Today , I want to talk about where the real cost of your home is too often .
We get hung up on granite countertops or a very expensive flooring .
And we think that that's going to make a huge difference in our cost today .
I want to help you think a little differently .
The real cost of your home is right here between the outside and the inside of your home .
On the outside .
You have five different subcontractors typically who will help create the outside wall of your home .
The first one is your framer .
Of course , the second one is the exterior Facia installer .
It could be Stucco , it could be brick , it could be bat and board whatever you put on the outside .
That's another subcontractor .
By the way , if it's a , if it's a Stucco subcontractor , we're talking about a lot more steps typically than simple bat and board .
Anyway , framing exterior installer , then your interior insulator who's going to come in and insulate your home , then you're going to come in and have your , your , your gypsum board , your , your dry wall installed , then we're talking tape and texture on top of all that .
After that's all done , which again is another subcontractor .
Then we're talking about your primer and paint , another contractor all in total , roughly about five different subcontractors to stand in the same place and do something in this section of the home .
That's where the main cost of your home is with your concrete slab .
It's one contractor .
Maybe your excavator helped prep the land , but typically one contractor with your roof , your framer , of course , and then your roofer , two contractors , your real cost is right here .
And what a lot of owner builders don't realize is how to save on the exterior of their home .
They typically go 12 13 14 ft ceilings and go real high , not realizing that it's adding an enormous amount of cost .
I was just talking with a person who is looking to build their own home and they wanted to go 12 ft ceilings throughout the entire home .
And I had to explain to them how much that's going to cost .
Imagine going 12 ft up .
You now have to put a lot of scaffolding on the outside and that increases a huge cost .
You have to put a lot of scaffolding sometimes on the inside for your dry wall to get access to that .
It adds to the cost .
One way I've been able to save on this here is to look for new technologies .
In addition , designing the home a little differently .
I typically like to go to a 10 ft ceiling I don't like to go higher than that .
A lot of your sheeting comes in 10 ft lengths .
You don't have to cut that .
You don't have to tape and texture .
The extra two ft on a 12 ft sheeting on the exterior of the home .
I try to avoid gable ends .
I always try to go with a hipped end .
So if you have a gable end , imagine having to put scaffolding to go all the way to the top , especially if you're not putting a second story .
Why put a gable end when you can just cut that short with some hip ends and drop your entire exterior to one floor ?
The other thing is a lot of people use attic trusses , but they go for a full second story of a home rather than using attic trusses , it can bring that cost down again , your roofing is going to be cheaper than this entire wall .
So if you can use your roofing design to accommodate for more exterior rather than the wall , you can save on your home .
These are a lot of things that a lot of owner builders and a lot of even builders don't consider they just build things without considering this square footage rather than this square footage .
This is the linear square footage , the up and down horizontal square footage that really makes up the cost of a home .
How much you add to this is going to increase more ?
So than your square footage right here has something to think about .
The other thing to think about is new technologies .
I'm always on the lookout for new technologies that actually eliminate one of the subcontractors in the creation of this wall .
This is a technology I found looking to hopefully have it come out in my local market .
But imagine putting up a wall that's actually stronger than this two by six wall that has the installation ready to go .
At the same time , you're basically eliminating a subcontractor .
At the same time , your installation subcontractor , it's not needed .
It's all done right .
At the same time , here's an example of that frame that has the structure inside it .
It's actually stronger than a regular two by six frame because it actually accommodates for that .
If you're interested , just go ahead and message me and I will reply where I found this .
There's other block technology .
There's another c insulated concrete form technology .
A lot of technology is trying to move in the direction of eliminating one of those subcontractors .
That's where some of your savings is going to be .
You may have an increase in cost , but you're also saving on a total subcontractor .
So it kind of washes out on the savings side .
So you can look for new technologies .
Cabins are a good example of that putting up a simple log cabin here or a CNC cut log , putting that up there .
It's acting as the whole unit as itself .
It's not very a good insulator because we know that wood is not a good insulator , but you eliminate a huge number of costs .
All they wanted to do is just help you understand where the real cost of your home is .
It's not so much in the foundation , it's not so much in the roof .
It's really in the exterior of your home on the wall .
Find out how much square footage you can cut on that .
Not so much on this .
You'll think a little more differently in your design and you're actually going to save quite a bit of money .
I hope that helps .
This is Keith Kelch with how to build your own home .