Originally Posted by Loves mountains
Well said, Andy.
We just got our first quote back from a local builder - $193 sq. ft. - which is way more that we want to spend - hoping to keep it at $150 sq. ft. But to be honest - we did not give him a complete bill of materials - for example he quoted us an 20k fireplace with blowers and doors to distribute heat - we don't need that - and truly I want to see my fire - I don't want it hidden behind glass doors - so we are working to refine our materials - yeah I would love to use Lamarite shingles that look like slate and have a 30 yr warranty - but it's 42k - so I will find architectural shingles that will create a great look -for about $7200k. If what I'm hearing on the forum is correct - then I know there are builders out there who our project will appeal to - we're not building a million dollar home - just a cottage - but with quality features. Andy - is cost plus 15% reasonable or should we try for 12%? thanks
Far as glass doors and blowers go. I don't know around there but here the code is such that new construction has to have glass doors on any new fireplace. I'm guessing it's not the same down there but you might check on that. Mainly for insurance purposes!
I agree with you. I HATE glass doors.
There's lots of options when it comes to blowers if you want one down the line. One is a tubular log holder with a built in fan that simply blows the heat from the heated tubes into the room. There's a lot of choices if you really want that but to me...for the most part, a fireplace isn't to heat a room. Wood stoves are. But there's tons of choices for whatever you want. I hear they have these new contraptions too...little plastic boxes on the wall with a dial. All ya have to do is set it and it turns heat on any time of the day...LOL.
Twenty grand for a fireplace is even steep here in the north east unless they see ya comin'! That sounds about double what it should cost. Must be b/c of the glass doors and heater...lol.
And $193(three)?? LOLOL Where'd he get that from?? LOL. Too funny.
Its WAY too hard to ever know if you're going to be paying cost plus 12 or 15 or 17%. There's too many factors you'll never really see.
Thats one of the reasons I say to go as basic as possible. Do the things that will alow you to move in comfortably and get the rest done later. If you're willing to deal with things that way. It's not terribly difficult...butthat may not be for you. I can understand that.
Let them put your basic 20 year roof on and change it later...if you want. You could even go right over the new roof...as long as it's pretty new. I wouldn't wait more than a year or so to cover it. It's nice to have it perfectly flat!
I'm sure there's plenty of local craftsman that would absolutly love the work and would charge you alot more fairly than a big builder.
Its nice to try and give things out to the locals if you're willing to take things on that way. Thats really up to you and what you're comfortable doing.
Sure is nice to find one or two local crafts people you trust and can work with besides the big builder man.
As for me...I'm hoping once I'm there I'll get a little timber framing under my belt with a small saw mill and take on some small projects for people.
Mix some timber framing projects with conventional building. Make things affordable for people like you and me. Its really a shame that people have to pay an arm and a leg for real craftsmanship. Makes no sense to me. When it's ALL about the money then what have we all become?
Good luck and any questions I can help you with just ask and I'd be more than happy to try and help.
Have a great new year!