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Old 11-03-2007, 08:41 PM
 
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Im originally from houston, but right now i live in boston. I'm going to be moving to austin in may. my wife and i are looking to build. what can i expect to pay per square foot for building a decent home.

-climbcentex
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Depends a lot on where you are looking and how old a house, etc. In our neighborhood in SW Austin it is about 119/ft2.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:25 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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$100 to $120 per square foot will build a custom quality home with granite, stainless appliances, nice cabinets and bathrooms, not including the land cost. You can build a budget home for $80 to $90 per square foot, not including land costs.

Steve
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:09 AM
 
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$100 to $120 per square foot will build a custom quality home with granite, stainless appliances, nice cabinets and bathrooms, not including the land cost. You can build a budget home for $80 to $90 per square foot, not including land costs.

Steve

I would say that would buy a semi custom or tract house in Austin. I don't think you could get custom for that price range.
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Austin TX
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I would say that would buy a semi custom or tract house in Austin. I don't think you could get custom for that price range.
As a point of comparison, David Weekley's build-on-your-lot program quoted us roughly $135-$155 a square foot for high end interior finishes. Keep in mind though, that this was quote for a very rocky, hillside lot and so there was some additional engineering and land prep costs associated with that particular quote. So Austin Steve's #s don't seem terribly far off to me.
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Old 11-04-2007, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Yeah, if you take out the lot, that is about right. The 120/ft includes a lot for a tract (Newmark) home.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:20 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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My numbers are correct. I know what I'm talking about.

I'm 1 month away from completion of my own custom home, built by a custom builder, and we're right at $113/sqft including all site work, septic, landscaping, sprinklers, etc. for what most would consider to be a high end home. The lot cost $100K, so even adding that to the total cost we're still at $143/sqft turnkey (excluding carrying costs (interest) of the lot and construction loan, which I haven't calculated).

Steve
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Old 11-05-2007, 06:01 PM
 
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My numbers are correct. I know what I'm talking about.

I'm 1 month away from completion of my own custom home, built by a custom builder, and we're right at $113/sqft including all site work, septic, landscaping, sprinklers, etc. for what most would consider to be a high end home. The lot cost $100K, so even adding that to the total cost we're still at $143/sqft turnkey (excluding carrying costs (interest) of the lot and construction loan, which I haven't calculated).

Steve
Ive been talking to a number of custom builders and high end seems to be around 200/ft.

I think a lot of it is about the cost of the materials and architectural finishout, things like $100 door hinges and pewter doorknobs add up fast. Not to mention bathrooms and kitchens which can really add up fast (frameless showers in full granite, custom tile work, $40/sq ft tiles instead of $15 or even $2/sq ft tiles).

I have several friends that are building around $300/sq ft and we are looking to build a new place around $200/sq ft
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Old 11-06-2007, 05:16 AM
 
Location: SW Austin & Wimberley
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Ive been talking to a number of custom builders and high end seems to be around 200/ft.

I think a lot of it is about the cost of the materials and architectural finishout, things like $100 door hinges and pewter doorknobs add up fast. Not to mention bathrooms and kitchens which can really add up fast (frameless showers in full granite, custom tile work, $40/sq ft tiles instead of $15 or even $2/sq ft tiles).

I have several friends that are building around $300/sq ft and we are looking to build a new place around $200/sq ft
The other factor is the builder. Ours is a small family builder, but they build enough homes (about 40-50 per year) to get volume prices from the vendors they use. Also, we picked a floorplan they've built numerous times already, so they know they're cost on it and don't have to pad the bid for unknown surrpises like they would with a floorplan that I bring from an architect or purchased from the internet.

We have the granite, frameless shower, custom tile, natuaral wood cabinets, etc. I guess "high end" is a subjective term. I personally think there is a cap on what is needed in a nice home, so my "high end" is a practical, nice home, but not a glitzy, overdone project.

Steve
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:15 PM
 
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would any one be willing or able to give references for a good custom builder in Austin? Thanks.
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