I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
what it costs to build in my area.
I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Cut corners on materials to meet a budget... Uh huh. This wouldn't
be your first spec house would it?
There's too much shit in the world as it is. Cut down on the size
before you start cutting corners on materials.
You're starting to sound like Bogie (Frank McCloud) in Key Largo:
Johnny Rocco: There's only one Johnny Rocco.
James Temple: How do you account for it?
Frank McCloud: He knows what he wants. Don't you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Sure.
James Temple: What's that?
Frank McCloud: Tell him, Rocco.
Johnny Rocco: Well, I want uh ...
Frank McCloud: He wants more, don't you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Yeah. That's it. More. That's right! I want more!
James Temple: Will you ever get enough?
Frank McCloud: Will you, Rocco?
Johnny Rocco: Well, I never have. No, I guess I won't. You, do you know what
Frank McCloud: Yes, I had hopes once, but I gave them up.
Johnny Rocco: Hopes for what?
Frank McCloud: A world in which there's no place for Johnny Rocco.
You can always hire a cost consultant, but if you are a small contractor
or building yourself, there's always Means's guides:
Means applies a cost differential for every locale and every constructio
material and subspecialty. For example, perhaps your locale has cheaper
bricklaying but more expensive finish carpentry, average drywall, more
expensive precast concrete,+ whatever. Knowing your local cost data can
actually help you design because you will be using trades and materials
cheaperfor your locale. But having a professional suggest the life
cycle cost of one design over another is a valuable above those
calculations. For example, the energy savings of one kind of building
envelope above another.
For Seattle, I'd definately consider the effect of mold on any given
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