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Land and Site Development Cost: What to Expect Buying & Developing Land

How much does it cost to develop land for building, and what is involved? This guide to residential site development costs outlines the processes involved in separating a lot from a larger parcel and preparing it to build a house on. We’re talking about residential lot development costs; the process is usually more complex and costly for commercial land development. Steps to Preparing Land For Sale Before selling land for residential building, certain steps must be taken. This article is directed to land buyers, but knowing what goes into land development from the seller’s side provides insight into factors that determine how much land costs. It’s more than just “location, location, location.” […]

By | August 27th, 2017|Land Development|0 Comments

Land Survey Cost vs. a Plot Plan – When Do you Need a Land Survey?

There are many reasons to have land surveyed, whether it is property you own or a piece of ground you’re considering buying. This article answers questions about: When to have land surveyed Preparing for a land survey What the survey includes Who pays for the survey The cost of a land survey and factors that determine cost Affordable alternatives to a land survey The Reasons for a Land Survey The surveyor has one of two primary tasks in each surveying job: Precisely establish a parcel’s legal boundaries when it has not been surveyed before, mapping those boundaries and producing a legal description of the boundaries that determine what ground the parcel entails Determine where the boundary lines are on a previously surveyed parcel. For example, the survey might read something like: “Southwest quarter of Northwest quarter (SW ¼ of NW ¼) and East Half of Southeast quarter of Southwest quarter (E½ SE¼ SW¼) of Section four (4), Forest Township, containing ten (10) acres of land, more or less.” A surveyor uses the information to determine what area constitutes the parcel legally described. The surveyor works to find the metal pins used to mark the corners of a surveyed parcel or establish where those pins should be placed. […]

By | August 27th, 2017|Land Surveys|0 Comments

Site Plans in Maricopa County, AZ – How to Get your Plot Plan Approved

According to the Maricopa County Planning and Developing Department, a site plan must be obtained almost any time a building permit is required. We reached out to various building departments, and their representatives said that a site plan is required for any alteration larger than upgrading an electric panel. This general principle holds for local cities too. You can always contact your local building department to determine if your proposed project requires a permit and/or a site plan. This guide will help you get a site plan that Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Glendale, Temple and other metropolitan cities in Arizona require for developing or altering property. If your city doesn’t have a planning department, then a Maricopa County site plan is needed. The terms “site plan”, “plot plan” and “concept plan” are used interchangeably. — You will like encounter the terms when reviewing the documents or hear it when discussing your plans with an architect or public official in Arizona. The topics covered in this guide: What a site plan is When to get a site plan Where to submit the site plan What a Maricopa County site plan or local city site plan must include How to get a site plan or plot plan Getting your site plan approved […]

By | August 22nd, 2017|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Small House Movement: The Cost to Build a Tiny House – What to Expect?

"Yea, I know what a tiny house is, I live in one." Many people who wake up every day in cramped living quarters feel like they ARE living in tiny homes. But there are folks, more and more as the years trickle by, who seek out smaller spaces, wanting a simpler, more efficient life. These [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Design, Green Home Ideas, Green Living, Tiny Houses|0 Comments

Demolition Projects: Costs, What to Expect, Permitting, Planning – What You Need to Know

How much does it cost to demolish a house? What methods are used for home demolition? What factors affect home demolition cost? — These are the topics covered in this comprehensive guide to home demolition costs that includes important information homeowners need to know about the project. Complete Home Demolition Costs via Fort Carson Mountaineer You’ve got a great piece of property but the old home or building on it must come down to make way for what you want to build. Here are the steps to take and itemized building demolition costs for each. Demolition permits and inspections costs: A qualified building inspector will inspect the home or building to determine the safest, most effective manner to demolish it given the structure’s condition, materials used in its construction and surrounding buildings or streets. An engineer might be required to develop the demolition plan, and that will put the costs at the high end of the spectrum. Range: $220 to $850 Average: $350 […]

By | July 16th, 2017|Demolition Projects|0 Comments

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New House: Itemized Construction Costs 2017

The cost to build a house includes a large number of components and variables based on site factors, design and materials. There’s a lot of information to tackle, but that’s what we’re here to do. You won’t find a more comprehensive, itemized list of costs for building a home from initial site work on a vacant lot to the finished product. This home construction cost guide covers: Land development costs and fees Foundation costs Framing costs Exterior finish costs such as siding and roofing Interior rough-ins such as plumbing and electrical Interior finish costs from drywall to flooring, cabinets and countertops Final grading and landscaping Driveway and deck In each section, you’ll find: a price range and an average cost for that phase, factors affecting cost, percentage of the whole cost that each phase represents, potential pitfalls and a timeline for each phase of development and construction. Average Home Size According to the US Census Bureau, the average size of new homes in 2016 was 2,497 square feet. That’s the size we use for the average costs below. Let’s jump into residential home construction costs from start to finish: Residential Construction Site Work Cost Average cost: $14,355 Cost range: $10,000 to $25,000 Share of total home cost: 5.6% Overview: These are fixed costs regardless of home size. This phase involves the work needed to make vacant land habitable. Engineers inspect the property to determine whether it is buildable, where the home (and well and septic field, if applicable) should go and how the site should be graded for drainage. The more complex the site and home, the higher these fees will be. Water on the property typically raises the costs significantly, as an impact study must be done. The design, engineering and studies are often done for entire developments, so the absolute costs might be higher, but cost is less on a per-home basis. Time frame: 4-10 weeks depending on the complexity of the inspections and engineering and the workload of the engineers Potential pitfalls: Finding wetlands on the property or a water table so high it prohibits building or the installation of a basement or standard drain field, delays in getting site reports completed or plans approved. Here is a breakdown of the average costs of the steps involved in permitting, planning and preparation process: Permits, fees and inspections: $3,650 Impact study cost, if required: $1,750 Architecture & site engineering fees: $4,600 City water hookup: $1,500 or Well: $4,500 City sewer hookup: $2,300 or Standard septic system: $3,700 or Engineered (mound) septic system: $13,500 […]

By | July 13th, 2017|Home Construction|0 Comments

20 Amazing In-Ground Swimming Pool Designs, Plus Costs 2017

In-ground pools significantly improve the value of your home. It’s true that the cost of building one is nothing to sneeze at, but the fun and enjoyment value you get may be worth the investment for some. What to Expect in Terms of Costs As a rule of thumb, you can expect to pay about $50 per sq. ft. to install a typical in-ground swimming pool. The price goes higher if you want more depth. You also have to take into account additional costs related to accessories like pumps, heaters, ladders and filters, as well as cleaning tools, covers, and chemicals to keep the pool clean. […]

By | June 15th, 2017|Swimming Pools|0 Comments

Top 20 Shipping Container Home Designs and their Costs 2017

There is a hot new trend: shipping container homes. Basically, you modify and re-purpose used shipping containers and stick them together to build a house. Architects, designers and builders have actually found a way to transform big boxes of steel into beautiful and fully-functional homes. With proper planning, you can endeavor to design and build a luxurious house for half the price of a “normal” house. 🙂 Let’s talk a bit about the costs of building a shipping container house. Base cost to build per container: There are two standard sizes for shipping containers: 20 x 8 x 8 ft. covering a surface of 160 sq. ft. and 40 x 8 x 8 with a surface of 320 sq. ft. A used 20-footer costs anywhere between $1,400 and $2,800, whereas a 40-footer costs $3,500 – $4,500. You will also have to pay for labor (about $50-$150 per hour) and for the modifications needed to make the container livable. Expect to pay at least $10,000 for labor, more likely $15,000. If you are planning to design and build your very own shipping container home, then it’s important to note that in many cases it may be necessary to provide a site plan to obtain various home building permits from your city hall or township. You can turn to 24h Plans to get a custom site plan drawing prepared for your dream home in less than 24 hours by our team of experienced architects and drafters. Use the promotion code: 24hplans-20off to get a 20% discount off any package. — Please note this is a limited time offer, exclusive to the readers of our blog. This offer is not being advertised anywhere else. There are prefabricated shipping container houses sold for as little as $15,000. A big and luxurious house made of shipping containers can cost more than $200,000, but this is one half of the price of a regular construction that has the same size. Green Home Via Digital Trends With a surface of 2,000 sq. ft., this house combines the industrial design on the outside with a walnut finish on the inside. The floors are made of concrete and the dual-pane aluminum windows provide natural light all year round. The house has 5 separate decks to enjoy the sun while eating outside, tanning or simply standing still to enjoy the view. You would probably have to pay about $150,000-$200,000 (estimated) for a metal container house this big. Compared to the $300K required to build a normal house with the same dimension. We think metal containers sound quite attractive at this point. 😉 Container Guesthouse Via Digital Trends The costs to build this 1,000 sq. ft. house rise up to $40,000 – $80,000 (estimated). They used 2 x 40 ft. containers and added large windows to make the house look very spacious. This will get your mind off the fact that it’s made of metal containers. Although you can’t tell from this picture, the house is located near a 2-million people city: San Jose, Costa Rica. This is a great way to build the house of your dreams without burying yourself in debt. Any young married couple who bought a house agrees their life became a lot more difficult after getting a loan of $150K+, so why would you do the same when there is a more affordable way? You have to be open minded though about the whole shipping containers idea. Green and black containers house Via Digital Trends Located in France, this house measures 1,119 sq. ft. and is made of two metal containers positioned on top of each other. Maybe you don’t like the green color, but this is not a reason to dislike this design. Remember that you are free to paint it in whatever color you want. Besides, you have to appreciate the desire of architects to make the construction look as if it defies the laws of physics. Inside, you will see the house looks like any other one: wooden floor, white walls, and a comfortable sofa in the living room. If you go upstairs you will find the bedroom that has a door (or window, you can’t tell for sure from the picture) that leads to the top of the first container. You can put grass there or add a chaise lounge to get a tan during hot summer days. PV14 house Via PV14 house Here’s what a guy from Dallas, Texas, managed to build; an impressive house comprised of 14 steel shipping containers designed and built for around $300,000 – $450,000 (estimated total cost to build). It has an impressive surface of 3,700 sq. ft., featuring 3 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, a garage large enough to fit 2 cars, and a roof deck. There is also a study that the owner (who is an architect) probably uses for late night work. You must admit that the design is innovative. You can barely tell the walls are made of metal. On the other hand, your bank account would definitely tell if you were to build a regular 3,700 sq. ft. house with pool. PV14 House interior by Wade Griffith Photography […]

By | May 25th, 2017|Architecture, Home Designs, Shipping Container Homes|13 Comments

Top 20 Residential Landscape Architecture Projects – Landscape Design Ideas

A beautifully-done landscape design can help improve the curb appeal of your home and ultimately make you feel better whenever you step outside. Let’s review the top 20 residential landscapes designed by pros with many years of experience in landscape architecture. Cherry Hills landscape design Image via Designscapes Colorado Born out of the owner’s dream of sipping tea in a gazebo by an outdoor fireplace, this landscape shows how important lighting is for setting the mood. From the moment you enter the yard at dusk, the light invites you to discover the beautiful details of the landscape. The brick walls of the fireplace (you can see it to the right side of the picture) create a cozy and rustic environment. The plants were chosen to look warm and colorful when light shines on them. In daylight, the landscape is dominated by a powerful green color that suggests vitality and tranquility at the same time. The cushion covered seats in the gazebo offer you the perfect place to admire the view. Woodland garden with forest floor Image via Garden Design This landscape was designed to mimic a deep forest glen. You can see both larger trees that make shade as well as smaller ones, such as Japanese maples, eastern redbuds, rhododendrons and ferns. The oval stones create a path that doesn’t seem to lead anywhere but it makes you think of fairytales where characters start amazing journeys by following a road just like this one. The bench is there for when you want to just sit and admire the sky, the greens that surround you and to enjoy the quiet of this small piece of heaven. The place will always be cool even when the “outside world” will simmer under the hot sun and you have to thank the tall trees for providing the shade. 😉 […]

By | May 6th, 2017|Landscape Architecture|0 Comments

Landscape Architecture & Design Cost, Plus Landscaping Costs

On your property, there is your home and other buildings such as a garage, shed, etc. And then there is everything else, which is what landscaping architecture and design are concerned with. Landscaping improvement entails any alteration to the observable land features on your property. While the focus may be on gardening, sod, and natural elements, landscaping also entails managing water drainage, adding human made features and sprucing up your yard with light, or even sound. 😉 Note: Landscaping varies by regional understandings of local topography, such as soil quality, prevailing winds and depth of the frost line. For any comprehensive landscaping project, it is recommended to have a landscape designer or expert visit your property to advise on matters not just on layout, but on topography. — All this aims to establish a character for your property that extends beyond your home, as is visible to a visitor or passerby. Where To Start and How Much will Landscaping Design Cost? A landscape designer can be expensive, costing on average $4,200 to create a detailed plan for comprehensive changes to your property. […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Landscape Architecture, Landscaping Costs|0 Comments