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what product gives framing material lists?

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I downloaded the trial version and it seems like the suite gives in the material list the # of studs and drywall you need but I am wondering if the cheaper products do the same thing.

I am using the software to remodel a basement. I have the place completely gutted and am designing the walls and door for the layout and I need a list of how much drywall and studs I need for the project.

 

Does anyone have any insite on which version of software would be my best bet?

 

Thanks!

 

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The matrix is where my question comes from,

When you look at the Cost estimating part, the cheaper ones say "interior materials" and "House materials" while the Suite and higher says "advanced Project cost estimator".

Does "interior materials" mean inside framing? In the trial version it does give me the inside framing and drywall, but the trail is the Suite so that is why I am asking before I spend the money on something that will not do what I need it to do.

Thanks for the rough estimate. That is how I used to do it but since I no longer have a truck to get stuff, I need to use the shipping cost the my best advantage and not have allot left over that I have to get rid of.

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You didn't mention the Matrix so I thought a good place to start but did not look at it myself as I have Pro/Premier , but you will have to call Sales on Monday as I don't know what Int. Materials or House Materials means sorry , I am just an end user like you.

 

I do know that the ML is only as accurate as your model , so anything you want on the list you have to put in the model , eg HD defaults to using 4x8' drywall which isn't the best way to do Board, you want as few sheet joins as possible , so you want 10' or 12' board on walls that long etc. It only does basic take offs too it does not allow of nails,bolts, glue, hangers etc etc ie not in the Model , not in the ML. I have basically stopped using it (Contractor) as I don't trust it except for basic stuff , but do a search on this Forum and at Chieftalk on Material List to find out a bit more about it , maybe you can get away with the Cheapest title if all you need is 3D visualization since it sounds like you can do a take off the old way, and you should check the ML's figures yourself as it only calculates sqft's and with no Waste.

 

M.

 

EDIT : the matrix seems to say the ML in Suite is the same as Pro so perhaps worth spending the extra $20-40 over Int. or Essent.

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Thanks Kbird1 for all your information. You are right what is $20 if I know it will do what I need? Am purchasing it suite now and getting started on my basement. Still cleaning it out to the point that I can start building.

 

thanks again for your help!

 

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