The key to cost savings in frame construction is preplanning, using standard lumber, panel and pre-engineered components in the house plan design. By employing a modular type grid system when laying out a design with emphasis on the major module of 48" and the minor module of 24", a standardized planning guide is applied to the overall exterior house dimensions (or footprint). Foundations designed with a 4" brick ledge supporting masonry exteriors have their outer dimensions 4" beyond the grid; however, the structural frame portion still rests within the standard grid dimensions. Floor, ceiling and roof construction can then easily be coordinated with these dimensions permitting full use of standardized, readily available construction materials.
Recent studies have been reported in major building magazines demonstrating the positive results of preplanned grid system designs and smart value engineering applied to new construction. Builders, developers and homeowners alike are taking notice. The potential dollar savings resulting from reduced construction cycle time also decrease construction loan costs, further enhancing the benefits of efficient building design.
Whether it's labeled efficient, sustainable or green building, the concept is becoming more widely accepted as the proper method to use, not only for financial savings but also in terms of the positive environmental impact. The primary way to reduce the environmental impacts from new construction is to use just the right amount of materials. This is where value framing (neither overbuilding, nor under building) and detailed preplanned grid type framing plans are of great importance.
Our plans pay particular attention to the use of standardized materials and methods which will result in reduced construction time, labor costs and job site material waste. And, since the structural frame accounts for the largest percentage of the residential construction costs, this translates into lower overall building costs for the homeowner.