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Old 03-24-2008, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Ash Fork
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have been contemplating of buildng a house in Laredo . after researching i found a house plan that i liked . snet in to the company for an estimated cost of building it and was shocked . i had it figured out at $108.00 per sq. foot .it totaled out at $212.00 per sq. foot.=$737,568.00 . the cost did nt even include a lot .needles to say that now i am looking at other options .

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Old 03-24-2008, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Helotes
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have been contemplating of buildng a house in Laredo . after researching i found a house plan that i liked . snet in to the company for an estimated cost of building it and was shocked . i had it figured out at $108.00 per sq. foot .it totaled out at $212.00 per sq. foot.=$737,568.00 . the cost did nt even include a lot .needles to say that now i am looking at other options .
Just out of curiosity, does that price include things like floors and fixtures?

I'm thinking of making an addition to my house and figured a square footage rate (for planning purposes) of a lot less than $108.00 per sq. foot. And this is on my property!

It would help to know if that $212.00 figure you got included gold plated sinks and an Olympic sized pool in the master bath.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Ash Fork
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i had a magazine full house plans . from there i selected a house to our liking . i went on the website and they had a sample estimate at $108.00 per square foot . i sent in info on the house i wanted and for $29.00 i got the estimate of $737,568.00 . i gave them 78401 zip code for where it was to be built . what jacked the price up is we selected Premium grade for everything. the house is 3355 sq. ft. , so lots of doors and windows.
will you be doing your own work ? if you are , then good luck.
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Old 03-25-2008, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Austin
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that still seems high. I am building a 3264 sqft home right now and I upgraded just about everything that I could in that house. I am looking at about $140 a sq ft once i took out the lot cost. Now mind you that mine is not being built by a custom builder. I would think that a custom builder would cost a little more.
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Old 03-25-2008, 09:32 AM
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I'm not sure if the service covers Laredo, but if it does, you might be a good candidate to use Owner / Builder Network® $Save Thousands$®, be your own builder with the Owner Builder Network. .
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Old 03-25-2008, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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i had a magazine full house plans . from there i selected a house to our liking . i went on the website and they had a sample estimate at $108.00 per square foot . i sent in info on the house i wanted and for $29.00 i got the estimate of $737,568.00 . i gave them 78401 zip code for where it was to be built . what jacked the price up is we selected Premium grade for everything. the house is 3355 sq. ft. , so lots of doors and windows.
will you be doing your own work ? if you are , then good luck.
78401 zip code is Corpus Christi, not Laredo.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:16 PM
 
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And $210/sf in Corpus Christi is really, really high.
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Old 03-25-2008, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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And $210/sf in Corpus Christi is really, really high.
Yes it is...but I am thinking that there may have been some factors in the estimate that would not be considered in Laredo, such as a built-in storm shutter system, a good foundation for the ever-shifting Corpus Christi ground, etc.

Still, extremely high...about twice as much as what I would expect.
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:48 PM
 
Location: Ash Fork
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i checed and 78041 is Laredo . anyway , i will put some figures on the estimate up.
a slab foundation $41,682.60
heat/AC $ 8,784.20
rough framing $55,000.00
floor cover $37,227.31
exterior finish $99,100.38
kitchen appl. $ 4,923.96
windows $58,543.82
interior finish $151,952.87
roofing $19,368.01
special features $37,280.90
elctrical $ 13,743.67
plumbing $25,145.47
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pricing summary
subtotal $552,753.93
permits $ 500.00
local building fees $20,650.58
sales tax $20,373.38
overhead&profit $118,855.58
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:06 AM
 
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Hi Zonie5,
I also will be building my home in Laredo, Tx once I sell my home here in California, what I did was contact actual home builders in Laredo (which were recommended) e-mailed them plans that I liked (approx. 4000 sq.ft.) with Med-to high quality materials, tile floors, granite etc.. and I received an estimate of about $400,000, we already have our land, 10 acres we purchased about 3 years ago for 65K. I wouldn't go by what that magazine says, it's better to talk to a real builder in my opinion and experience
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