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Posted by  Bob A on September 25, 2003 at 09:08:02:

In Reply to:  Shell house posted by fred claro on September 25, 2003 at 07:14:30:


I'm in the process of designing, building, and living in my own home. The house is a georgian-palladian, with many elements borrowed from Drayton Hall (Charleston SC), and Mt Pleasent (Phildelphia PA). Size wise the house has 2850 sqft. The material cost is $87,000 USD.
This material cost does not take into account the land or the prep work that already been done (on site septic layout, and wetlands crossings). The material cost is above what code requires. If code says joists are required at 16" oc for 2*8*16', I choose the next step and designed in 2*10*14' on 12" centers.
We have found the pricest component of building a house is the labor. The more labor you can perform yourself the less you will spend on your house. Get a copy of the code used in your area (ask your building inspector)and read it! Start designing and determine what you can do and what you need to have done as per the code and your building inspector. The other factor that comes into play is the bank. On construction loans, the bank requires a general contractor, for what purpose I still have to figure out (I'm a mechanical engineer) so that adds cost to the project.

So in the end, materials cost ~$30.00/ft^2, support and the cost of money add ~15-20/ft^2. anything above that is savings or profit to pocket.

Hope this has helped.

Bob A

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