Estimating for Residential Construction offers a concise introduction to residential estimating processes and to the steps involved in accurately preparing a cost estimate. Author David Pratt uses clear, straightforward language to describe the basic arithmetic of residential construction work, along with logical explanations of how to prepare takeoffs. Readers will learn how to price excavation and site work, concrete, carpentry, masonry, plumbing, heating, and electrical work, as well as the general expenses and sub-trade work. Specifics on how to prepare a bill of materials from a takeoff, how to summarize and prepare a bid for a custom home, assessing markup on an estimate, and how to review a bid before it is submitted to the client is also covered as well as information on preparing estimates for remodeling jobs.
David J. Pratt is a Professor of Civil Engineering Technology at SAIT Polytechnic and a lecturer in construction costing at the University of Calgary. Professor Pratt is a professional quantity surveyor and cost consultant. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and holds a degree in Quantity Surveying from Liverpool College of Building together with a degree in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Chapter One: Introduction to Building cost Estimates Chapter Two: Arithmetic and Principles of Measurement Chapter Three: Measuring Excavation and Sitework Chapter Four: Measuring Concrete Work Chapter Five: Measuring Carpentry Work Chapter Six: Measuring Masonry and Finishes Chapter Seven: Estimating Plumbing, HVAC and Electricaln Work Chapter Eight: Pricing General Expenses Chapter Nine:Pricing the Work Chapter Ten:Pricing Equipment Chapter Eleven: Subcontracting Work Chapter Twelve: Estimate Summaries and Bids Chapter Thirteen: Estimates for Remodeling Work Appendix A: Glossary Appendix B: THe Metric System and Conversions Appendix C: Equations used in Estimating Appendix D: Sample House Drawings Index