Bidding Residential Projects

Bidding Residential Projects

Rand Soellner Architect just successfully bid out a project on the eastern side of the USA.  It was one of his latest Farmhouse designs.

It used to be that a decent architecturally designed residence could not be had for under about $300/HSF (Heated Square Feet).  However, this latest effort illustrates what quality design with handsome, durable, yet economical materials can do.  Soellner’s latest project came in at an unbelievable $104/GSF (Gross Square Feet).  When looked at strictly as interior Heated Square Feet, the project was bid at $184/HSF.  That is still a remarkable achievement for an architecturally designed project with numerous features and durability as one of the highest-ranking elements of the project.

This project, in the Pennsylvania area, just shows how economical truly well designed projects can be these days.

Features included:
– Timeless architectural design style
– Front timber frame porch with native stone pedestals.
– Attached “Bridge” enclosed connector to the garage.
– 2 car Garage (0versize) with independent vehicular bay doors and 2 human passage doors, and windows, and factory wood grain metal insulated doors, finished and insulated interior.
–  Foyer
– Powder room
– Coat closet
– Large Gourmet Kitchen with oversize appliances (like a 4′ wide range-oven, stainless steel, of course), and custom-look cabinets, huge island, granite counters.
– Open space planning
– Hearth Room/ Dining Room
– Timber framing post and beams
– Higher than normal insulation levels
– 8′ tall rear framed glass doors with clearstories
– 8′ tall custom-look wood front entry door
– Rear screened & roofed oversized timber framed porch
– Timber frame rear exterior stair
– interior stair
– Walkout basement level, in addition to the main level at grade
– Master Bedroom with 8′ tall rear glass doors
– All glass is double-pane insulated with Low-E coating for energy efficiency.
– 4 fireplaces (2 inside, 2 outside)
– Huge master Bathroom with giant 2-person slate shower, his and hers granite vanities, lots of glass, separate toilet room, walk-in closet/dressing area
-Family Room downstairs with fireplace
– 2 guest bedrooms and a guest bathroom
– Mud Room with interior and exterior access
– Kitchenette downstairs
-Large Utility room downstairs
– Site work, including excavation and site utilities and driveway
– 40 year roof
– Non-combustible, non-rot siding
–  Copper-look metal on accent roofs.
–  Copper look kynar metal flashings all around.
–  Special historic/rustic foot-tall, 3″ thick timber trim band running around the front and side elevations of the siding.
–  Interesting variations in the siding material and direction.
–  Dormer-Lantern (2-sided) that admits natural light into the interior of the house.
–  Pantry/Laundry/Office area between garage and main house with views out toward the countryside.
–  All-wood floors (except for slate tile in bathrooms and the Mud room)
– All wood ceilings.
–  High-end architectural waterproofing treatment on solid cast in place concrete foundation walls.
–  Closed cell foam thick insulation around foundation upper walls and basement slab edge.
–  Advance compliance with 2012 IRC codes and in fact, R-values in excess of this, for high efficiency.
– Advanced tight construction methods to seal the house tightly against unwanted infiltration.
– All materials selected for durability, even the nails!

Amazing!  Take advantage of today’s economy with a custom Soellner design:  1 . 828 . 269 . 9046

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