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Lizzy

06:19PM | 12/28/02
Member Since: 12/27/02
1 lifetime posts
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Can anyone please tell me which is the least expensive to construct, a one level home or two levels? Everyone I ask seems to have a different opinion...

treebeard

06:05AM | 01/15/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
265 lifetime posts
Look at it this way...

If you take the second story of a 2 story house and set it next to the first story...

1. You lose one insulated exterior wall...a savings.

2. You practically double the amount of foundation required...a cost.

3. You practically double the amount of roof required...a cost.

4. You eliminate stairs to the second floor...a savings.

5. Assuming all other things in the house are the same...number of rooms, baths, etc., flooring, interior walls (although an increase in bearing walls required), plumbing, wiring, etc., it's probably slightly more expensive to build the same square footage as a single story.

But then again, it depends on where you live, cost of materials, cost of labor (how hungry the builders are for work), and a few code issues.

nycbrycco

11:33AM | 02/03/03
Member Since: 02/02/03
14 lifetime posts
per square foot it is cheaper for two floor home. Here in nyc concrete is expensive. a yard can be $75. Labor, excavating,drainage expensive. Compared to building a wooden deck for the second story per square foot a second story makes sense.
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