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What Does it Cost to Build a House?

What Does it Cost to Build a House?



Or what is your square foot price? These are questions I get asked almost daily, I personally don’t think that there is a fair answer. I love trucks; so, that’s the example I am going to use. What package do you want on it? XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited.  It is based on what you are wanting and what you are willing to pay for. The same applies to your home.


Cost Ranges

These numbers are for example purposes .We can take them a 2000 sq foot house and build it as a “base” model  on a slab with builder grade items it may be around $180 a sq foot. ($360,000) Then, we can take the same home and add hardie siding, black some stone on the foundation, higher efficiency Heat/Air Unit, Real hardwood floors, and add elegant quartz tops with high end cabinets. Well that same home is now $225 per sq foot.($450,000).  Let’s add a basement, meaning higher foundation cost, more stone or brick to cover to exposed foundation, the same home is now at $248 per sq ft ($496,000).


Technical Factors

When it comes to your home, there are some items that will be decided by your land. We can do a slab foundation less than we can do a cost of a basement. But a unfinished basement will drive up your sq foot price. Because instead of spending 15k on a foundation you are spending 45k on a basement. If you decided to finish the basement it is more money now but it will lower the sq for price over all.  Some of the items items are do we have to clear the land, is the drive way 30’ or 200’ how long is the water line running? How is the soil? Can we do a conditional septic or is it on city sewer? All of this things will effect your per square foot price.


Final Quotes and Expectations

Its not fair for me to give you a square foot price and give you an unrealistic price on your biggest investment. The overall cost is within the details of what you want and any specifics of your property. Building your home should be a fun and enjoyable experience with realistic expectations.


Adam Debuty

President and Licensed Contractor