WE own a house with a huge lot close to downton LA. We want to build second house (3 or 4 bedroon, 2-baths) What is the avarage cost for such building

Asked by Kalina, 90004 Mon Feb 1, 2010

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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Sun Feb 7, 2010
Kalina:
As you can see from the answers you've received, the estimates vary WIDELY! Hugh (and his family) builds pprojects for a living, and his estimate is for a good quality of work. Jane's estimate is unrealistically low, and should not direct you. Please contact 3 (or more) general contractors and/ or architects whose work you like (ask for references) and get your direction from them.
Deborah Bremner
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Jane Grant, Agent, Aguanga, CA
Sat Feb 6, 2010
Kalina: The average cost these days is $125.00 per square foot. Here is an article to help you out. You should visit the department of building and safety to get all of the permitting requirements up front so you will know what you will be required to do. Also check with the zoning to see if it allows a second home on the lot.

Here's the article: http://www.b4ubuild.com/faq/faq_0002.shtml

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Hugh Evans, , Los Angeles, CA
Thu Feb 4, 2010
Hard to give you a definitive answer as the range in quality can be large and the scope of work to be included in the estimate may range. Generally speaking pretty good quality would be $350 to $400 a foot, which does not include landscaping and hardscape.
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Monique & Joe…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
Hello Kalina,

The prices vary greatly in the area you are considering. Does it have a view (Glassel Park, Highland Park, Mt Washington, Montecito Heights, Echo Park or Silverlake) or is it in the flats-such as ares near downtown near USC). There are many many variables. I just listed a new construction similar to yours. It's location-location-location. If you need an anaylsis on the projected selling price of a home on your lot a Realtor (such as my self) would need to know the location and design. If you want to set up a time to go over your project, let me know.

Best,

Monique Carrabba
The Carrabba Group
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills
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Anthony Perez, Agent, Northridge, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
Dear Kalina,

As an experienced 21 year engineering and general contractor I can tell you that Debra Brenner is correct, first thing to do is have a site plan done (nothing fancy or costly) you can do this yourself take the site plan to the B&S go to zoning first and then grading and let them review the plan, setbacks and exactly what you would like to do, they will tell you what is allowed with your property you may be limited to a guest house but you will not know until you see them at the B&S.

When you do this contact me I'll help guide you through whatever you are going to do. I am not building any longer (larger projects) but I am a 'certified' ICC building inspector and contractor that will help you along.

The site plan is basically your property lines and setbacks from those property lines such as the existing house, pool, patio cover and slopes you any questions I can e-mail you a copy of one of my previous projects to get a better idea. I am still a licensed and insured contractor however semi-retired and mostly conducting home inspections and small renovation projects...leaving the headaches to the youngsters.

My e-mail CAsafebuildings@yahoo.com any questions or help you may need.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
Dear Kalina,
It would be wise to take your plans for a second home to be built upon your lot to city planning..before..you go any further.
If your property is not zoned for a second home, you will not be able to get building permits to do the work. Building today runs about 250-350 per square foot depending upon what is being done. Two story homes are more expensive to build then single story.
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Don Linden, Agent, Sherman Oaks, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
You have received some excellent answers and advice. In today's world for a general single level home with no geological or topographical issues you can anticipate between $250 - $300 per square foot as your worse case scenario. Variances will come into play with regards to any unique or special cosmetic or other treatment.
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Don Linden
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Deborah Brem…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
There are huge variances on cost per square foot of building. These are based on topography (flat or hillside), local ordinances, one story or two, fir and finish, etc. A good resource for you would be
http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=123
This site, the National Association of Home Builders, has great information on costs, tips, permits, etc.
Good Luck,
Deborah Bremner
REALTOR, 00588885
Certified Short Sale Professional
Certified Home Retention Specialist
(D) 818.564.6591
TheBremnerGroup@gmail.com
Blogging at: http://TheBremnerGroup.com/blog
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Alison Winst…, Agent, Beverly Hills, CA
Mon Feb 1, 2010
Hello,

I do not handle the downtown area but you should definitely spepak with at least 3 contractors and ask any neighbors what they paid per square foot to build. Always double check the contractor standing with the better business bureau and make sure thay have a license and are insured
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