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Old 07-01-2007, 07:47 PM   #1
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We are starting the design process for a 3000 sq foot home on a fall away lot. We are thinking of a 1000 sq ft footprint below grade for a walk out basement then two additional stories. Any tips for designs to save on construction costs would be welcomed. We are assuming a basic box or rectangle shape. Rooflines? Upper story in roofline with dormers?

We are also looking into panelized framing packages to save on labor costs. Where we live the cost of building is high at $300 per square foot.

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Do you want to design and draw your own plans or Are you looking to purchase already drawn plans?

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It sounds like the poster is looking for ideas and suggestions, primarily cost saving (Cost effective) alternatives to common building materials and standard building techniques.
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Research! A good book is "Building an Affordable House" available at bookstores....full of ideas on value engineering and saving money starting with the design process.

The less cut up a floor plan is, the less it will cost....the more basic of a roof line will save big bucks...there are ways to build that are architecturally pleasing without being a "break the bank" proposition.

The more you understand about the design process, the more you will know as you get into the actual planning, and remember, a 3 story home will not be a DIY design and build deal...you will need a pro doing the actual drafting.
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Seems that design as expressed already a tuff one for someone w no experience. Live-in basement w two more floors?

panelized construction for res only a bargain for co selling their product.

Dormers expensive for space provided & difficult to build for newbie.
Try saltbox style roof instead...

It occurs to me that if comps are going in at $300sqft, perhaps you might consider your premier entry into building some other location?
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Thanks for the replies. The plans will be done through the company that sells the panelized packages. I do not suppose they will suggest the most cost effective designs as they are in the business to make money. We built a house as the the general contractors 10 years ago. Material cost has gone through the roof since then. This is not a full on DIY project as we will hire trades for most areas of construction.

As joasis points out, we are looking for a pleasing house design without breaking the bank. The comparable homes @ $300 sq.foot are usually post and beam. We live in a ski resort. It seems these days there are engineered trusses and faux beams which can give you a similar feeling.

It is a tall order however our budget is restricted.
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Have you considered other options? ICF homes are simple, effective, energy efficient, and affordable. The direction I would take if advising you would be to find a conventional plan you like, then have it redrawn for the system you are using.....I have never seen the value in reality of the kit home market.
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If you are talking about cost effective design, there is a major item to be considered that can be more important than the initial cost.

At some time you will be selling the house according to all statistics.

The home must the saleable and attractive to the market. Sure, you might come up with a unique creation that someone will eventually want, but you should address the real market in the next few years ahead if you are starting out.

Non-traditional methods will not fare too well as compared with traditional (brick, block, wood with granite countertops) when it comes to addressing the major near term buyers.

ICFs above grade are coming on strong since once you are in one, you won't want anything else. Now if someone would build them with a precast floor between the basement and first floor (free span with no columns), they would really have something. ICFs can still look traditional.
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The litedeck for ICFs make that happen...roof too.

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