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Old 07-03-2010, 12:54 PM
 
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Default Building cost per square foot in Carolinas

We are planning to build a house on a small parcel of land we own in upstate South Carolina, near Spartanburg. I'm cross-posting here because a good friend recommended an architect in Asheville who specializes in the type of house we want to build. We met with him to talk about our plans after I had some research. WE are looking to build a house of about 2000 square feet, two stories, with a few fancy touches (granite counters, stone veneer siding) but mostly run of the mills stuff (Anderson doors and windows, carpet over subflooring, not a lot of elaborate work). When he told me the average cost per square foot to build such a house in the area (or just about anywhere, he said) ran between $250 (low end) and $400 a square foot I nearly fainted. We had been budgeting about $300K to build this house (land is paid for), but by his calculations, it would cost nearly twice that. Am I totally out of touch? I arrived at our calculations via a building cost site that looked fairly reputable and up to date (buildingcost.net). Any suggestions or enlightenment would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Prunetucky-on-the-slough
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No direct information here but his numbers seem really high. Even here in California!
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Old 07-03-2010, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Lowcountry
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That's way too high considering the land isn't included. Sounds like this builder is stuck in 2006 - remind him that that was then and this is now....

Today, you can build a custom home at $125-$150/sf at the high end, including profit. Shop around - builders are very hungry.

Lumber prices have dropped 30% since April 10 and I don't doubt prices will continue to freefall...possibly as low as 1Q09 prices.

Lumber takes 30% plunge – Natural Resource Report
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Old 07-03-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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I second that. we got estimates from 120 to 160 for a custom built home. especially when you say nothing really fancy (besides granit and a couple of other items), you should be way under 200.
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Old 07-04-2010, 09:18 AM
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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I'm an architect who does residential design. It's a tricky question... it's a bit like asking how much a four-door sedan should cost. Are we talking about a Kia, Ford, Lexus, or Mercedes? The numbers seem high, but there's no way to know until you talk to some other builders to get a comparison. I've seen houses that would have cost that much to build based on size, level of finish, and complexity. It doesn't happen often, but you throw enough roof gables and granite at it, and prices rise considerably.

I'd be cautious about talking to builders solely on cost, though. You don't really want the most desperate builder to build your house, especially in this economy. There's a very real likelihood that that kind of builder won't be able to finish your house. Get referrals and research thoroughly. Your first builder may be able to sharpen his pencil a bit if he knows you are talking to other builders.

Good luck!
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Old 12-11-2010, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Highlands, NC
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No way it would cost $400 unless there is some type of difficulty building on your lot. I am planning on building a home in Asheville soon and it looks like an average home is about $150 sqft and higher ends around $200.
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Old 12-12-2010, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Sylva, NC...
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We are planning to build a house on a small parcel of land we own in upstate South Carolina, near Spartanburg. I'm cross-posting here because a good friend recommended an architect in Asheville who specializes in the type of house we want to build. We met with him to talk about our plans after I had some research. WE are looking to build a house of about 2000 square feet, two stories, with a few fancy touches (granite counters, stone veneer siding) but mostly run of the mills stuff (Anderson doors and windows, carpet over subflooring, not a lot of elaborate work). When he told me the average cost per square foot to build such a house in the area (or just about anywhere, he said) ran between $250 (low end) and $400 a square foot I nearly fainted. We had been budgeting about $300K to build this house (land is paid for), but by his calculations, it would cost nearly twice that. Am I totally out of touch? I arrived at our calculations via a building cost site that looked fairly reputable and up to date (buildingcost.net). Any suggestions or enlightenment would be appreciated. Thank you.

( building-cost.net ) you have to add the hyphen or it takes you to some "blog" site......... *S*
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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We built in the Waynesville area in 2009. The cost was in the $125 SF range for AC space. We also have a 2 car garage and about 1600 sf of unfinished basement.

Find a local builder, find a design you like, work with the builder on the design, get good bones and put a little extra money into things like granite. You can do it for less than what you are being quoted.
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Old 12-21-2010, 01:23 PM
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Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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$100 per square foot no more no less
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:40 PM
 
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well, that depends on what extras you want. for extra good insulation, some energy efficient features, wooden floors, NO vinyl ... we ended up in the 130$ range. which still is a good price, I think.
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