Budget Clarification and Trimming. Met with Architect Vincent and his Architectural Technologist, Dan, today. We looked at the numbers again and realized that we weren’t exactly comparing apples to apples on Sunday. My calculations were a little off, so here’s how the numbers really break down to dollars per square foot:
Angie’s 18′ x 20′ = 900 sq ft @ total cost of $125,000 = $139 per sq ft
Ours (Vincent’s budget) 24′ x 28′ = 1,344 sq ft @ total cost of $198,950 = $148 per sq ft
Ours (Nick’s budget) 24′ x 28′ = 1,344 sq ft @ total cost of $280,000 = $208 per sq ft
Ok, still a big difference in dollars per square foot, and from what we learned today, it’s because we have features designed into our house that come at a price, driving up the dollar per square foot cost. So today`s meeting centered on strategies to remove or modify features so they cost less. Here’s what we came up with and Vincent will share these with Builder Nick for re-pricing.
1. Change the roof from a 2/12 pitch to a 4/12 and go with a regular 8 foot flat ceiling on the upper level. This will allow for the use of trusses, save some on materials, eliminate the two upper most windows and the sun-shelves and cancel the storage cubbies above the closets .
2. Change the attached exterior storage shed, which needed a foundation to incorporate it into the main building. Instead, have a free-standing shed built by Home Hardware and clad in the same materials as the house. This, alone, should bring the price down by about $5,000.
3. Eliminate the window at the bottom of the stairs and exchange the two long windows half way up the stairs for one.
4. Adjust window and wood accent areas on the exterior to reduce the number of cuts to the metal panels. This will reduce the labour costs. While we’re at it, eliminate the parapets on the east and west sides to reduce the amount of materials required.
5. Find our own carpenter/cabinet-maker to build the built-ins and the screen porch.
6. Go with double glazed instead of triple glazed windows and, I’ll have to give in on this one… go with white windows frames instead of colour. These two changes should save about $4,000. Vincent will run the comparison between double and triple glazed with Efficiency Nova Scotia, but based on his experience, the difference between the two for our climate, will be negligible.
7. Michael and I will clear-coat all the interior wood and do the inside painting.
8. Change the kitchen built-ins beside the refrigerator to sliding doors and do the same for the master closet.
We have full confidence in Nick’s ability to build our home, so our fingers are crossed that these changes will bring the budget down to where we need it to be.