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How Much Does it Cost to Build a New House: Itemized Costs 2018-2019

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 2018 was 2,500 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 | December 10th, 2018|Home Construction, Land Development|7 Comments

How to Build and Place a Simple Shed on your Property

There are 10 steps to building a shed on your property. Choose your shed design Acquire a permit if needed Order materials Install the foundation, if needed Frame the shed – Floor, walls and roof Install the door and windows Wire the shed (optional) Install roofing and siding Build a shed ramp (optional) Finish your shed to suit your style A storage shed is a convenient way to reduce clutter in your home, reserve your garage for vehicles and save thousands of dollars in storage rental fees. Plus, your extra items will be close at hand rather than across town in a storage unit. […]

By | November 25th, 2018|Sheds|0 Comments

How to Build a Custom Home: Step by Step Guide

Building a house tailored to your vision of what a home should be won’t be as intimidating when you understand the process, plan thoroughly and enlist experienced professionals. This step-by-step guide to custom home building walks you through the process from planning your dream home to moving in! The guide begins with an outline and moves to a more detailed description of how to build a custom home. Big Picture Planning and Land Spacious three-bedroom home by Turner & Son Homes There are four questions to answer in the first phase of the project. The answers will give you a clear path to designing and building your home. What is your home building budget? When do you want to break ground? What style home do you want? What parcel of land has the right location, features, size and cost? […]

By | November 24th, 2018|Home Construction|0 Comments

Architectural Site Plans vs. Static Plot Plans

There are many types of site plans, also called plot plans, with varying levels of detail. They can depict a single-family residence (SFR), a neighborhood or a multi-family dwelling such as condos or an apartment complex. This guide explains the difference between two common types of site plans: Static: A plot plan representing property as it is, without regard to future changes. This type of plan is like a map. Changing: A site plan showing both the current state of the property and proposed amendments to it. This type is often called an architectural site plan. […]

By | October 12th, 2018|Plot Plans|0 Comments

Home Floor Plan Change Costs: Kitchen Extension, New Bathroom

If your home’s layout doesn’t meet your needs, you’ve got two good options besides moving. You can change the floor plan by remodeling the space. The second choice is creating more room with an addition. Remodeling vs. a home addition is explored throughout this guide. […]

By | October 8th, 2018|Floor Plans, Home Additions|0 Comments

Home Floor Plan Extension Permits and Site Plans for Building Out

Adding living space to your home by expanding its footprint is an exciting project. But to get it done, a list of potential hurdles and obstacles must be negotiated. Here’s a step by step process and what to expect: Getting Permits: What it Takes You’ll need multiple permits for your project, as you surely know. The process begins with an application. Your local officials want to know how you intend to alter your home and whether it meets local requirements such as: […]

By | September 21st, 2018|Floor Plans, Home Additions|0 Comments

New Driveway Site Plans, Permits, Easements, Costs and Planning Steps

Planning a new driveway is a more complex project than many homeowners expect. New Driveway Construction Site Plan example via Calvino Architects This driveway planning guide explains how to get a driveway permit, select the best driveway for your home and find a qualified contractor to install it. Note: If your property is part of a homeowner’s association, or HOA, find out what type driveways are permissible in your neighborhood. […]

By | August 24th, 2018|Driveways|0 Comments

10 Steps to Planning a Successful Home Construction Project

Building a home, even if you never swing a hammer, is a daunting task. But like a journey of a thousand miles, it begins with a single step. In fact, there are just 10 steps to building a home. Breaking down the process will prevent being overwhelmed by the whole. Not all these of steps apply in every case, so your journey might be a little shorter and less expensive. […]

By | August 7th, 2018|Home Additions, Home Construction|0 Comments

Water Well Drilling: Site Plans and Permits – What to Expect?

This guide will walk you through getting the necessary approvals and drafting a site plan for obtaining a permit to drill a well. Residential Well Drilling Site Plan Example Water well costs are included for site evaluations, permits, drilling and connecting the well to a home or building. There’s a table of costs at the end of the guide. Application for a Well: County or State? An application must first be filed. If it is approved, you’ll be allowed a permit. In parts of the country, often where ground water is plentiful, your county government is the place to apply for a well drilling permit. Where water is scarce, application to the state might be required. For example, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, “regulates all groundwater wells in Arizona. Prior to drilling a new well, or deepening or modifying an existing well, a person must file a Notice of Intent to Drill with the Department.” As you’d expect, there’s an application fee of $100 or $150 based on the proposed well’s location. In Arizona, your local office might require an additional fee. Check your county’s Building Department or Health Department website or office to discover whether the well permit process begins at the county or state level. Even if you must apply to the state, the county office should handle the paperwork required. Gathering Information for the Application This Application for a Well Permit from Trinity County, CA shows the type of information you might be expected to provide. Others, like this one from Solano County, CA include contractor information about workers’ compensation and certification of code compliance. In such cases, it is best to have the well drilling contractor apply for the well permit. […]

By | July 31st, 2018|Plot Plans, Water Well Drilling Permits|0 Comments

Rendered Site Plan Cost: Licensed Survey vs. Online Plot Plans

A site plan is also called a plot plan or conceptual plan. It provides a view from above to show proposed initial or additional development to a property. They’re prepared digitally and can be shared in that form or printed for display. This guide to site plans answers questions about the purpose of a site plan, where to get a site plan and their costs based on who prepares the drawing. […]

By | July 17th, 2018|Plot Plans|0 Comments