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Estimating for Residential Construction

ISBN 13: 9781111308872

ISBN 10: 111130887X

Author: David Pratt

Pages: 352

Published: 04/18/2011

Price: $159.95 Add to cart

Focusing exclusively on residential work, ESTIMATING FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, 2E provides a very visual, reader-friendly introduction to processes as it details the steps involved in accurately preparing a cost estimate. Packed with examples, the book clearly explains how to price excavation and site work, concrete, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, heating, and electrical work, as well as the general expenses and sub-trade work. It also covers the impact of green building practices and effective estimating "shortcuts".
  • Completely up to date with the latest practices in the field, ESTIMATING FOR RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION, 2E includes the most current methods of preliminary estimates and examples of how these methods are applied.
  • All-new carpentry examples include measuring carpentry work for alternative roof systems.
  • Added examples provide step-by-step procedure for a complete computer estimate of a small condominium project using MC2 ICE software.
  • New material on green building and sustainable construction offers thorough discussions on how the green building movement is impacting estimates.
  • Helping readers maximize their time and efficiency, the new edition includes additional estimating shortcuts, offering more illustrations of quick methods and coverage of how shortcuts can be effectively applied in estimating.
  • Ensures readers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need for success as accurate and efficient residential construction estimators.
  • Modern approach to estimating includes the use of computers; ensuring readers keep pace with industry standards.
  • Thorough coverage explains how to prepare bid forms and deal with alternate prices, allowances, and bid security, while detailed examples illustrate how estimating work is compiled.
  • Numerous illustrations and examples, and a sample set of house plans are used as an example throughout to highlight key estimating concepts.
  • A list of conversions and equations used in estimating is included in the appendices as a helpful, quick-reference resource for students.
Author Bio
David Pratt
David Pratt is a construction cost consultant and quantity surveyor. He has taught courses in construction estimating and cost management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and is a lecturer in construction costing at the University of Calgary. Mr. Pratt has been a long-time member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and he holds degrees in quantity surveying from Liverpool College of Building and in economics from the University of Calgary.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction.
Building Estimates. Estimates in the Residential Construction Industry. Builders and Residential Markets. Spec Builders. Custom-Home Builders. Multi-Unit Residential Contractors. Types of Contract. Uses of Estimates. Methods of Estimating. Architects and Designers. Green Building and Sustainable Construction. Drawings and Specifications. Soils Reports. Site Visits. Review Questions.
2. Arithmetic and Principles of Measurement.
Calculating Number of Items. Length Calculations. Perimeter Calculations. Calculating Areas. Calculating Volumes. The Quantity Takeoff. What is Measured. Units of Measurement. Takeoff Items and General Rules of Measurement. Accuracy of Measurement. Takeoff Order. Takeoff Strategy and the Use of Assemblies. Estimating Stationery (Standard Forms). Computer Estimating. Practice Problems. Review Questions.
3. Measuring Excavation and Sitework.
Measuring Sitework and Excavation Work Generally. Bank Measure Swell and Compaction Factors. Excavation Safety Considerations. Calculating Volumes of Excavation and Backfill for Trenches. Example of Excavation and Backfill Calculations for a Trench. Calculating Volumes of Excavation and Backfill for Basements. Example of Excavation and Backfill Calculations for a Basement. Use of Digitizers. Cut and Fill Calculations. The Grid Method of Calculating Cut and Fill Quantities. Measurement of Excavation and Backfill in a Takeoff. Sample Drawings. Example of Sitework Takeoff. Comments on the Sitework Takeoff. Practice Problems. Review Questions.
4. Measuring Concrete Work.
Concrete Work Generally. Measuring Notes--Concrete. Measuring Formwork Generally. Measuring Notes--Formwork. Measuring Notes--Finishes and Miscellaneous Concrete Work. Slab Finishes. Curing Slabs and Vapor Barriers. Welded Wire Mesh. Reinforcing Steel. Miscellaneous Concrete Items. Example of Concrete Work Takeoff. Comments on the Concrete Work Takeoff. Practice Problems. Review Questions.
5. Measuring Carpentry Work.
Measuring Rough Carpentry. Board Measure. Measuring Notes--Rough Carpentry. Measuring Finish Carpentry and Millwork. Measuring Notes--Finish Carpentry. Finish Carpentry Generally. Measuring Notes--Doors and Frames. Measuring Notes--Windows. Measuring Notes--Bathroom Accessories. Measuring Notes--Finish Hardware. Example of Rough Carpentry Floor System Takeoff. Comments on the Floor System Takeoff. Example of Wall System Takeoff. Comments on the Wall System Takeoff. Example of Roof System Takeoff. Comments on the Roof System Takeoff. Example of Finish Carpentry Takeoff. Comments on the Finish Carpentry Takeoff. Practice Problems. Review Questions.
6. Measuring Masonry and Finishes.
Masonry Work. Measuring Masonry Work. Brick Masonry. Concrete Blocks. Conversion factors. Measuring Notes--Masonry. Measuring Exterior and Interior Finishes. Measuring Notes--Exterior and Interior Finishes. Example of Concrete Block Masonry Takeoff...