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Posted 30 March 2010 - 07:55 AM
Posted 31 March 2010 - 11:50 AM
Building materials have dropped almost 50% but I'll bet your quotes havent noticed. Plumbing and electrical can be expensive and should be set up before you pour. Installation is your biggest problem labor wise. You get what you pay for and you pay double for "contractor services". I run a one man show myself an I have work coming out my ears because I have no overhead or employees and I don't bid. Just hourly and tool expense. For example, four walls and a papered roof should be up in a week max, by me and one buddy, weather withholding. Interior and siding is where you can spend money, you have to look at it ya know. Thats all I can give ya without a plan to look at.
Keep your money local, it will reinvest itself in your local neighborhood.
Posted 01 April 2010 - 08:42 AM
Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:22 AM
Posted 06 April 2010 - 12:37 PM
there are different admixtures that are used in different parts of the country for the mix.....
it is very important that understand that.you can not compare concrete from one side of the country to the other.
i wish i was closer,i'd do it for you........cheers,brian
Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:17 PM
Posted 28 June 2010 - 01:09 AM
I'm doing quite a bit right work on my place right now. Shop around, actually go and see their work, make sure they are licensed and bonded (other wise you have little recourse if they F up and dont have the money for you to re-coup in a lawsuit).
Replacement value in my area is about $350 a sqft, might be a good number for your project.
Posted 02 July 2010 - 07:25 AM
that said, we put up a 3 car, 30' x 36' garage about 6 years ago - we had the grading & concrete work done by the pros with full 1/2" rebar thruout - none of the wire mesh that so many use - as we have a very high clay content so lots of "movement" of the ground between summer & winter - so far no cracks. Concrete costs (in rural WI) came in just under $3000.
The truck was pretty cool - the materials were mixed right on site as it was needed - NO waste!
the rest of the structure we did ourselves (myself & the other half) we did get a few friends to help put up the trusses, but otherwise it was just us. the whole thing was up and enclosed in about 3 weeks working evenings and weekends - materials cost us around another $3000 +/- (it was 6 yrs ago after all) Getting all the siding up was a little longer, but again, we did it ourselves on weekends and such
Tools to make the job easier - maybe another $3-400. we are talking about air powered framing nailer and roofing nailer, battery powered drill/driver and a few other odds & ends.
Still need to finish the electrical work (have to hire an electrician for some of that by law) but it isnt that far away from being done - if only we had the money for that electrician!
total costs for the whole project to date - about $6500. having 1080sq ft of space for cars, bikes, tools and whatever else - priceless!
Posted 02 July 2010 - 07:47 AM
truss companies will sell you trusses, contact them with your needs and buy direct from them. setting trusses will require help or crane rental if they're large.
if you minimize your truss loading you'll be underdesigned for any storage, some places will space the trusses to reduce costs, but this also reduces capacity and safety.
drywall and ceiling is rather easy to do yourself and could save some cash if you wanted to do some sweat on it.
good luck, sounds like fun!
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