We looked for foundation/cement contractors online. We were not happy with the results. So we networked through the local concrete supplier, Kens Concrete of Goodrich, and they gave us the name of a contractor named Brad Dunn. We were immediately impressed with his ability to share knowledge and explain his process so it was easy to understand. His price of $10,600.00 was competitive with 2 other contractors and he offered to dig for our perk test at no additional charge. For whatever reason, Brad became someone we felt we could trust, and he did not let us down.
We sent our material list to 3 lumber yards for quotes. 1 of the lumber yards did not even get back with us. Of the 2 quotes we had, Menards was by far the cheapest, plus we bought during the 11% rebate and save even more. we was skeptical to choose Menards, they have a bit of a reputation for low quality items, mostly their tools, light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, etc. But, in the case of lumber, we had good experiences building our 12x16 barn, so we decided to go with them. Turned out to be a great choice, free delivery, no haggle returns, access to their Truss engineer, great tips on building techniques and much more. We were very happy with that experience.
My estimate for Lumber and materials was about 30K. Out total material costs came in around 25K. The 11% rebate was applied to the steel roof and made the overall cost effective.
Below is the RFQ for lumber