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GC and Bids (by Al [NC]) May 13, 2018 6:19 AM
       GC and Bids (by Ne [PA]) May 13, 2018 6:33 AM
       GC and Bids (by razorback_tim [AR]) May 13, 2018 6:36 AM
       GC and Bids (by NE [PA]) May 13, 2018 6:36 AM
       GC and Bids (by Robert J [CA]) May 13, 2018 11:39 AM
       GC and Bids (by fred [CA]) May 13, 2018 4:14 PM

GC and Bids (by Al [NC]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:19 AM

Happy Momma Day! Reading posts on these topics got me thinking about being a GC on this 495 sq ft home I want to build. I got the electric plumber and framer. How do I get the make a list of the framing supplies needed to build the house from scratch? I want to fire my builder sooo bad. Itís been 3 months and we havenít started yet! I think my project is low on his list and he over promised. Thanks --166.137.xx.xx

GC and Bids (by Ne [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:33 AM


You will need header material unless you are running joists the full first and from foundation wall to foundation wall. You could order a full length lentil (sp?) or build one on side. What are the dimensions? 25x25?

You'll need a top plate and sill seal to run the perimeter of the foundation. Usually 2x8 treated.

Then floor joists or engineered I-beams. (You can get these at auction sometimes for peanuts)

Measure the length of your foundation, assuming 25' x 12" divided by 16" x 2 will give you the rough number of 2x10' or 12'. Whatever is code there. Order extra for your rim board.

Then you'll need your subfloor. Length x width divided by 32 will give you the number of 3/4" sheets you'll need.

Sidewalk, length of wall x 12" divided by 16" will give you exterior wall stud. Measure all 4 exterior walls and add 30%. Also order some 12' 2x6's for top and bottom plate. Approx 24 of them for dimensions of 25x25.

Exterior walls heating will be length times width divided by 32 for total sheets of 7/16" osb needed.

Then any interior walls will be the same formula: length of wall x 12" divided by 16".

Roof trusses, go to a lumber yard and order them. Takes the guess work out of it.

5/8 roof sheathing, length of truss times width of truss divided by 32. Make sure you account for soffit overhangs.

This will get you really close to your framing material needed for a project this small.

Don't forget to glue down your subfloor or it will squeak when you walk. --50.107.xxx.xx

GC and Bids (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:36 AM

Some lumber yards offer a take-off service where they will figure the materials for you.

Your framer May be able and willing to help as well. --70.178.x.xx

GC and Bids (by NE [PA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 6:36 AM

Sorry for all the typos. New phone has a mind of its own. If you need clarification, just let me know. --50.107.xxx.xx

GC and Bids (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 11:39 AM

I am a licensed builder/contractor. It's so funny you should ask this question. Many home owners think it's easy to make a material list of supplies. And in someway it is easy. But, unless you want to overpay for supplies, an experienced builder, architect or plans designer can compile a more cost effective list knowing the types of lumber, lengths that can be cut down and grade of the wood.

I was doing a special designed railing and calculated the lumber cost to be around $350. The home owner went ahead a purchased and picked up the same lumber, but in 8 foot lengths for around $600. My wood was dry, straight and grade 1,2. His lumber was wet, waves and of a common grade.


GC and Bids (by fred [CA]) Posted on: May 13, 2018 4:14 PM

Go to a lumber yard and ask if they have a guy who could write up a "Lumber List" from your approved plans, if you have them.

The little money you would pay for such a list will make life a lot easier when you buy your lumber. --99.59.x.xxx

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