Home-Cost Quality Levels Cost-to-Build Application
Design Assumptions (For all Quality Levels)
9 foot first floor ceiling height
8 foot second floor ceiling height (if used)
Gable roof; 2 dormers
Average roof pitch 12:12
Porch construction on foundations
Slab on grade, Crawlspace or Full Basement options
No Car, 1 car, 2 Car or 3 Car Garage options
ECONOMY STANDARD PREMIUM
Site Work
No site clearing No site clearing No site clearing
Concrete driveway (if used) Concrete driveway (if used) Concrete driveway (if used)
Concrete walkway Concrete walkway Uni-Lock decorative concrete pavers
Concrete patio (100 SF) Concrete patio (100 SF) Uni-Lock decorative concrete pavers (100 SF)
No deck No deck Cedar wood deck (360 SF)
Hydro-seed lawn Sod lawn Sod lawn
No sprinkler irrigation No sprinkler irrigation Sprinkler system
Minimal landscaping Average landscaping Above average landscaping
City electric, sewer, gas and water City electric, sewer, gas and water City electric, sewer, gas and water
Foundations 
Excavation  Excavation  Excavation 
8” poured concrete foundation wall 8” poured concrete foundation wall 8” poured concrete foundation wall
Home: 4” thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation Home: 4” thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation Home: 4” thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation
Garage (if used): 4” thick concrete slab Garage (if used): 4” thick concrete slab Garage (if used): 4” thick concrete slab
Crawlspace (if used): 2” thick crawlspace slab Crawlspace (if used): 2” thick crawlspace slab Crawlspace (if used): 2” thick crawlspace slab
Basement (if used)
Excavation Excavation Excavation
8 foot full height basement 8 foot full height basement 8 foot full height basement
8” poured concrete walls with 1” rigid exterior insulation (R5) 8” poured concrete walls with 2” rigid exterior insulation (R10) 8” poured concrete walls with 3” rigid exterior insulation (R15)
Exterior Shell  
2x4 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap 2x6 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap 2x6 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap
Truss roof construction Truss roof construction Truss roof construction
2x10 Porch roof construction 2x10 Porch roof construction 2x10 Porch roof construction
Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post with stone base
Vinyl siding (double 4” pattern) Body: Cement fiber beveled siding
Gable ends: Cement fiber shake / shingle pattern
Body: Cement fiber beveled siding
Gable ends: Cement fiber shake / shingle pattern
No simulated stone wainscot No simulated stone wainscot Simulated stone wainscot
No special trim complexity No special trim complexity Above average trim complexity
Vinyl windows; standard double glazing Vinyl windows; Low-E glass; double glazing Metal clad windows; Low-E glass; double glazing
Asphalt shingles (standard 210#) Asphalt dimensional laminated shingles (250#) Premium asphalt dimensional laminated shingles (300#)
Steel doors (insulated) Steel doors (insulated) with vision panel Steel doors (insulated) with vision panel
No sliding glass doorwall door No sliding glass doorwall door 6 foot sliding glass aluminum doorwall
9’x7’ and/or 16'x7' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used) 9’x7’ and/or 16'x7' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used) 9’x8’ and/or 16'x8' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used)
Home: R30 9" fiberglass ceiling insulation Home: R30 9" fiberglass ceiling insulation Home: R38 12" fiberglass ceiling insulation
Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation
Special Spaces  
Kitchen cabinets: Mid grade; particle board; melamine finish Kitchen cabinets: Good quality; melamine box; hardwood doors and face Kitchen cabinets: Excellent quality; hardwood veneered plywood box; hardwood doors and face; dovetailed joints
Bathroom vanity: Mid grade; particle board; melamine finish Bathroom vanity:  Good quality; melamine box; hardwood doors and face Bathroom Vanity: Excellent quality; hardwood veneered plywood box; hardwood doors and face; dovetailed joints
Plastic laminate counter tops Solid polymer (e.g. Corianฎ) counter tops Granite counter tops
Kitchen floor: Plastic laminate floating strip floor Kitchen floor: Ceramic tile Kitchen floor: 12"x12" slate floor
Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile
Interior Construction
2x10 wood floor joists 12" Engineered composite wood joist system 12" open web truss-joist system
2x4 interior wall framing 2x4 interior wall framing 2x4 interior wall framing
Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Pine treads and risers (requires carpeting); handrail only; walls 2 sides Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Pine treads and risers (requires carpeting); balusters/handrail, newel post Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Hardwood treads and risers (requires carpeting); balusters/handrail, newel post
Basement stair (if used): Open riser Basement stair (if used): Open riser Basement stair (if used): Open riser
Loft railing (if used): 42” pine balusters Loft railing (if used): 42” pine balusters Loft railing (if used): 42” hardwood balusters
Home: ฝ” drywall walls and ceilings Home: ฝ” drywall walls and ceilings Home: ฝ” drywall walls and ceilings
Garage: ⅝” drywall walls and ceilings Garage: ⅝” drywall walls and ceilings Garage: ⅝” drywall walls and ceilings
Painted finish walls and ceilings Painted finish walls and ceilings Painted finish walls and ceilings
Home: 32 ounce nylon carpet Home: 36 ounce nylon carpet Home: 50 ounce wool Berber carpet
Home: No supplemental flooring Home: Supplemental engineered floating wood floor (300 SF) Home: Supplemental slate tile 12"x12" (300 SF)
Breezeway / Mud Room (if used): Vinyl floor Breezeway / Mud Room (if used): Vinyl floor Breezeway / Mud Room (if used): Vinyl floor
2'-8" doors; (1-3/8" thick); prehung hollow core embossed hardboard; lockset; door and trim painted 2 coats 2'-8" doors; (1-3/8" thick); prehung raised 6 panel solid pine; lockset; door and trim painted 2 coats 2'-8" doors; (1-3/8" thick); prehung cherry veneer over MDF core solid door; stained trim; premium lockset and hinges; door and trim clear finished
Carpeted stairs Carpeted stairs Hardwood stairs
Elevators
None None None
Plumbing 
Average sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures Average sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures Premium sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures
Pedestal sink and faucet in half bath Pedestal sink and faucet in half bath Premium Pedestal sink in half bath
Fiberglass tub with tub door Porcelain cast iron tub or premium fiberglass tub with tub door Whirlpool fiberglass tub with premium faucet
Shower: No dedicated shower Shower: No dedicated shower Shower: Tiled shower floor and walls with tempered glass shower door
Single bowl Kitchen sink; painted steel with faucet/spray and 1/2 HP disposal Double bowl stainless steel Kitchen sink with faucet/spray and 3/4 HP disposal Double bowl premium deep stainless steel Kitchen sink with premium faucet/spray and 3/4 HP disposal
Laundry sink Laundry sink Laundry sink
Heating / AC 
80% efficiency furnace 90% efficiency furnace 92%-94% efficiency furnace
13 SEER AC 13 SEER AC 13+ SEER AC
Standard infiltration rate (1.75 ACH) Quality tight construction; low infiltration rate (.75 ACH) Very tight construction; Energy Star compliant very low infiltration rate (.35 ACH)
No supplemental mechanical ventilation No supplemental mechanical ventilation Supplemental mechanical ventilation (ERV/HRV)
Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork
Air conditioning Air conditioning Air conditioning
No heated garage (if used) No heated garage (if used) Heated garage (if used)
No fireplace No fireplace Gas direct vent fireplace, raised hearth, wood mantle
Electrical  
150 amp electrical service 200 amp electrical service 400 amp electrical service
Average fixed lighting Average fixed lighting Extensive fixed / recessed lighting
No security or hard wired fire detection No security or hard wired fire detection Security system and hard wired fire detection
Appliances  
30” wide economy refrigerator 30” wide refrigerator / freezer 36” wide premium refrigerator / freezer / icemaker 24" depth
24” dishwasher 24” dishwasher 24” premium dishwasher; 2 drawer
30” economy gas or electric stove 30” gas or electric stove 36” premium dual fuel gas / electric stove
30” economy exhaust hood (vents to kitchen) 30” exhaust hood (exterior venting) 36” premium stainless exhaust hood (exterior venting)
Standard washer / dryer Standard washer / dryer Premium front load  washer / dryer
Vinyl coated wire closet shelving systems Melamine closet shelving systems Custom wood closet shelving systems
Contractor Markup
(General Conditions, Overhead & Profit)
 Constructed by Contractor  Constructed by Contractor  Constructed by Contractor
 14% markup  14% markup  14% markup