SOURCE: Hanley Wood

April 02, 2007 11:08 ET

Hanley Wood Announces New House Plans Partnership

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 2, 2007 -- Hanley Wood and COBS Homes have joined to launch a state-of-the-art Cost-to-Build Tool, developed by COBS Homes.

"The single most-asked question by prospective custom home-building customers is 'How much will it cost me to build?'" according to Andrew Schultz, Hanley Wood Business Media Vice President for House Plans marketing. "While there are a number of estimating information sources and tools available, we believe the Cost-to-Build Tool is the most comprehensive, flexible and accurate service on the market."

Each Cost-to-Build estimate is customized to the house plan a customer is considering. For $29.95, customers enjoy a 30-day access to the Cost-to-Build Tool that enables them to enter all their preferences for materials and quality levels and get a real-time estimate of the impact on their budget. Then, they can make trade-offs (say to have butcher block counters instead of granite, or laminate flooring instead of hardwood) to stay within their budget or better estimate their construction loan needs. Other cost-to-build services require customers to choose an overall construction quality for the entire project. Customers want flexibility to choose exactly where they want to splurge and what they are willing to sacrifice. That is what this new service provides.

The power of the Cost-to-Build Tool comes from COBS Homes' expertise in building houses all over the country and accessing vast databases of real-time pricing to provide up-to-date estimates. Plus, a customized version of the tool is available for every one of the thousands of house plans found on

About COBS Homes

Founded in 2000, COBS Homes (Complete Owner Builder Services) is a Carlsbad, California-based construction service and information technology company that assists customers seeking to build their own homes as owner-builders or project managers of their construction projects. COBS also provides access to a nationwide vendor supply chain for the best possible prices on materials. For more information about COBS Homes, please visit

About Hanley Wood

Hanley Wood, LLC, is the premier media and information company serving housing and construction. Through four operating divisions, the company produces award-winning magazines and Web sites, marquee trade shows and events, rich data and custom marketing solutions. The company also is North America's leading publisher of home plans. Hanley Wood Business Media (Washington, D.C.) publishes 30 award-winning residential and commercial construction titles, including BUILDER, REMODELING, CUSTOM HOME, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION and residential architect. Hanley Wood Business Media also offers the construction industry's foremost collection of Web sites, including BUILDER ONLINE, REMODELING ONLINE, and ebuild, the comprehensive online guide to building products, as well as the largest collection of house plans online through and Dream Home Source.

Founded in 1976, Hanley Wood is a $250 million company owned by affiliates of JPMorgan Partners, LLC. CCMP Capital Advisors manages the Hanley Wood investment for JPMorgan Partners.

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