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House Project Instructions

Geometry

House Project

A chance for you to use your skills in geometry for something that has real world meaning


Geometry House Project

Your company has been asked to design and build a scale model of a house.  The details of your house are below.  There is no price limit on your house, but I will be looking for the house that gets the most amounts of square footage and amenities for the least amount of money.  In other words be efficient with your design.

Details:

The house must be built on a piece of land that has already been bought. The land is a 1/2 acre in area.  The land is in Spartanburg County.  The house must have at least three bedrooms, closets, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, a living area, a laundry room, a garage, and an added room to be used as an home office.  The back yard must be fenced in so that it can keep a dog in it.  The front and back yards must have grass put down.  You may use either type of grass listed. The grass must cover the whole area.

Price List:

Builder (only does frame/drywall):                            Dragon Concrete Company:

Price per square foot                $75                              Cubic Yard of Concrete           $75

General Supplies:

Grass seed………………………………………………………...$0.15/sq foot

Grass sod (450 sq. ft.)………………………………………….….$ 425/palette

Paint Interior (400 sq. ft.)…………………………………….…..$15.95/gallon

Hardwood Floors…………………………………………….…..$3.45 sq. foot

Carpet…………………………………………………………...$18.95 sq yard

Ceramic Tile……………………………………………………..$1.95 sq. foot

Wood Fence …………………………………………………………..$12/foot

Wire Mesh Fence……………………………………………………$3.50/foot

Final Report:

You will turn in a final report which must include the following:

1.  ( 50 points)A complete, accurate, detailed scale “blueprint” of your house floor plan.

     1.  Must include all measurements for walls, floors, etc.

     2.  Must include total square footage

     3. The house must be at least 20 feet from the border of the land.

     4. Be sure to include the scale at which the drawing was made.

2. (10 points)At least two other “views” of the house.

3. (25 Points)A Price list for the supplies you used:

  1. Concrete: the foundation needs to be at least twelve(12) inches thick
  2. The driveway and sidewalk have to be at least four(4) inches thick
  3. Interior Paint: the walls on the inside will be 8 feet tall
  4. Flooring:  You have to include at least two different types of flooring.  (e.g. tile in the kitchen and bathroom, and carpet everywhere else.)
  5. Grass: grass must cover the total amount of land that the house is not built on.
  6. Appliances: you have $3000 to purchase appliances (i.e. microwave, refrigerator, etc.  List prices for each and where you found these prices.
  7. Mortgage Costs: Research what it would cost to have a 15 year loan at a 4.9% rate and a 30 year loan at 4.75% rate, given you put 10% of the total price as a down payment.  Then decide which would be better.

                                                           i.    Find out the monthly payments

                                                         ii.      Find out the total amount paid

                                                        iii.   Find out the total amount of interest paid would be

                           iiii. Find out the cost per square footage (Divide the total cost by the total square footage)

4. (10 points) Group Participation

5. (5 points) Create a sales flyer like you would find in a real estate office or a house that is for sale that lists the amenities, the costs, and gives a picture (drawn) and the floor plan.

6. Possible extra points:

  1. A scale replica of the house
  2. An actual drawn blueprint. (Not a computer drawn image.)

 Other Notes:

·        You may choose to work by yourself or with a group of no more than 4 people whom you get to choose.

·        You may use the computers to type out or make any of the reports that you are putting  together.

·        The project will be turned in and presented on:

o       May 29, 2009

***You are not allowed to use a computer simulation like “Home Architect” or “Home Designer”.  Everything must be drawn by hand using pencil, ink, and graph or white paper.

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