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Carrol, Home Owner in Gastonia, NC

What is the average building cost per square foot for new home construction? Assume one floor and no premium upgrades.

Asked by Carrol, Gastonia, NC Wed Aug 11, 2010

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As a custom home builder, we don't quote a price per square foot, but do offer free building cost estimates with an extensive amount of detail.

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!
Web Reference: http://www.StantonHomes.com
3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 11, 2010
You would be best served by looking at newer homes in the areas that you want to live in and then go to the builders. If a REALTOR went to the MLS data base to calculate the price per square foot for new construction, they would have a hard time figuring out what upgrades were in each homes. Like Jason said below, you would need to contact the sales offices for the builders and get their price list for the models that you are interested in. A REALTOR would be able to help you get an idea of price per square foot of the area you want to live in so you can have that in mind when you actually go to some of the builders' sales offices. Make sure that you take a REALTOR with you when you go!!! You will be better off!!

Good Luck
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 11, 2010
what is average cost of building a 1800 squre foot ranch in Raleigh n.c. with all the up grades
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 26, 2015
Cost of construction varies with materials used. It is however interesting to note that costs are down from previous years while material cost is substantially up.
Reason cost of fuel and transportation.
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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 28, 2010
Hi Carrol,

The average building cost per square foot would depend on your local government minimum building standards, but in general I would say about $70 – $90 per square foot. http://www.OCMetroMLS.com

Good Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 11, 2010
Your best bet would be to get on the phone/internet and contact several of your local home builders and ask them to fax or send you their specs/model info. On it will be pricing. From there you can calulate an average per sq. ft. My guess is you will see numbers in the $70-$90 per sq. ft range. Good Luck
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 11, 2010
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