Markham House Plan featured on BYOH.COM Blog

Markham House Plan featured on BYOH.COM Blog

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008 

House Plan Of The Week With Cost To Build

From: Associated Designs, Inc.

From: Carl's Blog

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Markham - Plan #30-575

Stone veneer bases support the tapered columns fronting this Craftsman-style bungalow home plan. Inside, the living room links to the dining room, which is open to a sunny nook and kitchen. A cozy window seat nestles into an alcove in the nook. Owners’ suite amenities include a walk-in closet and spa tub.

From the street, the Markham has the appearance of a totally symmetrical Craftsman-style bungalow with an attached porte cochere. Telling details are the stone veneer bases supporting tapered columns, exposed rafter tails where the roof joins the wall, a gabled dormer, and windows with smaller panes in their upper halves.

Inside, a conveniently placed half-bath is tucked behind the foyer’s coat closet. Double doors on the right open into a den, ideally placed for use as a home office. The foyer’s open left side leads directly into the living room.

On the living room’s left wall, a mess-free gas fireplace serves as a focal point, next to cabinetry for a home entertainment center.

The living room links to the dining room which in turn is open to the nook and kitchen. The kitchen has cupboards and counters on three sides, including a set that extends into the nook, and a roomy walk-in pantry. The nook’s wide sliding glass doors offer direct access to a covered patio, which could be screened, if desired.

Laundry appliances are right off the kitchen. The utility room has built-in cabinets and a spacious folding counter. A door there connects the room to a large storage area, tucked under the stairs.

A cozy, semi-private window seat is nestled into an alcove on the far side of the nook, across from the entry to the owners’ suite. This makes a great place to read a book, or simply daydream.

The owners’ suite is at the rear of the Markham. Amenities here include: a walk-in closet, spa tub, dual vanity, and a separately enclosed toilet and shower. Two more bedrooms and a bathroom are upstairs.

Total Living Area: 2222 square feet. 1st Floor: 1700 square feet. 2nd Floor: 522 square feet. Garage: 480 square feet. Plan Width: 50' 0". Plan Depth: 67' 0". Floors: 2. Garage: 2 car. Bedrooms: 3. Baths: 2. Half Baths: 1

To estimate cost, I'll use the "cost to build" calculator on my resource #5 , “Building Costs by City & State”, on "Getting Started" on, using “average" quality and a slab foundation

Using this "shape" on the "cost to build" calculator, for the Denver - Boulder CO area, I came up with $171,288 for an owner/builder.

That’s an approximate cost of $77 per sq. ft. (Based on 2,222 sq. ft of living area)

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. (PDF file)
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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 and a slab foundation as of May, 2008.

Until you actually start getting bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), it will remain approximate.

Enjoy & "Happy Mother's Day"


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