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Hi,

I recently presented a sketch to a builder for a very small (@ 1000 sq ft) home to be added on a subdividable back section behind an existing house. It is my desire to keep the cost of this second house as low as possible. The rough plan I presented to the builder was a simple rectangle, but he has told me that a square plan is more economical. I can't wrap my head around that - shouldn't four corners = four corners? Is there really significant savings to be had in building rectangle vs square?
 

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Expand the concept. Think of it as 10 X 100 = 1000 sq. ft. = 220 linear ft of wall, in sq config. 1000 sq. ft. = 31.62 per wall X 4 = 126.5 lin. ft.
See the savings now?
 
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