Monster Cost-to-Build Quality Levels

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
Site Work
ECONOMY
No site clearing
Concrete driveway (if used)
Concrete walkway
Concrete patio (100 SF)
No deck
Hydro-seed lawn
No sprinkler irrigation
Minimal landscaping
City electric, sewer, gas and water
STANDARD
No site clearing
Concrete driveway (if used)
Concrete walkway
Concrete patio (100 SF)
No deck
Sod lawn
No sprinkler irrigation
Average landscaping
City electric, sewer, gas and water
PREMIUM
No site clearing
Concrete driveway (if used)
Uni-Lock decorative concrete pavers
Uni-Lock decorative concrete pavers (100 SF)
Cedar wood deck (360 SF)
Sod lawn
Sprinkler system
Above average landscaping
City electric, sewer, gas and water
Foundations
Excavation
8" poured concrete foundation wall
Home: 4" thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation
Garage (if used): 4" thick concrete slab
Crawlspace (if used): 2" thick crawlspace slab
Excavation
8" poured concrete foundation wall
Home: 4" thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation
Garage (if used): 4" thick concrete slab
Crawlspace (if used): 2" thick crawlspace slab
Excavation
8" poured concrete foundation wall
Home: 4" thick concrete slab with perimeter insulation
Garage (if used): 4" thick concrete slab
Crawlspace (if used): 2" thick crawlspace slab
Basement (if used)
Excavation
8 foot full height basement
8" poured concrete walls with 1" rigid exterior insulation (R5)
Excavation
8 foot full height basement
8" poured concrete walls with 2" rigid exterior insulation (R10)
Excavation
8 foot full height basement
8" poured concrete walls with 3" rigid exterior insulation (R15)
Exterior Shell
2x4 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap
Truss roof construction
2x10 Porch roof construction
Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post
Vinyl siding (double 4" pattern)
No simulated stone wainscot
No special trim complexity
Vinyl windows; standard double glazing
Asphalt shingles (standard 210#)
Steel doors (insulated)
No sliding glass doorwall door
9'x7' and/or 16'x7' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used)
Home: R30 9" fiberglass ceiling insulation
Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation
2x6 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap
Truss roof construction
2x10 Porch roof construction
Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post
Body: Cement fiber beveled siding
Gable ends: Cement fiber shake / shingle pattern
No simulated stone wainscot
No special trim complexity
Vinyl windows; Low-E glass; double glazing
Asphalt dimensional laminated shingles (250#)
Steel doors (insulated) with vision panel
No sliding glass doorwall door
9'x7' and/or 16'x7' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used)
Home: R30 9" fiberglass ceiling insulation
Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation
2x6 stud walls; fiberglass insulation; sheathing; house wrap
Truss roof construction
2x10 Porch roof construction
Porch: wood clad 4x4 lumber post with stone base
Body: Cement fiber beveled siding
Gable ends: Cement fiber shake / shingle pattern
Simulated stone wainscot
Above average trim complexity
Metal clad windows; Low-E glass; double glazing
Premium asphalt dimensional laminated shingles (300#)
Steel doors (insulated) with vision panel
6 foot sliding glass aluminum doorwall
9'x8' and/or 16'x8' sectional steel garage door and opener (if used)
Home: R38 12" fiberglass ceiling insulation
Garage (if used): R19 fiberglass ceiling insulation
Special Spaces
Kitchen cabinets: Mid grade; particle board; melamine finish
Bathroom vanity: Mid grade; particle board; melamine finish
Plastic laminate counter tops
Kitchen floor: Plastic laminate floating strip floor
Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile
Kitchen cabinets: Good quality; melamine box; hardwood doors and face
Bathroom vanity: Good quality; melamine box; hardwood doors and face
Solid polymer (e.g. Corian®) counter tops
Kitchen floor: Ceramic tile
Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile
Kitchen cabinets: Excellent quality; hardwood veneered plywood box; hardwood doors and face; dovetailed joints
Bathroom Vanity: Excellent quality; hardwood veneered plywood box; hardwood doors and face; dovetailed joints
Granite counter tops
Kitchen floor: 12"x12" slate floor
Bathroom floor: Ceramic tile
Interior Construction
2x10 wood floor joists
2x4 interior wall framing
Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Pine treads and risers (requires carpeting); handrail only; walls 2 sides
Basement stair (if used): Open riser
Loft railing (if used): 42" pine balusters
Home: ½" drywall walls and ceilings
Garage: ?" drywall walls and ceilings
Painted finish walls and ceilings
Home: 32 ounce nylon carpet
Home: No supplemental flooring
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
Carpeted stairs
12" Engineered composite wood joist system
2x4 interior wall framing
Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Pine treads and risers (requires carpeting); balusters/handrail, newel post
Basement stair (if used): Open riser
Loft railing (if used): 42" pine balusters
Home: ½" drywall walls and ceilings
Garage: ?" drywall walls and ceilings
Painted finish walls and ceilings
Home: 36 ounce nylon carpet
Home: Supplemental engineered floating wood floor (300 SF)
Breezeway / Mud Room (if used): Vinyl floor ss
2'-8" doors; (1-3/8" thick); prehung raised 6 panel solid pine; lockset; door and trim painted 2 coats
Carpeted stairs
12" open web truss-joist system
2x4 interior wall framing
Ground floor stair to 2nd floor (if used): Hardwood treads and risers (requires carpeting); balusters/handrail, newel post
Basement stair (if used): Open riser
Loft railing (if used): 42" hardwood balusters
Home: ½" drywall walls and ceilings
Garage: ?" drywall walls and ceilings
Painted finish walls and ceilings
Home: 50 ounce wool Berber carpet
Home: Supplemental slate tile 12"x12" (300 SF)
Breezeway / Mud Room (if used): Vinyl floor
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
Hardwood stairs
Elevators
None
None
None
Plumbing
Average sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures
Pedestal sink and faucet in half bath
Fiberglass tub with tub door
Shower: No dedicated shower
Single bowl Kitchen sink; painted steel with faucet/spray and 1/2 HP disposal
Laundry sink
Average sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures
Pedestal sink and faucet in half bath
Porcelain cast iron tub or premium fiberglass tub with tub door
Shower: No dedicated shower
Double bowl stainless steel Kitchen sink with faucet/spray and 3/4 HP disposal
Laundry sink
Premium sink, faucet and toilet plumbing fixtures
Premium Pedestal sink in half bath
Whirlpool fiberglass tub with premium faucet
Shower: Tiled shower floor and walls with tempered glass shower door
Double bowl premium deep stainless steel Kitchen sink with premium faucet/spray and 3/4 HP disposal
Laundry sink
Heating / AC
80% efficiency furnace
13 SEER AC
Standard infiltration rate (1.75 ACH)
No supplemental mechanical ventilation
Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork
Air conditioning
No heated garage (if used)
No fireplace
90% efficiency furnace
13 SEER AC
Quality tight construction; low infiltration rate (.75 ACH)
No supplemental mechanical ventilation
Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork
Air conditioning
No heated garage (if used)
No fireplace
92%-94% efficiency furnace
13+ SEER AC
Very tight construction; Energy Star compliant very low infiltration rate (.35 ACH)
Supplemental mechanical ventilation (ERV/HRV)
Gas forced air furnace with metal ductwork
Air conditioning
Heated garage (if used)
Gas direct vent fireplace, raised hearth, wood mantle
Electrical
150 amp electrical service
Average fixed lighting
No security or hard wired fire detection
200 amp electrical service
Average fixed lighting
No security or hard wired fire detection
400 amp electrical service
Extensive fixed / recessed lighting
Security system and hard wired fire detection
Appliances
30" wide economy refrigerator
24" dishwasher
30" economy gas or electric stove
30" economy exhaust hood (vents to kitchen)
Standard washer / dryer
Vinyl coated wire closet shelving systems
30" wide refrigerator / freezer
24" dishwasher
30" gas or electric stove
30" exhaust hood (exterior venting)
Standard washer / dryer
Melamine closet shelving systems
36" wide premium refrigerator / freezer / icemaker 24" depth
24" premium dishwasher; 2 drawer
36" premium dual fuel gas / electric stove
36" premium stainless exhaust hood (exterior venting)
Premium front load washer / dryer
Custom wood closet shelving systems
Contractor Markup
(General Conditions,
Overhead & Profit)
Constructed by Contractor
14% markup
Constructed by Contractor
14% markup
Constructed by Contractor
14% markup