The constructioncost per square foot is from about $180 to $200 per square foot and this greatly depends on the quality of construction. Some of the things that go into construction costs are not only the labor and materials, but the costs for permits and the contractor's overhead.
For remodels, you can figure about the same cost per square foot. I want to clarify, a true remodel is where structural changes are included. A lot of properties that are called remodels are actually "updated". "Updating" ranges anywhere from paint and carpet to new cabinets, doors, appliances, etc.
If you are asking the question because you are considering a house that needs to be remodeled versus a new construction house, it is best to get bids on the remodel you are considering. The costs can vary incredibly widely. For example, you can spend $15,000 on kitchen cabinets, or $60,000. It depends on what you choose.
Good luck with your choices,
The web reference below will provide an average home construction cost per square foot for any state in the continental US.
The challenge with using cost per square foot as a way to budget a home is that cost per square foot excludes the following factors:
* Excludes site development costs such as drives, utilities, clearing, decks, patios, landscape, etc.
* Excludes excavation
* Excludes basement costs
* Excludes quality differences in the home's materials, finishes, and appliances
* Excludes total constructed square feet (size of garage, bonus space, basement, crawlspace, porches)
* Cost per square foot is based on finished (livable) square feet only
The website http://www.home-cost.com allows you a simple, fast and accurate way to budget your home's design, built in your specific location with your material selections. It uses a patented online estimating application called Resi-Cost and will be much more accurate than an average cost per square foot number.
Hope this helps!
Bob Formisano, RA
A Developer who uses a General Contractor (as most large outfits do), has costs of around $140 per square foot. This, of course, varies slightly with the types of finishes the builder uses.
When you combine this with the cost the builder paid for the land (which varies wildly depending on location), plus the profit that a builder must realize, you get the price that you pay as a consumer.
It is the location that dictates the price, as building costs are pretty much the same no matter where you build.
As for a remodel, that is going to depend again on the types of finishes that you choose and the level of remodeling that you are seeking.
I talked with a couple at an open house last weekend who got a quote of $300.00 per square foot to do 900 square foot add on with a bathroom.
If you wanted to just say, update your kitchen the costs would be considerably lower.
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Mark J Tillett
I came up with $308,762 including a General Contractor markup of $34,844.
That’s an approximate cost of $126.44 per sq. ft.
Land and land development costs are not included in the total cost to build.
The cost per square foot is much less when you include a finished basement.
You can view the statistics and the house plan at the link below.
For a complete understanding of cost estimating and free cost estimating software, visit byoh.com and review several pages on cost estimating...including the cost to build a house in WA.
The best results that my clients have had, has come from being willing to pay a contractor for a complete and thorough proposal, from the architect's plans. This usually takes their estimator several hours.
Seattle, being a wacky place, is also heavily populated with good, honest, craftspeople who prefer to work on a time and materials basis and will wind up underbilling you on their time, because the finished product is more important to them than just about anything else.
Thanks for your question. Construction costs can vary too much for an agent to be able to give you a helpful answer. I suggest you find a few contractors who build the style of home you would be interested in and ask them the same question. Same answer for remodels.
New construction costs really is a difficult question to answer. One that I don’t think anyone without knowing what you are wanting to do can truthfully answer. Here are a few things to keep in mind though. I usually recommend you find out what your budget is. What is it you are able and willing to spend. Once you know that, contact at least 3 different general contractors to get good estimates from them. Before you call though these are the things you will need to know...
- What is the plan? Do you have blueprints?
- Are you going to have to remove any structures?
- Are you going to need to excavate the land, compact it, remove trees?
- How much concrete will be needed for the foundation. If it is on a slope you will need a retaining wall. Costs more.
- How many levels will there be?
- Number of Fireplaces, Bathrooms etc.
- Deck? Patio? Garage?
- What type of materials are you planning to use for each stage of the process.
Honestly, talk with a general contractor, give him your budget and plans. He will be the only one who can give you a good approximate.
As for a range, well here it is... $110 to $400+ a sq ft. And it could even be higher then that. Though I doubt it would get much less.
Hope this helps in some way. This is really not an easy question to answer without knowing a lot more information. If you would like a reference to anyone I do know a couple generals out there that could help but it also depends precisely where the project is.