Budget, Permitting, and Planning

 

I am doing as much of the work for this project myself.  I made the best design I could by reading up on solar greenhouses and general construction technique.  Then I made it up nice using Autocad and went down to City Hall for a building permit.  The permitting staff challenged me on some of the engineering, but I was prepared with all the calculations for snow and wind load and received the permit without too much trouble.  Later I went back for a plumbing permit so I could run the floor drain.  This was trickier, the plumbing people are not so happy to let amateurs do plumbing work.  I had to sign (and notarize) a statement saying that I owned the house and have lived there "peaceably" for 4 years.  Wish I had a copy, it was kind of an amusing statement.  But the plumbing inspector has been very friendly and helpful during the inspections, this is going quite well.  You just need to read up on plumbing principals and do good work.

Cost figures are below, the first table is receipt-by-receipt accounting of my spending.  Second table shows my orginal budget I drew up before doing any work.  I am elated at the costs so far!   
Date Item Cost Comment
04/06/04 Building Permit $178.00 City of Milwaukee
04/21/04 Diamond saw blade for cutting slab for trench $31.67 Harbor Freight
04/25/04 2” foam insulation 4x8 sheets + stuff $136.58 Home Depot
04/26/04 Lumber and rebar $31.43 Home Depot
05/05/04 Wheelbarrow and some lumber $148.00 Wheelbarrow was $79.00!
05/07/04 PVC floor drain and pipe $26.75 Menards
05/07/04 Laser level—very cool and useful! $21.11 Harbor Freight
05/07/04 PVC elbow and glue $14.63 Ace Hardware
05/10/04 Extra Labor for pouring $40.00
05/10/04 5.5 yd concret for trench wall & footings $458.83 3000 psi at $77/yd, Sonag Ready Mix
05/11/04 Plumbing Permit $58.00 City of Milwaukee
05/12/04 Gas $30.18 Lots of driving around!
05/12/04 Drain pipe and stuff $88.71 Menards
05/14/04 4” PVC cleanout + stuff $14.30 Tim's Plumbing—do not go there again!
05/14/04 250' PEX tubing for radiant floor heating + stuff $82.39 Menards—they have the best plumbing stuff
05/15/04 Drill and extensions, for running PEX tubing $17.92 Harbor Freight
05/15/04 Plumbing stuff $14.68 Home Depot
05/17/04 Pex fittings + 32x80 prehung exterior door $205.86 Menards
05/17/04 Plumbing stuff w/ pressure testing guage $12.20 Ace Hardware
05/20/04 Extra Labor for pouring $120.00
05/20/04 3 yds concrete for floor $333.70 3500 psi, price includes partial load fee for small load
05/21/04 Hole Saws/Cast Iron cuttoff blade $37.99 Harbor Freight
05/22/04 Plumbing stuff + foam sill insulation $15.68 Home Depot
05/24/04 2x6 lumber for North Wall + stuff $117.46 Menards
05/25/04 Step Ladder + stuff $142.00 10' step ladder was $129.00
05/26/04 Lumber for roof rafters and cross beam $128.69 Menards
05/27/04 Gas $29.88 Sick of going to Home Depot/Menards!
05/27/04 Lumber + liquid nails $57.20 Home Depot
05/28/04 Windows plus sliding door $1,534.35 Menards
05/28/04 Hammer Holder $2.25 Harbor Freight
05/29/04 Vinyl corner $8.57 Home Depot
05/30/04 OSB for roof and walls $206.44 Home Depot
05/31/04 Vinyl gutter stuff+3 bundles shingles $88.84 Home Depot
06/02/04 Pink wrap +vinyl+stucco+etc $140.69 Home Depot
06/03/04 Polycarbonate glazing plus trim $666.12 www.sundancesupply.com
06/04/04 Nails $5.26 Ace Hardware
06/12/04 Fascia/soffit/etc $64.56 Menards
06/13/04 Tile sample + supplies $37.45 HOBO
06/14/04 Wallboard plus window delivery $129.85 Menards
06/14/04 screws/nails $14.73 Menards
06/15/04 White latex primer $20.05 Ace Hardware
06/18/04 Paint etc $18.98 Ace Hardware
06/18/04 Lumber for stairs + vinyly siding $211.58 Home Depot
06/21/04 Adhesive flashing + 2x6 $15.39 Home Depot
06/22/04 2x6 plus vinyl trim $20.07 Home Depot
06/23/04 Plywood saw blade $3.16 Harbor Freight
06/25/04 Electrical boxes etc $83.19 Home Depot
06/27/04 Insulation $113.76 Home Depot
06/27/04 Plumbing stuff + gfci breaker $59.35 Menards





Total $6,038.48

My original budget appears below. Looks like I am already over budget!
Thing Size Quantity Price Total Comment
2x4 16' 16 $6.00 $96.00
2x4 14' 2 $4.36 $8.72
2x4 12' 4 $4.00 $16.00
2x4 10' 4 $3.50 $14.00
2x4 8' 5 $3.00 $15.00
Green Board 4x8 12 $8.39 $100.68
Outside Board 4x8 12 $9.18 $110.16
Insulation 50sq ft roll 8 $30.00 $240.00 educated guess
Windows 32x18 6 $54.00 $324.00 guess
Concrete Blocks 8x8x16 150 $0.96 $144.00
Anchor Bolts ? 25 $2.00 $50.00 guess
Concrete Footing 30 cu ft 30 $4.50 $135.00 43 80lb bags!
Concrete Forms
1 $200.00 $200.00 wild guess
Triple Carb glazing cu ft 144 $3.10 $446.40
Doors
2 $150.00 $300.00 guess
Exhaust Fan
1 $250.00 $250.00
Electrical
1 $200.00 $200.00 wild guess
Floor Drain
1 $250.00 $250.00 wild guess
nails
1 $50.00 $50.00 guess
tiling 12x12 120 $2.00 $240.00 grout/adhesive included
rebar
1 $100.00 $100.00 wild guess
Wallboard mud
2 $20.00 $40.00 guess
paint gallons 4 $20.00 $80.00
siding
1 $300.00 $300.00 wild guess
Heating
1 $500.00 $500.00 ducting or wall heater???
Unanticipated
1 $500.00 $500.00









Total $4,709.96

 

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