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Big Ways to Save Money when You Build

As any architect or construction estimator knows, any building that is not a square or rectangle will be more expensive to build and furnish.  The easiest  way to have substantial money  is to build a building that is a square or a rectangle. 

Here is a simple way to understand why this is true.

The basic shaped used in the manufacturing of construction materials is the rectangle.  Plywood, flake-board, OSB and drywall all use 4’ x 8’ or 4’ x 12’ sheets as their standards size.  Cement blocks and clay bricks both use rectangles of various dimensions as their standard shape.  Carpeting comes in 12 foot wide rolls and is normally cut into long rectangle strips called runs.  Roofing paper and roofing shingle are rectangular in shape.  Floor tiles use 8” x 8” or 12” x 12” square as standard sizes, while 4-1/4” x 4-1/4” and 4” x 6” are standards for wall tile.

If a building can be constructed from whole sheets or units of these building materials, rather than the workman having to cut each sheet to form an unusual shape, the project will save in both in labor and material cost.

Work with your general contractor to have them “value engineer” the project. By value engineering the project, the general contractor reviews all of the construction drawings and makes recommendations on how the project can be built more efficiently and at a lower costs than what may be shown on the plans.

When purchasing sanctuary seating or pulpit furnishings, inquire if there are discounts available for purchasing certain fabrics, or styles.  Inquire about availability of purchasing a cancelled pulpit or furniture order, overstock lighting fixtures or scratch and dent items.

Shop out of state vendors for items like decorative windows, carpeting and office furnishings.  What you pay in shipping may be well worth the savings.