Ok, so here's what I've learned this week:
Subcontractors think you're stupid. They'll say they will charge you $1 a sqft, and then decide your house is 6,000 sqft. Show them you are not stupid. Before they get started on any work, be sure you've sat down with them and work the numbers. A pen, paper, and calculator will save you thousands. They may take it upon themselves to do extra work for you. Thank them, but don't allow them to charge you.
To hook up water/sewer lines to your house in the City of Bremerton, you must pay $10,800!!! In 2009, it'll be $11,300. Who needs water?? At least electricity and gas are cheap $561 and $0.
Oh, and this is AWESOME! If you like board and batten siding, then purchase Smart Soffit, rather than Smart Panels. Same material only half the cost. Another cost saver was the nails we purchased. Instead of buying 8 penny coil nails, you may be able to buy 6 penny coil nails at half the cost. See pics below.