Second Floor Worksheet

 

It is now time to create budget numbers for the second floor of your green home project.  Here are some questions for you and any building partners to consider.

If you do not have a second floor or loft you can skip this section entirely.

 

Research your answers as much as possible and if you do not know at this time choose option 3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What percentage of your second floor plan is a loft that is open to below?

 

  1. 80%
  2. 60%
  3. 40%
  4. 20%
  5. 0%

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

What type of siding is on the gable ends?

 

  1. Vinyl
  2. Natural wood
  3. Concrete board siding
  4. Tree bark
  5. Stone

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

How many fireplaces are on this floor of the house?

 

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4 or more

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

What is the square footage of the exterior decks, balconies, or porches originating on the second floor?

 

  1. 100-200 square feet
  2. 201-400 square feet
  3. 401-600 square feet
  4. 601-800 square feet
  5. 800 or more square feet

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

How many sinks are on the second floor?

 

  1. 0
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
  5. 4 or more

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

What type of construction is used to build the exterior walls of the second floor?

 

  1. Conventional Lumber
  2. Conventional and Spray Foam
  3. Structural Insulated Panels
  4. Insulated Concrete Forms
  5. Glass

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

 

 

Primary choice of flooring for the second floor?

 

  1. Carpet
  2. Wood
  3. Tile
  4. Exotic Hardwood
  5. Stone

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

What type of material will be used for your finished roof?

 

  1. 25 year shingle
  2. 35 year shingle
  3. Metal
  4. 50 year architectural shingle
  5. Natural Slate or Cedar Shake

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

 

Calculations:

 

Add up your total score from the previous questions and place it in the blank.  Range: (8-40)

 

Your Total Numerical Score:                        ____

 

Divide your score by 8

 

Total Score Divided By 8:                ____  (Round the number up)

 

 

Find your approximation on the scale below.

 

  1. $80-$105
  2. $105-$130
  3. $130-$155
  4. $155-$180
  5. $180-$205

 

Your Numerical Score:                     ____

 

 

Now take your price range and multiply it by your desired second floor square footage.

 

Your Budget Range:                         ____

 

Tom and Eva are moving along with their budget numbers as well.  We can see what they are doing with their second floor to give us a guide to how their home and budget is shaping up.

 

For Example:

 

Tom’s upper level of his home is going to be a sleeping loft.  It is mainly for his grandchildren.  80% of the floor area is going to be a loft that is open to below (Numerical Score 1).  The exterior siding is a vinyl cedar shake (Numerical Score 1).  He has no fireplaces (Numerical Score 1) or porches  (Numerical Score 1).  He does include a half bath with one sink for convenience (Numerical Score 2).  His gable ends and shed dormer are both built using conventional lumber (Numerical Score 1).  For his flooring he decided to use an exotic hardwood he found a small batch of at local supplier (Numerical Score 4).  To finish his roof he has chosen a metal roof from the local building supply (Numerical Score 3).

 

Tom’s second floor worksheet would look like this.

 

Calculations:

 

Add up your total score from the previous questions and place it in the blank.  Range: (8-40)

 

Total Numerical Score:  1+1+1+1+2+1+4+3= _14_

 

Divide your score by 8: 14/8 = 1.8

 

Numerical Score:     1.8 rounds up to 2

 

Find your approximation on the scale below.

 

  1. $80-$105
  2. $105-$130
  3. $130-$155
  4. $155-$180
  5. $180- $205

 

Numerical Score:  $105-$135 per square foot

 

Tom has estimated he will need for 200 square feet on his second floor to accommodate his 2 grandkids, a bunkbed and a ½ bath.  He takes the $105 and multiplies it by 200 for a low range of $21,000.  He then takes the $135 and multiplies it by 200 for a high range of $27,000.

 

Second Floor Cost Range: $21,000 – $27,000

 

Now take your price range and multiply it by your second floor’s square footage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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