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.
DIMENSIONS BASICS
When to Use  When Not to Use  Installing Dimensions
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Calculated Dimensions  Entering Locations CONSTRUCTION DIMENSIONS
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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:
 Choose Estimates from the Income menu.
 Click the New button, or choose New Record from the Edit menu, or find an existing estimate.
 Enter an account, estimate name and other details for the Estimate.
 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 highernumbered
layouts are calculated from dimensions on the previous layouts.
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