Choosing to build a particular home can save you money in the long run when you compare the maintenance, insulation and soundproofing of construction costs in concrete and wood. But the initial cost for building a house can be steep.
Smart builders want to reduce the cost of building a concrete house so they can save even more money with this type of construction. There are things you can do at every step of the concrete construction that can help reduce costs now.
- Figure out the concrete yardage needed for each concrete pour area listed in your construction plans. You will need to know the width, height and depth / thickness of concrete when being poured into an area. Multiply these together (using feet and inches units of measure) and then divide this by 27 to reach the required cubic yardage needed. Write down how much concrete you need to create each pour in your construction plans.
- Calculate the amount of material in the form needed to create each concrete space listed in your construction area. Shape material is provided with panels that are measured by surface length and width. The depth of a particular shape is created by using snap loops of different sizes. For example, if you have a wall pour that is 16 feet long by 8 feet high by 8 feet wide and used 4 feet by 8 feet form panels and 8 inch snap ties; You’ll need 8 panel shapes (4 per side of the wall) and 16 snap ties to make this wall. Write down how much material is needed to create each pour in your building plans.
- Figure out that concrete pouring can do the same day given the amount of material the actual shape you have in your hand. The more concrete you can pour at a time, the less money you spend on bringing finalists and concrete pumps out to the job site and the best price you can get in concrete. Make sure you look at the calendar for your finishers and talk to your concrete supply company before you create your casting schedule so you know that the amount of concrete that can be delivered can end sooner.
- Go through the drawings and identify any areas where the depth of the pour can be reduced. For example, look for structures like ramps, stairs, stairways and floor slabs. Ask the recording engineer and your local construction inspector to approve changes to these land use plans to fill deep holes to a lower level to decrease the amount of concrete spillage. You can also use additional mesh or re-functions to reduce the amount of concrete in the spill.
- Watch your time. Better cancel concrete if the weather promises to be disgusting and then try to run the time and pour it. The cost to protect the wet concrete during bad weather or to repair time-damaged concrete is not worth the risk.
Tips & Warnings
- Get with your equipment and design an organized system for placement of your concrete forms. Make a plan for how forms need to be established that anyone can follow and you will save significantly on labor costs as your teams learn how to construct concrete forms more efficiently.
- Do not make changes to the design of a concrete structure (using additional filler or reinforcement) without the permission of the history engineer and the building inspector. If you do, you will incur costs for ripping concrete out and rebuilding plans specifications.