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31st Mar, 2008
Articles, Blog

Sunday, March 30, 2008

House Plan of the Week & Cost to Build with Cost to Finish the Basement!

Note: This week, because so many people want to know the cost of a finishing a basement, I am including that as an option. You will be amazed at how much the price per sq. ft. of the entire house drops when you add the basement area!

Remember that in order for a basement to be considered “habitable space”, it must have two (2) means of ingress & egress. This can be accomplished with doors, as in a “walk-out” (which requires a sloping lot), or with large windows, or with a “emergency basement door”. (See below)

Now, on with today's House: Rustic meets modern in compact Adkins The covered porch and shutters give the compact Adkins the look of a traditional farm-style home, but the interior is entirely up to date. Kitchen, dining room and living room flow together, creating a feeling of openness, with nine-foot ceilings adding to the sense of volume.


Associated Designs, Inc. Plan #30-197


Country Home Plans - Shutters, multipaned windows, and a full front porch create a warm welcome to this country home plan. The living room featuring a fireplace, flows into the dining room then to an open kitchen. A front-facing den, open to the entry, could be used as home office.

Total Living Area: 1604 square feet
1st Floor: 838 square feet
2nd Floor: 766 square feet
Bonus: 353 square feet
Garage: 520 square feet
Plan Width: 50' 2" Plan Depth: 35' 0"
Floors: 2
Garage: 2 car
Bedrooms: 3
Baths: 2
Half Baths: 1

To estimate cost, I'll use my resource #5 , “Building Costs by City & State”, on "Getting Started" on, using “average" quality and an unfinished basement foundation.

Using this "shape" on the "cost to build" calculator for the Pasco & Walla Walla, WA area, I came up with $178,420 for an owner/builder. That’s an approximate cost of $91.17 per sq. ft. (Total sq.ft. = 1604 sq. ft. + 353 sq. ft. finished Bonus Room = 1,957 Total sq. ft. of living area.)

As always, I determined this amount by deducting the General Contractor’s Markup, equipment rental, and allowed only $2,000 for insurance.

Breakdown of Building Costs For This House (Unfinished Basement). PDF
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The cost to finish the basement is approximately $8,518, giving a total cost (for an owner/builder) of $186,938. That’s an approximate cost of $66.88 per sq. ft.! (Total Sq.ft. = 1604 sq. ft. + 353 sq. ft. finished Bonus Room + 838 sq. ft.finished Basement = 2,795 Total sq. ft. of living area.)

If the basement is on flat land, you will need an “Emergency Basement Door”

Here is an example from Bilco:
Basement Door - Ultra Series from Bilco: Satisfies IRC 2006 Building code requirements for emergency egress in finished basement areas.

You should keep in mind that the cost to build for this example, or any house plan, can vary considerably depending quality of materials selected, and on actual bids for labor and material. Again, the estimate for this house is an approximate one based on “average” quality materials. Until you actually start getting bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), it will remain approximate.

If you have a particular home plan and/or city you would like to see on this feature, let me know. Spring is "HERE".Plan now!


31st Mar, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans
Garage 20-039

RV Garage w/Rec Room 20-039

This traditional garage plan can house up to 8 cars. The larger, RV garage door is 12' wide and 14' tall. The smaller garage door is 16' wide and 10' tall. On the left side of the garage is a recreation room with a full bathroom and closet space. The second floor is a vaulted closet.

28th Mar, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

10-526 Heartcrest10-140 Pendleton10-428 Aberdeen10-526 Heartcrest10-140 Pendleton10-428 Aberdeen

Our hexagon house plans are among our most popular! Most have a hexagon center featuring a large greatroom with wings off the sides with vast expansions of windows. These are perfect view lot designs! Whether your tastes are for a Mediterranean, Craftsman, Contemporary, etc., we currently have over 25 different plans in this design style. To see all of our hexagon house plans click here.

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25th Mar, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans
Garage Plan 20-035

2 Car Garage Plan w/Studio 20-035

This traditional garage can house two cars. Both of the garage doors are 9' wide and 8' tall. On the right side of the garage is a studio with a full bathroom and walk-in closet.

21st Mar, 2008
Articles, Blog

By Kathy J Thomas

The lot you own isn't just a piece of dirt on the outskirts of your hometown. It will be identified in a number of different ways depending on who wants to know. But, before you can apply for a building permit you must know how your local government identifies it. If it is a bare piece of land, (outside of a developed subdivision) it most likely will not have a situs address yet.

The identity used most by government agencies is an identifying number referred to as the Tax ID Number or the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN). You will find the APN on your deed or on your tax bill from the local Tax Collector. It is a fairly long number and my look something like this: 123-456-789. The first set of numbers is the "book" number. The second set of numbers is the "page" number, and the last set is the "parcel" number. (There may be some additional number tagged onto the end and these are used by the tax collector). FYI: These numbers correspond to the exact location in the local Recorder's office where the original map is on file showing your property when the parcel was created.

You will give this number to the building permit technician when you call or visit the building department. The questions that must be asked (not necessarily in this order) before you start your construction project are:

1. What is my property zoned? The answer to this question will tell you if you can build a single family dwelling on the property.

2. Is my property in a 100-year flood-zone? The answer to this question will determine if you must meet the local floodplain requirements. Information on flood-zones can be found

3. What are the setback requirements?

4. Are there any street/road improvements required?

5. Do I need a septic system or domestic well, or are there public utilities available?

6. Are there any known soil conditions on or near my property that I should be aware of?

7. What is the seismic zone and wind-speed where my property located?

8. What climate zone is my property located?

9. Can you give me an estimate of the total fees that are due before I will be issued a building permit?

10. Are there any local amendments to the State Building Code that will affect my project? Be sure to get copies of these amendments. If the jurisdiction has not filed the amendments with the California State Building Standards Commission, they are not enforceable. But depending on what they are, this might not be worth fighting against.

Kathy Thomas resides in California and is a professional note broker and a retired building official.  She operates, a blog all about buying, selling and owning privately held mortgage notes.  Check out her website and her blog for great information on this industry.  Kathy also offers a free membership to her newsletter offering information, tips  and ideas...all for FREE.

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19th Mar, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Cumberland Front Elevation Cumberland Rear Elevation

Cumberland 30-606

Built by Regal Custom Homes in the Mountain Gate subdivision in Springfield Oregon.

This home has a set back two car garage which give the house a presence without looking looking at a garage. The floor plan is made up of two good size bedrooms with a full bath, large master suite with a wonderful master bath and closet area. The great room area has a very nice kitchen with large eating bar, dining area and nice size family room. This home has a finished entertainment area above the garage.

Regal Custom Homes
"As long time home builder in the Eugene, Springfield and surrounding Lane County area the success and our customer satisfaction of our company is the result of high quality and integrity, as well as the ability to apply personal attention and exquisite detail to your custom built home. No matter the size or price range of your home the goal is still the same; to provide a home that will last a life time and one which will be a very sound investment for your future." - Regal Custom Homes

KitchenKitchen 2

18th Mar, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Keystone 30597 front elevation

Keystone 30-597

Built by Regal Custom Homes in Springfield Oregon this house was featured in the 2007 Tour of Homes. Sidelights, gracefully arched transom frame door into wide, bright foyer greet you to this craftsman house plan. Huge vaulted great room at core, open to kitchen, nook, dining area. Lower level family room, bedrooms, utility room, covered patio and garage.

Regal Custom Homes Website

"As a long time home builder in the Eugene, Springfield and surrounding Lane County area the success and our customer satisfaction of our company is the result of high quality and integrity, as well as the ability to apply personal attention and exquisite detail to your custom built home. No matter the size or price range of your home the goal is still the same; to provide a home that will last a life time and one which will be a very sound investment for your future." - Regal Custom Homes

Nook/Dining RoomKitchenFamily RoomGreat Room Basement StorageEntryOwners’ Suite Bath

17th Mar, 2008
Blog, Home Plan Series

30-284 Danville30-485 Branell30-329 Arden

When you hear the words cottage house, many images come to mind. From quaint cozy homes tucked along rolling country side, a vacation bungalow along the shore, or larger home packed with old world charm. The Cottage house plan is versatile in many settings. We invite you to take a look at the Cottage house plans Associated Designs has to offer.

14th Mar, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Charlottesville Exterior

Charlottesville 30-650

  • Families that love to entertain will find much to appreciate in this elegant European-style home
  • The family room is completely open to the dining room and generously sized kitchen
  • Owners' suite luxuries include a two-section closet, walk-in shower and two-sided fireplace
27th Feb, 2008
Announcements, Blog

We are excited to announce our new partnership with and IB Panels! SIP or Structural Insulated Panel construction is becoming more and more popular. We have the ability now to refer your purchased home plans for SIP details and additional resource information. To inquire about SIP construction on a plan, please call us at (800) 634-0123 M-F, 8-5 pacific time to speak with one of our customer service representatives.

25th Feb, 2008
Announcements, Blog

Associated Designs is pleased to announce the launch of our new blog! We hear from people all the time who like to share their experience, show pictures of their homes under construction, and of course the finished product. Equally, we hear from those who would “love to see a picture of this home completed”! Our blog now offers the forum for just that. To start a blog on your home under construction or already built, send your photo(s) and story to and we'll get it posted. After that, you can upload additional photos and comments of the progress.

18th Feb, 2008
Announcements, Blog

We just returned from the International Home Builders Convention in Orlando, Florida excited, charged, and full of new ideas for expanding our website and partnerships! It should be an exciting few months ahead as we able to implement them and create new offerings for visitors of our site.

11th Feb, 2008
Blog, Constructed Home Plans

Westdale ExteriorWestdale Interior

Westdale 30-572

The Westdale design constructed by Gansen Construction, was built in the Glen Haven subdivision in Eugene, OR and featured in Oregon Builder Magazine. Mike Gansen reports the clients are very happy with the plans and construction!

Contemporary Craftsman house plan has two-story entry and great room. In the C-shaped kitchen, storage and counter space are both in good supply.

Formal living room is in an ideal location for alternate use as a home office.

Gansen Construction "Our Reputation is Building"

7th Feb, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Oakley 30-691

Oakley 30-691 

Interesting angles and an abundance of family living spaces grace the interior of this Craftsman-style home. From the kitchen you can chat with people in the living room, serve quick meals on the raised eating bar, and keep tabs on activities in the patio and nook. An office and luxurious owners' suite fill the left wing.


7th Feb, 2008
Blog, New Home Plans

Glendora 30-686, Cottage House Plan

Glendora 30-686 

•A two-level contemporary cottage designed for construction on a lot that slopes down at the rear
Its gas fireplace creates a focal point in vaulted great room that’s open to vaulted breakfast nook
Daylight basement has large family/recreation room plus two bedrooms and a full bathroom

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