There are too many variables that can affect cost per square foot:
- how much does the lot cost?
- is a well required, or is water available?
- is a septic required, or is sewer available?
- if a septic is required, what kind of septic is it?
- how complex is the floor plan? It's more cost effective to build straight lines than angles and bump outs
- how high/complex is the roofline?
- what types of exterior finishes/windows/doors are desired?
- what types of interior finishes are desired?
Keep in mind that, in general, a one story home will cost more per sq ft than a two story home (all other things held equal). A one story home has more roof, more foundation, and more lot preparation than a two story home of the same size.
Definitely contact some reputable builders and have them provide an estimate for the specific plan or plans you have in mind, and provide specifics about the type of lot/location you're considering.
Best of luck!
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It is also amazing to discover that homes could be bought for less today than you could build them. When shopping for a new home check the inventory of builders who specked their homes and are ready to sell them below cost.
This market is not favorable for new construction. The square feet analysis by replacement standards is $100 per square feet including the cost of the land.