Size matters: What square footage is right for you?

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Here’s how to calculate the square footage for home plan

            People who buy or build custom homes are more concerned with how much usable space they get and it is only a few people that actually go into the details of the square footage system before the purchase or construction. It is equally essential to know how much square footage is available to you, along with the number of bedrooms, the baths or how big and modern the kitchen is and what kind of house you want like single storey or multi strorey generally two storey duplex floor plans indian style is popular for comfort living area.

Usually, most real estate companies include only the areas within the house that are air-conditioned or heated. This calculation method omits the attic storage, unfinished basements, garage, porches and similar spaces.

The total square footage of a house is not restricted to only the area of all the rooms; it also includes the area that the walls in between them occupy. The area occupied by the walls seems may seem negligible on an individual scale. But, when calculated in whole, it is a considerable amount that adds up the total square footage of the house. Three linear feet of an interior wall becomes one square foot and the thickness of walls would comprise of almost ten percent of the overall square footage of the entire house!

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For your home plan, understanding these measurement basics is certainly important, so as to avoid any confusion with the builders during construction or buying of a house. Fire places and small mechanical closets take a tiny portion of the entire space of your home, so they can easily be avoided. Square footage needs to be measured from the outside faces of the outer walls, including the area covered by the stairs. You need to calculate square footage of spaces with a ceiling height beyond seven feet. You don’t have to count areas that open to rooms located down stairs.

You have to bear in mind that the heated square footage is usually used along with a rough estimate of the ‘cost per square foot’ for preliminary cost estimating. It is one factor of construction cost, but not everything that would decide the actual cost of your home. There are additional costs which are unrelated to the size of the house, such as landscaping costs, driveway, and appliances, to name a few.

For rough estimates, construction companies and builders use only the ‘cost per square foot’ system of calculation. They almost avoid signing a legal contract mentioning a particular ‘cost per square foot’ while building a house. In a custom built house, modifications through additions and deletions might happen at any point of time during the construction phase. Therefore, the builders would go broke if they follow the square footage way of planning a home, as there’s no exact way to find out what needs to be ordered for constructing the house and how much labor is required for building the house. Price of the raw materials keeps on varying and that would impact the overall cost of the house irrespective of the square footage.

Imagine you opt for a marble exterior wall rather than a normal wall – the costs would certainly drive up.  If you choose a specific kind of shingle which would require more labor and materials than a normal one, the cost would again be higher than the quoted amount in the planned estimate. This makes the builders quote the square footage cost within a range rather than an exact amount. The cost of the house would also vary depending on the number of bedrooms, sinks, toilets, bathrooms and flooring, roofing material as well as appliances used.

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Additional Notes: Make sure that the builder is calculating the square footage for the home plan the same way as you do. Sometimes builders include garage and porch area or some would count garage area as half its square footage. Although it would dilute the overall cost while considering the average per foot cost and make the construction costs seem less, this would make things very confusing. Counting heated square footage would be a solution in this kind of situation, in order to maintain transparency.


5 must haves in specialty housing plan for specially-abled elders

In India, family values weigh more than anything else in life, the bond of love and the sense of responsibility makes people stay close to their parents even if they grow up and have their own family.  Though, the homes are not perfectly having multigenerational housing design, people make sure that the elderly members get adequate facilities at home.

Here, we bring the five must haves which can make your house a perfect home for your specially-abled elderly family members. They might be wheel chair bound, bed ridden or walking with support due to old age or health reasons like stroke.

Wheelchair way – ramp

When a family member is wheelchair bound because of a health issue, or simply because they are unable to walk because of old age, the first thing that troubles you is while going out of the house or coming back from somewhere is the entryway. It is not always easy for you to get them carried around the house, so the best way is a wheel chair. But, then you have the problem of moving the wheelchair through the steps of the entrance. To, solve this you need to have a housing plan that allows a small wheelchair way (ramp) to the house. If you are buying a house or building one, you can ask for precast homes which have 50s housing plan that suits your family needs.

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Antiskid floors

Elderly parents are like small kids, they need to be taken care of for their wellbeing. The houses that have difficult to move or wheelchair using members in the family should have antiskid floors at specific places of the house, where people usually have a risk of slipping or tripping over. The most common places are the bathrooms. Install antiskid mats and you can even choose antiskid floors in the housing plan, which would prevent the elderly from slipping or their wheelchairs skidding because of poor control. It would prevent the chance of accidents and help them move around the house easily.

Railing support for walk on walls

Wall fittings such as railings are beneficial for old people and people having difficulty in walking without any support. In case you are opting for precast homes, let the home builders know your specialty housing plan, so that they install these features in your house and make life easier for everyone. These support railings can run throughout the house and let the elderly members move around facing less difficulty.

Mini elevator to floors within the house

In case you have a huge house having multiple floors and you hate keeping your family members left bound to the main floor, then installing a mini elevator inside the house would help to a great extent. It would allow the elderly members to avoid the stair and use the elevator instead. The elevator should also be installed with railings for the comfort of them.

Alarms for bed ridden

The most important feature in a specialty housing plan is having alarms near the bed ridden members of the family. In case they are unable to alter you when not feeling alright, all they have to do is press the alarm and seek your help. Heart attacks and strokes occur suddenly and people can’t instantly think about calling someone. With these alarms at hand they can touch it and alert others for immediate medical help. The positions of the alarms must be too close or right at the edge of the bed to let them see it always.