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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 Pratt,

David Pratt is a construction cost consultant and quantity surveyor. He has taught courses in construction estimating and cost management at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) and is a lecturer in construction costing at the University of Calgary. Mr. Pratt has been a long-time member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, and he holds degrees in quantity surveying from Liverpool College of Building and in economics from the University of Calgary.
  • dedicated coverage focuses entirely on the estimating process for success as an accurate and efficient residential construction estimator
  • employs a modern approach to estimating that includes the use of computers so that readers can keep pace with industry standards
  • coverage explains how to prepare bid forms and deal with alternate prices, allowances, and bid security, with detailed examples that show how estimating work is compiled
  • each chapter includes a list of related websites to encourage students to expand their knowledge of the subject matter, as well as a set of review questions an practice problems to allow them to apply what they have learned
  • all discussions include numerous illustrations and examples for added clarification including a sample set of house plans that are used as an example through out the book to illustrate important estimating concepts
  • features a list of conversions and equations used in estimating in the appendices which serves as a helpful resource for students
  • an online companion is available to supplement the book, including Power Points and chapter quizzes to help evaluate student comprehension of the material
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

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  • ISBN-10: 1401879470
  • ISBN-13: 9781401879471
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $157.25
  • RETAIL $208.95

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Instructor's Resource

ISBN: 9781111308889
The Instructor Resources CD-ROM is an instructor resource which commonly includes PowerPoint presentations for each core textbook chapter, computerized test bank, Instructor's Manual, and other text-specific resources.