Building two houses together

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Posted by: from Coquitlam
4/24/2016 at 10:37:19 AM

How much of a cost savings can be achieved by building two houses together as compared to building one first and then another later? The houses are going to be next to each other so there is definitely some opportunity for savings. What are some better ways to approach this, financing being a non factor?

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Date/Time4/24/2016 at 2:51:37 PM

There is definitely a dollar savings available. When I add an addition or build a house, there would be a savings right off the bat with the excavation, forming and concrete pour. I have different subs for each, and they would have one trip. Set up once etc. There would be savings on about forty percent of the stages of construction.

Now the savings would vary. But over all, it would be a good move.

Good luck,

James Fram

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Date/Time4/24/2016 at 5:39:34 PM

I tend to agree with James; there should be savings in the civil works as the heavy equipment would only need to be floated once as well as materials can be delivered to a single location.

As far as the trades, while there might be some minor savings (discounted material for bulk order) labour and other costs would be the same as two builds I suspect.


John Kuehnl-Cadwell

Master Electrician

Datawise Solutions Inc

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Date/Time4/27/2016 at 5:17:24 PM

Hi Rav,

Good thinking! Two is better than one. We could build the houses like sisters. this would cut down on the overall costs dramatically. In some areas, we could even cut the costs down by 40% or more. In other areas the saving may be less but there would be savings none the less.



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