Q: I received an estimate back from my home builder and the total came in above our budget. Now what?"
A: It's time to start reducing the square footage in places that matter.
Here's the deal. Cost-reduction is many times a necessity. The trick is to recognize you have to reduce cost from the places that matter most. Many people assume that if the first estimate came in at $110/SF and the house was reduced by 100 SF than the estimate would automatically come down $11,000.