as you are reading my colleagues previous comments below there's no direct answer without speaking with the appropriate trade. i have two very strong and experienced resources for you that could take on a project you're describing and have done numerous in santa monica. its always favorable to work with someone whom already has established relationships with the city. if you are interested in speaking with them let me know. best of luck.
From a Santa Monica permit standpoint, it may be wiser to do a "remodel" meaning you need to keep at least one wall standing. With permits, demolition and new construction you're looking north of $300 per sq. ft.
Building and safety at City Hall can give you the specifics.
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You need to study the difference of leaving one wall standing and rebuilding a new home as to tearing it all down and starting with a new build permit...
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You need to be hooked up with the right people too, as there are certain rules when doing a tear down, whereas certain costs can be less, if you are able to do a rebuild by leaving UP at least 1-2 original walls vs. a complete & total tear down.
If you would like to shoot me an email directly or give me a call, I can set you up a team of people, you could get quotes from. This would be a general contractor, an architect & a combination of handyman/builder, electrical/plumber etc.
I know reputable home builders, I know reputable "owner // builder" teams.
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