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Old 07-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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looking for material cost comparison on building products

I know this is a broad subject, but I am trying to get an idea for building costs on exterior products. BRick, stone, log, wood siding. I'm thinking about building on a 6 acre wooded lot in Western Maryland. I am open to a log prefab home design. I'm not sure about the insulating value of log type construction without interior framing and drywall with insulation behind the drywall or wood paneling.

Can anyone suggest an online chart or software to give me an idea?

Part of the property has already been excavated for a structure including a driveway and buried electric service.

Any info is greatly appreciated


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Old 07-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #2
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To help with your research--head to the book store and look at the Craftsman series of pricing and estimating books---

Also RS Means series---

They are not great,but will give you approximate material costs--installation times--labor costs and other helpful info for someone doing research.


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Old 07-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #3
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you can also check out http://www.meanscostworks.com/ (RS Means Online) I'm not sure if they are still offering their free week or not, but you can check it out.

oh'mike is correct they are not great (and sometimes not that accurate) but it will give you a ball park. Of course ball parks come in different sizes from Fenway (Go Soxs) to Yankee Stadium.

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LOgs do not have great insulation value.
What they do good is Thermal mass dynamics.
Google it.
Log homes built properly are warm.
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