Construction Dimensions

This section explains the dimension layouts that are included in the Construction Starter File.

They will help you to use the Goldenseal construction estimating software to figure construction costs in residential and light commercial building projects.

       When to Use | When Not to Use | Installing Dimensions
       Entering Dimensions | Using Calculated Dimensions | Entering Locations

       Basic Dimensions | Foundations | Roof Dimensions | Structural
       Exteriors | Windows & Doors | Finish Dimensions | Room Dimensions
       Construction Details

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       Construction Estimating Software | Construction Software | Estimating Software

       Assemblies | Cost Items | Calculated Dimensions | Dimensions | Estimates

When to Use Construction Dimensions

Construction dimensions are most useful for larger construction projects that include a wide variety of work. For example, they will definitely help you for room additions, new construction, and major remodeling projects.

Use the construction dimensions if you need to do any of the following types of cost estimation:

  • New Construction estimates
  • Remodeling estimates
  • Insurance repair estimates
  • "Gut and rehab" estimates
  • Estimates for building additions
  • Estimates for room remodeling
You can use the construction dimensions for any of the following types of projects:
  • Estimating Residential projects
  • Estimating Light Commercial projects
  • Estimating Building repairs
  • Estimating Property maintenance
You can also use them for estimating just part of a project, if you are a subcontractor:
  • Estimating Framing work
  • Estimating Roofing work
  • Estimating Painting or siding work
  • Estimating Drywall and plaster work
  • Estimating Foundation and masonry work
  • Estimating Electrical work
  • Estimating Plumbing work

When Not to Use Dimensions

Dimensions are not useful for very small projects that don't include many items, or that don't cover a large area.

For example, you can probably skip dimensions for the following types of projects:

  • Decks
  • Bathroom remodeling
  • Minor repairs

Installing Dimensions

If you start with the Construction Starter File, your company file will automatically include the layouts and calculators for construction estimating.

If you start with a new (empty) file or some other Starter File, you can import the construction dimension layouts and calculators.

Entering Dimensions

To enter estimate dimensions, follow these steps:

  1. Choose Estimates from the Income menu.
  2. Click the New button, or choose New Record from the Edit menu, or find an existing estimate.
  3. Enter an account, estimate name and other details for the Estimate.
  4. Choose Estimate DImensions from the Options menu, and choose one of the dimension layouts.

HINT-- It's usually best to go through the dimension layouts in numerical order.  Dimensions on the higher-numbered layouts are calculated from dimensions on the previous layouts.