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Old 08-30-2007, 11:40 AM
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Location: Taylors, SC
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Default What do private builders charge per square foot?

Just out of curiosity, what do builders charge? I'm looking for a good private builder that charges less than $85/ square foot. I had my house built in FL for $75/ square foot and saved a bundle.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:16 PM
 
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It all depends on where and what you are building. Builders themselves will not be able to give you any estimate without much more information.

Factors that effect the price are:
The grade of the lot is it flat or hilly, is it going to be on a slab concrete, crawl space, or basement. The floor plan itself has a lot to do with the price. Is it a ranch, two story, three story, etc. Most of the cost goes for the interior. The number of bathrooms, the number fireplaces, the type of floors, number of windows, moldings, etc. And don't forget the type and quality of fixtures, cabinets, lightings, landscaping, etc.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I assume you are not including the cost of the lot in your equation? Lot included you will most likely not find $85 sq ft with a custom builder, or even a tract builder in the triangle area. If you own the lot...you may be able to get close to that price range.
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Old 08-30-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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When was your house built in Florida? Cause things are expensive even this year then they were last year,
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:23 PM
 
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I can't imagine any builder being able to build a decent house for $85 a square foot. We have been pricing new construction with several builders in Clayton and are in the $115 to $135 range. That is for a nice house with some upgrades. Not totally loaded....
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:32 PM
 
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I can't imagine any builder being able to build a decent house for $85 a square foot. We have been pricing new construction with several builders in Clayton and are in the $115 to $135 range. That is for a nice house with some upgrades. Not totally loaded....
This is not entirely true. In fact in this market national builders have stockpiles of materials, and pre-existing contracts. Since the market had declined lots and materials need to be rotated and sold through. Therefore you can easily have a house built on a nice lot in a nice area in the $70-$80 per square foot range. Well at least you can in Florida, and yes that includes several upgrades. In this buyers market national homebuilders will offer the best value.
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Old 08-30-2007, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Holly Springs
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I believe the question was about custom/private builders, right? Even with tract builders though, you are not getting those prices here in the towns, maybe out on the perimeter of the triangle. Land is too expensive (and has to be included in the PP sq ft) Look for around $95 a sq ft and up for a more realistic figure, and if you want the house decked out by a private builder, think considerably higher. Custom builders dont typically build small homes, so my reference point would be 2500 sq ft and up homes. More info about what you want would certainly help narrow the answers though.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:36 PM
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Location: Taylors, SC
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I'm not including the lot. Just the house.
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Old 08-30-2007, 05:39 PM
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Location: Taylors, SC
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I'm looking to build 1600-1800 sq ft. 3/2.5 with a garage and fireplace.
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Old 08-30-2007, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Youngsville NC
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On the low end $95 dollars a square foot, if you would like upgraded features, hardi plank upto $110.
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