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How much does it cost to build a house?

31 Dec

This is the main question after you have made a decision to get your own house built. Well, house can be built for less than $25,000 and it can cost you more than $500,000. It depends on many things: how big is your home, will you build it by yourself, choice of materials and building techniques etc. etc. etc…
An easy and fast way to get an idea about costings is comparison with new houses on sale in your local area. Look at newly constructed homes that are similar in size, style, quality, and features to the home you want. Take the price of the home, deduct the price of the land, and divide that amount by the square footage of the home.
For example, if the home is being sold for $200,000 and the land costs $30,000, then the construction cost is around $170,000. If the home is 2,000 square feet, then the cost per square foot is $85. Use several new homes in your area to get an approximate square footage price. After you have calculated an average square footage cost, you will multiply that cost by the finished square footage of your house plan to get a rough estimate.

More exact method would be calculating a construction budget item-by-item. Here’s a budget template to help you out.

The most expensive areas in a home are the bathrooms and the kitchen. The number of windows/doors and the size and quality of windows/doors can also affect the cost. Vaulted ceilings and high roof pitches can significantly increase the cost of a home.

Why visual planning is good for your business?

28 Sep

You wouldn’t head out on a family vacation without some idea of where you were going, what you were going to do when you got there, and how long you were going to stay, right?
Then why would you try to run your business without answering any of those questions?!
As knowledgeable or as passionate as you may be about your industry, you can’t expect to see success if you’re flying blind. Until you come up with a plan, you and your employees will never be on the same page.
And that’s where visual planning comes in!
Visual planning is a business term that simply means coming up with a strategy for your business — whether it’s a plan for a new product, for a special project, or for the way your company operates as a whole. After all, unless everyone knows what the end goal is, you won’t be able to work efficiently to get there!
Thanks to visual planning software (like Ganttic), you can keep everyone on the same page, without having to hold a bunch of meetings or waste a ton of time. Instead, everyone can have the details of the plan right on their computer screens.
That way, when it comes time to reschedule something, change something, or evaluate something, everyone will be able to see it. Plus, everyone will be able to see what everyone else is responsible for. It’s like getting a bird’s eye view of the entire project!
Luckily, visual planning isn’t tough to do. In fact, here at Ganttic, we designed our software to be as user-friendly as possible (with things like color-coding and click-and-drag). That way, you spend less time fiddling with the software and more time working towards your goals…
…Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to be?!

Traditional Gantt charts have new functions in Ganttic

31 Jan

The market for planning tools is huge. Most businesses plan operations and/or projects and schedule their resources in house, yet the choice of tools for this task is fairly limited. Ganttic has created a program to ensure that the necessary tools are in place for businesses that want the planning to be easily done, but not overly simplistic.

There are other tools that offer similar functionality to Ganttic: are web based (easy to share with nothing to install), affordable, scalable and easy to learn. However, other programs have not managed to bring all of these qualities together in one package. Cells in Excel can be color-coded for an easy and affordable organization method, but the program is not very functional for this purpose and sharing routine updates among users can be complicated. Microsoft Project offers incredible functionality, but it is expensive and has a steep learning curve. Some web-based solutions are able to eliminate some of the complications of Project to offer a program that is easy to maintain and share, but that can still have complicated operations and break the budget in the process.

Developers of previous programs have not understood that most planners simply want to customize taskbars, group them by project and rearrange them by simple drag and drop functionality. Ganttic does not intend to take the place of more complex programs, but rather targeting the audiences that are satisfied with a simpler program. Building a skyscraper or restructuring a large governmental institute will require project managers with extensive experience and complex tools, but smaller companies need to have a technology on hand that will allow input from workers at all levels.

Ganttic allows users to plan out the minutiae of each project with little hassle and a stellar ability to share it across the board. A project can encompass hundreds of tiny details, and each one needs to be accounted for to avoid any surprises that can have an impact on time and budget. Ganttic operates as a step between hiring an expert project manager and posting charts on a conference room wall, ensuring that you can control details and ensure that the contracted workers don’t show up a day before the materials are delivered.

This program is sure to save businesses a large amount of precious resources such as time and money. To prove this, Ganttic offers a free account for small businesses and flexible pricing arrangements. Try a demo at www.ganttic.com

 

Ganttic got another great review from experts

7 Oct

Web-Based-Software.com is a business-oriented Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) directory. We’ve been gathering the best web applications and constantly update our directory, which has been ever-growing since its launch in 2001. Read the original article from here.
Overview Presentation
Ganttic is a Gantt chart oriented project scheduling software. Those who can’t live without a Gantt chart in front of their eyes everyday must give Ganttic a test drive. Resources, processes, projects and tasks are planned right from the Gantt chart. For the visual type and every team seeking for efficient real-time collaboration, this product is simply amazing.
A Gantt Chart at the Core
Ganttic puts the Gantt chart in the spotlight, more than Microsoft Project does. In Project, the default view is a Gantt, but in Ganttic, the whole planning is done in the Gantt chart directly. Furthermore, seldom have we seen simpler project and task scheduling than in Ganttic. Basically, you create processes (usually teams) and resources (human and material). Then, you adjust default view settings for the Gantt (timerange and other parameters), then create users, and a project. Finally, you create tasks, which is, as mentioned already, extremely simple.
Simple may sound cliché, but in Ganttic, it is without a doubt the best word to describe task scheduling. Essentially, you click on the timeline where the task begins, drag your mouse to the end of the task and release the button. A window then pops up, you specify the task’s details and you are done. Custom fields and properties can be defined, which provide a high level of customization and flexibility.
Features
Although Gantt charts are very useful for scheduling in general and project managers specifically, they do not provide the information pie charts, PERT charts and other graphs do. Besides a Gantt chart, Ganttic only offers custom, saveable table-based reports. There is no calendar view either, which is disappointing. Nevertheless, once you get used to scheduling in the Gantt chart, using a calendar can become optional. Although the Gantt is, to a certain extent, an “all-in-one” report, this type of view is not appreciated by everyone.
Ganttic’s feature set has no bells and whistles. They focus on efficient project planning rather than a number of features. This is a wise strategy and what they do, they do great.
Navigation
It is rather easy to navigate within the application, thanks to the tabs on the left-hand side. The information section for task, project and other information at the bottom can be resized at your convenience or hidden. Settings are easy to find and configure, and item creation is easy to achieve. We have not struggled with anything with regards to navigation.
Free… For Real
Ganttic offers a real free package, which is not a trial. For up to 5 users and 10 resources, Ganttic can be used for free, forever. No strings attached. For more than 5 users and/or 10 resources , pricing is on a per-seat basis, with a special offer for 100+ users.
The Bottom Line
If your organization needs to schedule resources, projects, tasks and processes in real-time, in a flash, and improve your team’s efficiency collaboration-wise in the end, Ganttic is a product you should consider. Furthermore, if you like Gantt charts, Ganttic will serve you well in this regard, as the Gantt is actually the heart of the product. If you live by the Gantt, then Ganttic is for you!