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The True Cost of Home Building In Maryland

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014 by Danny Peterson


Building a home is a large undertaking, so to make sure you get exactly what you want for your budget, you’ll need to understand the true cost of home building. The final price will vary, and is often dependent on how prepared you are prior to starting the process. Before beginning the construction process, consider these essential factors that will make up your final cost.

Calculate the Cost of Square Footage

This might seem like a pretty straightforward part of home building, but it is an absolutely crucial step in determining costs. Research other newly built homes in your area that are similar in quality, style, features, and size to the home you envision for yourself. Learn the price of these homes and deduct the cost of the land, then divide that number by the square footage of the house. Look at a few new homes in your neighborhood to get a better idea of the average price per square foot. After you’ve calculated this cost, you can multiply the square footage price by the final square footage of the house you plan to build. This will help you get a much stronger idea of the true cost of home building for the house you envision.

Know What Costs More

In general, the most costly parts of a home are the kitchen and bathroom. But the number, size, and quality of the windows in the house can also greatly impact the final cost. In addition, consider if you plan to add high roof pitches or vaulted ceilings, as these will factor in as more expensive additions. When calculating the estimate of your home, make sure to look at existing, newly built houses that have these same features and styles. On average, the price per square foot is more for a modest home than a larger one. When calculating the true cost of home building, Baltimore families should consider that when building a larger home, the price of items, like a furnace, are distributed over more square feet. As such, a bigger house could have a more affordable price per square foot than a more modestly sized home. Furthermore, building a two-story home often costs less than building a one-story house with the same square footage. A single-story home will require much more work in regards to building a larger roof and a bigger foundation. In addition, ventilation and plumbing tend to be more compact in two-story houses.

Consider the Details

Smaller design details can greatly impact the price of your new home. If you have a strict budget and want to save on costs, try estimating expenses before you choose final blueprints. When considering ways to make your new home more budget-friendly, consider the following: The size. In regards to home building, it is better to work with even numbers. Round up or down the size of your house to increments of about two feet. It will reduce wasted materials. In addition, t is often more economical to construct a house that is no deeper than about 32 feet. If it is deeper than this, you might need specially developed roof trusses, which could add on to the final cost of home building. Architecture. Box and rectangular shapes tend to cost a bit less than other styles. Corners and angles around the house can make labor more intensive, and could require more materials. Even more, dome-shaped houses are highly efficient in terms of material usage. Market conditions and inflation. If you start planning now to build a house in the future, consider inflation costs before you start construction. Even better, include these costs in the original estimate for the home. And when comparing your future house to the price of others, try to refer to houses that have been built as recently as possible. Within the past six months is ideal. Before jumping into home construction, it is important that you carefully evaluate your budget and expenses. By learning the true cost of home building, you can better prepare for the plans and ensure that you get exactly the home you’ve always wanted.

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