home will be much easier and more enjoyable.
Episodes might include:
-Pro terms— where complex construction jargon is defined and simplified.
-Mini lessons— about home design and building.
-Product reviews— covering tried and true and cutting edge building materials.
-Interviews— with owner builders and industry experts.