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Q. What information do I need to know when building a house?

Below are questions Mt Hamill Lumber will have for you to complete your blueprints. If you don't know the answers before coming in, don't worry, we will explain and quide you through the process.
  • Exterior walls 2X6 or 2X4.
  • Wall height.
  • Kind of joist system.
  • Roof pitch.
  • Overhang depth.
  • Ceiling height.
  • Roof type.
  • Siding type?
  • Window type?
  • Basement type?
  • Deck and Porch?

Q. How much does it cost to have a set of blue prints made?

Depending on structure, most houses are $0.32 per square foot of living area. For example, a 1500 square foot home would cost $480.00 to have the blue prints drawn. You do get ½ of that cost credited back to your account upon purchase of building material package from Mt Hamill Lumber. One house one fee.

Q. What happens if I make changes on my project and the blueprints need to be updated?

We will do small changes at no charge. Our draftsman and sales people will guide you and make recommendations during the drawing of your blueprints. It is very important to contact us when a project is early in the design phase. The benefit of early involvement is a reduction of issues when final blueprints are delivered. Delays and changes can be kept to a minimum leading to quicker project completion.


Q. How long will it take to complete my blueprints?

It usually takes about two weeks for our draftsman to complete a set of prints.


Q. How many sets of blue prints will I get exactly?

You will get as many blueprints sets as you need to build your structure. We can enlarge, reverse, shrink, and email your prints.

Q. What is the next step after my prints are done?

Your foundation will be poured, and then your sales person from Mt Hamill Lumber will come out and measure the completed foundation. After we are sure of measurements we will then start ordering rafters and floor systems.

Q. Can you give me an accurate cost of my new home or remodel?

This is an extremely hard question to answer. There are many factors involved in building a house or doing a remodel. A general rule of thumb is $150.00 to $200.00 per square foot of living space. It depends on how high end you want to go with building materials such as windows, doors, siding, and roofing. The interior of your home plays a big role as well, cabinets, interior doors, trim, and flooring costs can differ significantly. Several other factors are labor, foundation, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc. Plan early, get estimates, stick to original plan, and stay away from expensive upgrades.

Q. Will my new home or remodel be energy efficient after completion?

New construction and extensive remodels are definitely more energy efficient than older homes. When designing a new home, many basic decisions affect energy consumption. Listed below are ways to make your new home more energy efficient.
  • Install energy-efficient windows and doors.
  • Install high R-value insulation. High R-value equals greater the insulating effectiveness.
  • Install energy efficient HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system.
  • Install energy efficient appliances and electronics.
  • Install energy efficient lighting.

With a growing demand for energy–efficient homes, investing in a newly built home now can mean an increased value in the future and lower bills today.


Q. Windows, roofing, siding, cabinets, doors, trusses, floor systems, & more.Help, I’m not building material product savvy, how I am ever going to make all these decisions?

Our sales personnel are very product knowledgeable and are more than happy to guide you through your entire building project. You can rest assured we will help you make decisions based on your needs and budget