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Aarthi, Home Buyer in Sunnyvale, CA

Whats the $$ & wait times to tear down an existing SFH and build a one storey 2000 sqft home in Sunnyvale ?

Asked by Aarthi, Sunnyvale, CA Tue Dec 4, 2007

I am a prospective buyer who has lost bids on decent ready-to-occupy homes in the 1800-2000 sqft range. So wondering what my alternate options are.

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Aarthi,

Jennifer is on target with most of the timelines. I would expect a tighter original design timeframe (it sounds like you know what you want in a house) and construction Could also be tighter (depending when you start and who your builder is) Note: I would start talking to builders to get on someone's calendar otherwise it easily could be 2 years to build (spending a year to get on a good contractor's calendar).
Curious, Why do you think you lost out on the other home's?
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 10, 2007
Aarthi,
I'm a local architect. If you want to scrape and build a new house, expect the process to take a minimum of 18 months. The time is broken into 6-8 months for design (can be shorter if you can make fast decisions), 2-3 months for design review (if necessary), 2-3 months for construction documents (drawings and engineering), 2 months for plan check with the City of Sunnyvale, 6-12 months for construction.
Hiring professionals that are experienced in your local area is very important. Unfortunately, if you want it faster, it will cost you more.
Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA
Web Reference: http://www.jkretschmer.com
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Dec 5, 2007
Jennifer Kre…, Home Seller in 95124
MVP'08
It all depends on:
1). Building designing, reviewing and approval time from city.
2). Your finanical.
3). Finding the contractor.
4). Bay area quality control to approve demo
5). Demo contractor schedule
6). Weather : Don't want to do it at the raining season.
I have built a few homes. Check with me for more details.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 18, 2011
Hello Aarthi,
The turn around time depends on you, your architect and your contractor. Rough estimates is about 18 to 20 months. As for the cost, plans, permits and the cost of construction is roughly $200/sq ft and up depending on what finishes you choose for your home.
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