Estimating for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition

Estimating for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition

Item #: 310-9470-11
ISBN: 111130887X
ISBN13: 9781111308872
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Manufacturer: Cengage Learning
Format: Paperback
Product Type: 2011 Estimating for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition

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The newly updated 2nd Edition of Estimating for Residential Construction

Estimating for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition provides a very visual, reader-friendly introduction to processes as it details the steps involved in accurately preparing a cost estimate. In his signature clear, straightforward writing style, proven author David Pratt explains 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. He also covers the impact of green building practices. The book offers specifics on how to prepare a bill of materials from a takeoff, summarize and prepare a bid for a custom home, assess markup on an estimate, and review a bid before it is submitted to the client. It covers the basic math of residential work early on, devotes an entire chapter to remodeling, and provides "tips of the trade" from professionals in every chapter. In addition, the Second Edition is linked to a Student Companion Website, where instructors and students can access spreadsheets to assist in estimating tasks and problems. 352 pp.


  • Ensures readers are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need for success as accurate and efficient residential construction estimators.
  • Modern approach to estimating includes the use of computers; ensuring readers keep pace with industry standards.
  • Thorough coverage explains how to prepare bid forms and deal with alternate prices, allowances, and bid security, while detailed examples illustrate how estimating work is compiled.
  • Numerous illustrations and examples, and a sample set of house plans are used as an example throughout to highlight key estimating concepts.
  • A list of conversions and equations used in estimating is included in the appendices as a helpful, quick-reference resource for students.

New to this Edition:

  • Completely up to date with the latest practices in the field, Estimating for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition includes the most current methods of preliminary estimates and examples of how these methods are applied.
  • All-new carpentry examples include measuring carpentry work for alternative roof systems.
  • Added examples provide step-by-step procedure for a complete computer estimate of a small condominium project using MC2 ICE software.
  • New material on green building and sustainable construction offers thorough discussions on how the green building movement is impacting estimates.
  • Helping readers maximize their time and efficiency, the new edition includes additional estimating shortcuts, offering more illustrations of quick methods and coverage of how shortcuts can be effectively applied in estimating.

Table of Contents:

  • 1. Introduction.
  • 2. Arithmetic and Principles of Measurement.
  • 3. Measuring Excavation and Sitework.
  • 4. Measuring Concrete Work.
  • 5. Measuring Carpentry Work.
  • 6. Measuring Masonry and Finishes.
  • 7. Estimating Plumbing, HVAC and Electrical.
  • 8. Pricing General Expenses.
  • 9. Pricing the Work.
  • 10. Pricing Contractor-Owned Equipment.
  • 11. Subcontracting Work.
  • 12. Estimate Summaries and Bids.
  • 13. Estimates for Remodeling Work.
  • 14. Computer Estimate.

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