Ananya, Other/Just Looking in 95014

Home building cost

Asked by Ananya, 95014 Mon Jan 21, 2008

What would it cost to build a new home in a town such as Saratoga? Something in 5000 square feet range with middle of the range fittings.

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There is also the option for Modular homes/ This is not like most believe " Mobile home type" 'Modulars
These are custom built Factory homes built in a climate contolled climatized warehouse/ building plant. You can pay as little as $85 or as much as $150 per q Foot/ This is all pre-wired and prefitted with all your build ins such as cabinets flooring lights total interiors. They offer several dozen types/styles of homes and they are all expandable you want to take this design and add 500 square foot here and 1500 foot romm over on this side, they can do it.
You buy your lot/ set the foundation or basement and then tey will erect your house like a big puzzle over your foundation.
Plumbing and Gas are all prefitted as well, down to switches and controllers.

And the kicker of all this........., EVERY CORNER IS SQUARE

I have several books from differnt builders if you are interesdted/ get back to me.
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Hi Ananya,
I'm an architect in San Jose and I specialize in single family residential homes.
Your first answer from Dave is spot on for Saratoga construction costs per square foot. You can expect a higher cost per square footage because it is a location where homeowners expect high end finishes. But, the overall cost will depend on the design of the home and as Terri mentioned things like how many stories, the foundation type, etc. Is the property a flat site or a sloped site? Is there a home there now that will need to be scraped? Have there been any soils testing?
Time is another factor that is tied to the overall cost of the project. To build a completely new home in Saratoga of that size could take anywhere from 2 to 4 years (from the day to hire the architect to move in) depending on the complexity. You will be required to get a design approval which I would recommend is acquired before you spend money on completing construction documents (drawings).
A town like Saratoga will expect you to hire a licensed architect. They frown upon not having qualified individuals design and create construction documents for the home. I had a client in Saratoga come to me after they had spent nearly $20,000 on worthless drawings because the city would not approve the "ugly" house that they had planned to build that an unlicensed individual had created for them. Not only was the house unattractive, but the design was supposed to save them money by keeping some original portions of the house. However, the "designer" didn't know enough about structural engineering and building codes and if that home had been built, so much of the original home would have to be demolished that it would have been a very expensive ugly house.
So the cost of an architect with structural engineering, city permits and fees will likely run anywhere from 10%-20% of the construction cost.
If you have any other questions that you would like to discuss in private, you may call me at my office (see my website listed below). You can find other local architects by contacting the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects @
Good Luck, Jennifer Kretschmer, AIA
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Jennifer Kre…, Home Seller in 95124
You should call local architechs, in fact there is one on Trulia voices. The guidelines for cities vary. I'm not sure Saratoga would allow for a Modular (I know not manufactured) home. Are you asking just about building cost not about land? The differences you will come across are if there is a house on lot can you tear it down or do you need to maintain the home? Or are you adding on to existing? Is the lot ready or do you need to go through feasibility studies. Is it a one story or two story? What type of foundation? This is not a blanket answer for you. Please contact a local builder who knows Saratoga.
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If you want something with an attractive design and a decent level of quality I would plan on a minimum of $350. per square foot. Your kitchen and bathrooms will be the most expensive areas, the garage the least expensive. If you go down with a basement or make a two story, it might be closer to $425.00 per square foot.
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