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Foundation Worksheet

Now let’s take a look at the foundation of your timber frame home project.  Here are some questions for you and any building partners to consider.

Research your answers as much as possible and if you do not know at this time choose option 3.

Is your land you will build on flat?

 

  1. Completely flat
  2. Slight slope
  3. Moderate slope
  4. Extreme slope
  5. Side of a cliff

 

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

Is this home site easily accessible from the nearest street?

 

  1. Driveway is complete with gravel
  2. Driveway is visible with dirt road
  3. Clear path of undisturbed grass
  4. Unknown path with trees and obstacles
  5. Bridge or other infrastructure needed

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

Does the local building department require the foundation to have an engineering seal or stamp?

  1. No
  2. Probably Not
  3. Maybe
  4. Probably So
  5. Yes

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

Are you building a slab, piers, crawlspace, or a basement for your foundation?

  1. Slab
  2. Piers
  3. Crawlspace
  4. Combination of two of the above
  5. Basement

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

What will your subfloor system be constructed with?

  1. Conventional Wood or Lumber
  2. Manufactured Glue Laminated Timbers
  3. Pre-built floor trusses
  4. Heavy Timbers or Timber frame Material
  5. Concrete or Steel

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

What will your foundation’s wall system be made of?

  1. No wall (Slab or Piers)
  2. Concrete Block
  3. Poured Concrete Walls
  4. Pre-insulated Foundation System
  5. Insulated Concrete forms

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

What portion of the foundation area will be finished during construction?

 

  1. 0%
  2. 25%
  3. 50%
  4. 75%
  5. 100%

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

Calculations:

Add up your total score from the previous questions and place it in the blank.  Range: (7-35)

Your Total Numerical Score:                    ____

 

Divide your score by 7

Total Score Divided By 7:          ____  (Round the number up)

 

Find your approximation on the scale below.

  1. $30-$45
  2. $46-$61
  3. $62-$77
  4. $78-$93
  5. $94-$109

Your Price Range:                          ____

 

 

Now take your price range and multiply it by your desired foundation’s square footage.

Your Budget Range:                          ____

 

Main Floor Worksheet

 

Now let’s take a peak at the main floor of your timber frame home project.  Here are some questions for you and any building partners to consider.

Research your answers as much as possible and if you do not know at this time choose option 3.

How many sinks will be on the main floor of your home?

 

1.1

2.2

3.3

4.4

5.5

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

What percentage of the main floor’s roof system will built using conventional construction with no heavy timbers?

 

  1. 100%
  2. 75%
  3. 50%
  4. 25%
  5. 0%

What is the primary construction of the main floor’s wall system?

 

  1. Conventional Lumber
  2. Conventional and Spray Foam
  3. Structural Insulated Panels
  4. Insulated Concrete Forms
  5. Glass

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

 

 

 

What type of flooring material will make up the largest percentage of the home?

 

  1. Carpet
  2. Wood
  3. Tile
  4. Exotic Hardwood
  5. Stone

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

What is the primary exterior siding?

 

  1. Vinyl
  2. Natural Wood
  3. Concrete Board
  4. Tree Bark
  5. Stone

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

How many fireplaces are on the main floor?

 

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5 or more

What is the square footage of exterior porches?

 

  1. 100-200 square feet
  2. 201-400 square feet
  3. 401-600 square feet
  4. 601-800 square feet
  5. 800 or more square feet

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the highest ceiling height on your main floor?

 

  1. 8’
  2. 9’
  3. 10’
  4. 11’
  5. 12’ or more including vaulted ceilings.

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

Calculations:

Add up your total score from the previous questions and place it in the blank.  Range: (8-40)

Your Total Numerical Score:                    ____

 

Divide your score by 8

Total Score Divided By 8:          ____  (Round the number up)

 

Find your approximation on the scale below.

  1. $100-$125
  2. $125-$150
  3. $150-$175
  4. $175-$200
  5. $225 -$250

Your Price Range:                          ____

 

Now take your price range and multiply it by your desired foundation’s square footage.

Your Budget Range:       

                  ____

 

Second Floor Worksheet

It is now time to create budget numbers for the second floor of your timber frame home project.  Here are some questions for you and any building partners to consider.

If you do not have a second floor or loft you can skip this section entirely.

Research your answers as much as possible and if you do not know at this time choose option 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What percentage of your second floor plan is a loft that is open to below?

 

1.80%

2.60%

3.40%

4.20%

5.0%

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

What type of siding is on the gable ends?

 

  1. Vinyl
  2. Natural wood
  3. Concrete board siding
  4. Tree bark
  5. Stone

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

How many fireplaces are on this floor of the house?

 

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4 or more

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

What is the square footage of the exterior decks, balconies, or porches originating on the second floor?

 

  1. 100-200 square feet
  2. 201-400 square feet
  3. 401-600 square feet
  4. 601-800 square feet
  5. 800 or more square feet

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

How many sinks are on the second floor?

 

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4 or more

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

What type of construction is used to build the exterior walls of the second floor?

 

  1. Conventional Lumber
  2. Conventional and Spray Foam
  3. Structural Insulated Panels
  4. Insulated Concrete Forms
  5. Glass

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

 

Primary choice of flooring for the second floor?

 

  1. Carpet
  2. Wood
  3. Tile
  4. Exotic Hardwood
  5. Stone

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

What type of material will be used for your finished roof?

 

  1. 25 year shingle
  2. 35 year shingle
  3. Metal
  4. 50 year architectural shingle
  5. Natural Slate or Cedar Shake

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

 

Calculations:

Add up your total score from the previous questions and place it in the blank.  Range: (8-40)

Your Total Numerical Score:                    ____

 

Divide your score by 8

Total Score Divided By 8:          ____  (Round the number up)

 

 

Find your approximation on the scale below.

1.$80-$105

  1. $105-$130
  2. $130-$155
  3. $155-$180
  4. $180-$205

Your Numerical Score:                    ____

 

 

Now take your price range and multiply it by your desired second floor square footage.

Your Budget Range:                          ____

 

Now let’s calculate your budget numbers

Take your previous numbers and compile a high and low range for our basic preliminary budget.

                Low budget  High Budget

Foundation:   $_____ – $________

+

Main Floor:    $______- $________

+

Second Floor: $______- $_______

=

Low Budget Range:  $__________

High Budget Range  $__________

Need Comparison

Foundation

Enter corresponding numerical values from budget worksheet

                                                  You              Partner

Land

Engineering

Slab/Crawlspace/Basement

Subfloor Joist

Foundation Wall

Finished Basement Percentage

 Foundation BudgetAverage       ________   __________

 

Main Floor

 

Enter corresponding numerical values from budget worksheet

Percentage of Conventional Construction

Wall System Construction

Flooring

Siding

Porches

Ceiling

Main Floor Budget Average            ______       ______

Second Floor

 

Loft Area Percentage

Exterior Siding

Fireplaces

Porches

Sinks

Wall System

Flooring Material

Roof Finish

Second Floor Budget Average         ______       ______

Let’s take what we know and place it in the worksheet below as you begin to form your need list.

Number of Bathrooms :

Number of Bedrooms:

Foundation Square Footage:

Main Floor Square Footage:

Porch and Deck Square Footage:

Flooring:

Wall System:

Fireplaces:

Negatives    Positives      Plan Rank

Plan 1

Plan 2

Plan 3

Plan 4

Plan 5

Plan Rank  Plan Average  Top Plan

Plan 1

Plan 2

Plan 3

Plan 4

Plan 5

5 Qualifying Questions

Do you offer my desired timber frame profile?

How long has the Timber frame Home Company been in business?

Has your timber frame home company suffered a recent bankruptcy?

Are the timbers pre-cut at the timber frame home factory?

Will your timber frame home company send a crew to install their own products?

Are You Serious?

If the company you interviewed qualified according to the questions above, and you want to move to the front of their priority list you made a good start by reading this book.  Here are some basic questions you can ask your prospective timber frame home companies and watch the attention for your project grow.

Can I see a proposal and purchase agreement for that floor plan?

If I made a down payment today when can you have my timbers ready for delivery and installation?

At what times during the project will you personally visit my site?

I have my plans, budget, and land in hand.  What would be my next step with your company?

I read Timber Frame Home Package so I have a high level of understanding of the industry standards.  How does your company differ from the explained standards?

Timber Frame Proposal Analysis
 
Blue Prints                                  Yes    No
Usable Square Footage             ________
Wood Species                            ________
Rafter Size                                 ________
Post Size                                     ________
Maximum Timber length             ________
Timber frame bent profiles                                  ________
Floor Beam Size                         ________
Girder Size                                  ________
Pre-cut Structural Insulated Panels  Yes    No
Pre-cut electrical wiring chases   Yes       No
Kiln Dried Timbers                       Yes       No
Loft  Tounge & Groove Decking   Yes      No
Porch T&G Roof Decking             Yes       No
Interior T&G Roof Decking           Yes        No
Heavy Timber Stairs              Yes       No
Hand Hewn                            Yes       No
Wall insulation                        Yes       No
Caulking                                 Yes       No
Exterior stain                          Yes       No
Interior stain                           Yes       No
Siding                                     Yes       No
Lags & Screws                       Yes       No
Porch System                         Yes       No
Note Timber Sizes for

Posts,

Girders

Rafters

Plates

 

Post Jacks                               Yes     No

Oly Screws                              Yes     No
Finish siding for Gable End      Yes    No
Roof Insulation   Yes  No    R-value? ____
 

Plywood for Gables                 Yes     No

 

Plywood for Roof                     Yes     No

 

Plywood for Shed Dormers      Yes    No

 

Plywood for Gable Dormers     Yes    No

 

Plywood for Porch Roof            Yes    No

Gable end framing lumber        Yes    No
Roofing Felt                               Yes   No
Borate Powder                           Yes   No
Felt Buttons                                Yes  No
Shingles or Metal                       Yes   No
Windows                                     Yes   No
Exterior Doors                             Yes    No
Interior Doors                              Yes    No
Freight                                         Yes    No
Material Offloaded upon delivery    Yes    No

Other items:

 

 

 

Total Material Package Cost:

 

Sales Tax:

 

Total Material Cost:

Timber Installation             Yes     No

 

If yes, what is installed?

 

 

Dry In installation                Yes    No

 

If yes, what is installed?