Mrs. Publinsky and her husband, Xander, are planning their dream house. The lot for
the house sits high on a hill with a beautiful view of the White Mountains. The plans
show the size of the house to be 2,900 square feet. The average price for a lot and
house similar to this one has been $150 per square foot. Fortunately, Xander is a retired
plumber and feels he can save money by installing the plumbing himself. Mrs.
Publinsky feels she can take care of the interior decorating. They both feel they can
complete the exterior painting with the help of their two sons.
The following average cost information is available from a local bank that makes
loans to local contractors and dispenses progress payments to contractors when
specific tasks are verified as complete.
25% Excavation and framing complete
8% Roof and fireplace complete
3% Wiring roughed in
6% Plumbing roughed in
5% Siding on
17% Windows, insulation, walks, plaster, and garage complete
9% Furnace installed
4% Plumbing fixtures installed
5% Exterior painting complete
4% Light fixtures installed, finish hardware installed
6% Carpet and trim installed
4% Interior decorating
4% Floors laid and finished
a. What is the estimated cost for the Publinskys’ house if they use contractors
to complete all of the house?
b. Estimate what the cost of the house would be if the Publinskys used their talents to do
some of the work themselves.