Saving Money Building Your House (cont., pg 2)

 

Money Saving Tips For Building Your House


Design

The two most significant money saving options you have by way of house design is to build a two-story house and put it on a concrete slab foundation.

These may not be options for you.  But if they are, the savings can be significant. 

 

My experience has been that the construction cost of a two-story, slab foundation house, can be 10-15% less than a one-story, crawlspace foundation house of comparable square footage.


For most houses, that means tens of thousands of dollars.

 

Corners and offsets in exterior walls add cost, as do chimneys ─ brick ones in particular.

Home with side entry garage

 

A side-entry garage improves appearance, but adds cost in concrete and labor.









Gables and dormers in the roof
design look good.  home design with dormersThey add
drama to the house ─ and your
budget.

There are no right or wrong answers in the lower cost versus enhanced appearance debate.

It’s just a value judgment you’ll have to make.

 

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