Have you given up on finding an existing home to buy, and want to build a home that is customized to your needs? If so, you'll likely want to know some tips that will help you save money when designing a home. Here are some reasons why it is worth building the home upwards in a colonial style rather than a ranch.
The foundation is what your home is built on, and it will be a fairly expensive part of the home-building process. As you can imagine, a ranch-style home is going to require a larger foundation, which adds to the total cost of construction. A colonial-style home has a smaller footprint, and a smaller foundation as a result, which results in cost savings that you'll see when the job is finished.
Having a colonial-style house is also going to help you save money on the roofing material. First of all, there are significantly fewer shingles. If you are keeping the same square footage by building upward, you're cutting those shingles in half. There are also all the other roofing materials that are not needed either, such as additional trusses, the roof deck, attic insulation, the labor to install it all, and things of that nature. A smaller roof can add up to a lot of savings when building a home that you may not have thought of since it goes beyond the square footage of roofing material.
Building upward can also leave room on your land to build an attached garage. This can give you some other cost savings benefits because the garage is not a stand-alone structure. It shares a wall with your home, the foundation continues next to the home to be put underneath the garage, and you can even put a living area over the garage as well. It leads to fewer construction materials being used because you are sharing them with the main home.
One of the problems with a ranch-style home is that everything is spread out. In order to get working plumbing from one side of the home to the other, you need to run a water pipe all the way across the basement or crawl space to reach that area. With a colonial-style home, you can create a plumbing stack where all your bathrooms are located. For example, placing the bathrooms on the second floor above the kitchen will only need one vertical stack of plumbing reaching both areas of the house. This can help save money on labor and materials.
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