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JoAnn Kish &…, Agent, Ridgefield, CT
Thu Feb 28, 2013
Our modular home listed on North Salem Road is 3200 square feet with an additional 1200 finishable in the walkout lower level and another 300 in the walk-up third floor; 2 car garage. List price is around $900,000. Excluding the cost of the land and site prep, including well and septic, you are probably in the neighborhood of $600,000 "house cost" for this size. We would be happy to walk you through and show you the finishes. Our builder has a number of options he could provide estimates for if you are interested.
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Greg Hanner, Agent, Waterford, CT
Thu Feb 28, 2013
I forgot to provide you with a link to the CT Homebuilder's Association where you might get some more good information:

Also, here is a link to the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Fairfield County:
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Greg Hanner, Agent, Waterford, CT
Thu Feb 28, 2013
IMHO, You will be best served by talking to a few Design Build custom home builders in the Ridgefield area. I'm saying that with 26 years experience as a custom home builder (we do not service your area). Networking to get a few names can be done by talking to local suppliers (they will give you names of those who do a lot of business and why pay their bills), bankers (your lender will want you to work with a builder who's reputable and who can get the job done without third party liens being placed on the property), the local builder's association, and even building inspectors (they know who does good work).

The advantage to hearing right from the horse's mouth what costing might be is that Design Build contractors can provide you with turn-key services. Check references (BBB, Consumer Protection, past clients, court system at ,etc.), visit other homes they have recently built, and take your time to find a builder who is a good match for your needs. Some builders have a "can do" attitude and will allow you to participate in the process of construction and others will be turned off if you want to do any parts of the home.

Not all home builders are good at dealing with custom build client's needs. Many are geared up for and used to spec building (making their own decisions and being accountable to themselves) and then having real estate agents list and sell the completed homes. Those types of builders sell you a home instead of being used to working for an Owner. Also keep in mind that a small remodeling contractor can quickly find themselves in trouble and like a fish out of water if the undertake building you a custom home since that's not what they do every day for others.

Hope this info helps and best of luck with your new home build.

Greg Hanner, Broker, REALTOR, e-PRO
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Jay Cooke, Agent, Newark, NJ
Thu Feb 28, 2013
Hi John,

Lonnie's range is probably right, but the modular is far less expensive. A new one just went up on North Salem road. You can either have it all done at the factory or buy just but the shell and finish it on site. I would suggest you interview several builders and tour at least one factory. I will tell you that a very wealthy woman in Greenwich just went the modular route for her parents - quite impressive.
If you go the custom build on-site factor an additional 15% as a cushion. There is almost always a surprise.

Jay Cooke
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Jay, thanks so much for your information. Do you know any modular builder can provide 4,000 Plus SF plans. I checked a few and found that they are all in the low 3,000 SF at the best. Do you have any recommendations? When I said custom builder, I didn't mean I design the house rather "not community".
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Lonnie Shapi…, Agent, Ridgefield, CT
Wed Feb 27, 2013
Generally it costs $200.00 a square foot to build a house depending on how fancy you get with interior finishes. $800,000 is probably a ball park estimate. If you go with a modular home it brings the price down. I do not know by how much.
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