Building home in Seattle: Cost/Sq.ft?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Jared, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Jared

    Jared Guest

    Greetings,

    I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    what it costs to build in my area.

    I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    budget.

    Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    appreciated. Thanks in advance!
     
    Jared, Jun 15, 2007
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  2. Jared

    Eigenvector Guest

    "Jared" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Greetings,
    >
    > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > what it costs to build in my area.
    >
    > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > budget.
    >
    > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > appreciated. Thanks in advance!
    >


    Personally I find it hard to believe you found room to build in the
    "Seattle" area. Last I checked pretty much everything within 20 miles is
    developed. But so be it I'll figure you meant Seattle in a general sense.

    I don't think you could meet that figure, $200 sounds closer but I don't
    know if you're factoring in labor and utilities costs (permits, sewer
    hookup, gas hookup, necessary appliances and flooring material). $250
    sounds closer to what I would expect - but that's just me shooting in the
    dark.
     
    Eigenvector, Jun 15, 2007
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  3. Jared

    Jared Guest

    On Jun 14, 9:32 pm, "Eigenvector" <> wrote:
    > "Jared" <> wrote in message
    >
    > news:...
    >
    > > Greetings,

    >
    > > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > > what it costs to build in my area.

    >
    > > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > > budget.

    >
    > > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > > appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    >
    > Personally I find it hard to believe you found room to build in the
    > "Seattle" area. Last I checked pretty much everything within 20 miles is
    > developed. But so be it I'll figure you meant Seattle in a general sense.
    >
    > I don't think you could meet that figure, $200 sounds closer but I don't
    > know if you're factoring in labor and utilities costs (permits, sewer
    > hookup, gas hookup, necessary appliances and flooring material). $250
    > sounds closer to what I would expect - but that's just me shooting in the
    > dark.


    Thanks for the response.

    Yes, you are right in assuming that I was asking about the Seattle
    area, the eastside of lake washington to be precise (redmond/kirkland/
    sammamish/issaquah). You're low estimate of $200/sq.ft. still sounds
    high. I mean if I was to build a 2,400 sq.ft. house, it would cost
    between $480k and $600k to build. If you figure that I'm looking at
    around $200k for land (including utility hookups), I would be looking
    at paying between $680k - $800k to build a house. I don't see how that
    could be the case considering that is much higher than existing houses
    in the area. Even new houses are selling for less than that.
     
    Jared, Jun 15, 2007
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  4. Jared

    Robert Guest

    On Jun 14, 11:08 pm, Jared <> wrote:
    > On Jun 14, 9:32 pm, "Eigenvector" <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > "Jared" <> wrote in message

    >
    > >news:...

    >
    > > > Greetings,

    >
    > > > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > > > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > > > what it costs to build in my area.

    >
    > > > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > > > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > > > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > > > budget.

    >
    > > > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > > > appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    >
    > > Personally I find it hard to believe you found room to build in the
    > > "Seattle" area. Last I checked pretty much everything within 20 miles is
    > > developed. But so be it I'll figure you meant Seattle in a general sense.

    >
    > > I don't think you could meet that figure, $200 sounds closer but I don't
    > > know if you're factoring in labor and utilities costs (permits, sewer
    > > hookup, gas hookup, necessary appliances and flooring material). $250
    > > sounds closer to what I would expect - but that's just me shooting in the
    > > dark.

    >
    > Thanks for the response.
    >
    > Yes, you are right in assuming that I was asking about the Seattle
    > area, the eastside of lake washington to be precise (redmond/kirkland/
    > sammamish/issaquah). You're low estimate of $200/sq.ft. still sounds
    > high. I mean if I was to build a 2,400 sq.ft. house, it would cost
    > between $480k and $600k to build. If you figure that I'm looking at
    > around $200k for land (including utility hookups), I would be looking
    > at paying between $680k - $800k to build a house. I don't see how that
    > could be the case considering that is much higher than existing houses
    > in the area. Even new houses are selling for less than that.- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -


    Is that 2400 feet on one level? Is it on a basement, crawl space or
    slab?

    I'm having a single level built right now on a full basement for $168
    a foot. That factors in a 400' well, septic tank, four car garage and
    utility hook ups. Front in Dryvit and the rest in wood. Labor here
    in Wyoming averages $17-25 per hour. I think if mine was a two story,
    the second story would be about $60 extra a foot. - Robert
     
    Robert, Jun 15, 2007
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  5. Jared

    Jared Guest

    On Jun 14, 10:27 pm, Robert <> wrote:
    > On Jun 14, 11:08 pm, Jared <> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    > > On Jun 14, 9:32 pm, "Eigenvector" <> wrote:

    >
    > > > "Jared" <> wrote in message

    >
    > > >news:...

    >
    > > > > Greetings,

    >
    > > > > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > > > > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > > > > what it costs to build in my area.

    >
    > > > > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > > > > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > > > > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > > > > budget.

    >
    > > > > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > > > > appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    >
    > > > Personally I find it hard to believe you found room to build in the
    > > > "Seattle" area. Last I checked pretty much everything within 20 miles is
    > > > developed. But so be it I'll figure you meant Seattle in a general sense.

    >
    > > > I don't think you could meet that figure, $200 sounds closer but I don't
    > > > know if you're factoring in labor and utilities costs (permits, sewer
    > > > hookup, gas hookup, necessary appliances and flooring material). $250
    > > > sounds closer to what I would expect - but that's just me shooting in the
    > > > dark.

    >
    > > Thanks for the response.

    >
    > > Yes, you are right in assuming that I was asking about the Seattle
    > > area, the eastside of lake washington to be precise (redmond/kirkland/
    > > sammamish/issaquah). You're low estimate of $200/sq.ft. still sounds
    > > high. I mean if I was to build a 2,400 sq.ft. house, it would cost
    > > between $480k and $600k to build. If you figure that I'm looking at
    > > around $200k for land (including utility hookups), I would be looking
    > > at paying between $680k - $800k to build a house. I don't see how that
    > > could be the case considering that is much higher than existing houses
    > > in the area. Even new houses are selling for less than that.- Hide quoted text -

    >
    > > - Show quoted text -

    >
    > Is that 2400 feet on one level? Is it on a basement, crawl space or
    > slab?
    >
    > I'm having a single level built right now on a full basement for $168
    > a foot. That factors in a 400' well, septic tank, four car garage and
    > utility hook ups. Front in Dryvit and the rest in wood. Labor here
    > in Wyoming averages $17-25 per hour. I think if mine was a two story,
    > the second story would be about $60 extra a foot. - Robert


    Thanks Robert,

    I was leaning towards a two story colonial style house build on a slab
    foundation. I'm hoping that choosing a simple colonial style house
    along with being careful with the materials will help to bring down
    the cost.

    I've heard that larger two story houses are being constructed for
    around $100/sq.ft. in the more rural seattle area, but it seems that
    everyone is in disagreement with the "average" cost to build a house.

    Really, my budget only allows for about $500k after all is said and
    done.
    Here's the cost breakdown that I'm hoping for...
    -Land cost: $150k (found some possibilities)
    -Utility hookups: $50k (power & water in street)
    -House: $300k (hoping to build around a 2,400 sq.ft two-story colonial
    style house w/ garage, basement optional)

    Possible???
     
    Jared, Jun 15, 2007
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  6. Jared

    Smitty Two Guest

    In article <>,
    Jared <> wrote:

    > Greetings,
    >
    > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > what it costs to build in my area.
    >
    > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > budget.
    >
    > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > appreciated. Thanks in advance!


    There are several excellent building cost estimators online. DAGS.
     
    Smitty Two, Jun 15, 2007
    #6
  7. Jared

    Jared Guest

    On Jun 14, 11:12 pm, Smitty Two <> wrote:
    > In article <>,
    >
    > Jared <> wrote:
    > > Greetings,

    >
    > > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > > what it costs to build in my area.

    >
    > > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > > budget.

    >
    > > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > > appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    >
    > There are several excellent building cost estimators online. DAGS.


    I used one of the free ones (nothing sophisticated) out there and it
    placed the figure at under $100/sq.ft. Really, I was just trying to
    figure if I was in the right ballpark with my estimates or if I was
    crazy. :)
     
    Jared, Jun 15, 2007
    #7
  8. Jared

    Guest

    Jared <> wrote:

    >Yes, you are right in assuming that I was asking about the Seattle
    >area, the eastside of lake washington to be precise (redmond/kirkland/
    >sammamish/issaquah). You're low estimate of $200/sq.ft. still sounds
    >high. I mean if I was to build a 2,400 sq.ft. house, it would cost
    >between $480k and $600k to build...


    How about SIPs, eg Premier from Fife. About $5/ft^2 for 8'x24' well-
    insulated strong ceiling and floor and wall panels with holes cut for
    windows and doors and so on. Send them a sketch on the back of an envelope,
    and they return a CAD drawing. Mark it up, and when you are happy,
    your house arrives on a flat-bed truck and they screw it together
    in a day or two. I'd varnish the inside and cover the outside with
    Dynaglas "solar siding."

    Nick
     
    , Jun 15, 2007
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  9. Jared

    Smitty Two Guest

    In article <>,
    Jared <> wrote:

    > On Jun 14, 11:12 pm, Smitty Two <> wrote:
    > > In article <>,
    > >
    > > Jared <> wrote:
    > > > Greetings,

    > >
    > > > I know that the cost per square foot for building a house gets tossed
    > > > around way too much. I'm more interested in getting a general feel for
    > > > what it costs to build in my area.

    > >
    > > > I'm looking to build an average quality home around 2500 sq.ft. Can I
    > > > get away with building a house between $100-$125 per sq.ft? Of course
    > > > I'd be willing to cut corners on materials in order to meet that
    > > > budget.

    > >
    > > > Any figures, personal experiences, or general advice would be greatly
    > > > appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    > >
    > > There are several excellent building cost estimators online. DAGS.

    >
    > I used one of the free ones (nothing sophisticated) out there and it
    > placed the figure at under $100/sq.ft. Really, I was just trying to
    > figure if I was in the right ballpark with my estimates or if I was
    > crazy. :)


    If this wasn't the one you tried, use it for comparison:

    http://www.building-cost.net/

    Seems pretty thorough to me for a starting point. 100 sounds low these
    days, but obviously there are a hell of a lot of variables. I think
    you'll get a better house for the same money if you buy a used one,
    though. Also look at prefab, they're pretty damn nice for the money.
     
    Smitty Two, Jun 15, 2007
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  10. Jared

    Guest Guest

    In article <-
    media.com>, says...

    > If this wasn't the one you tried, use it for comparison:
    >
    > http://www.building-cost.net/
    >
    > Seems pretty thorough to me for a starting point. 100 sounds low these
    > days, but obviously there are a hell of a lot of variables.


    It seems low to me, I put in all the details for my 2-story Dutch
    Colonial south of Seattle and it came out around $107/foot.

    My architect's estimate was over $200/square foot if I wanted to replace
    it instead of renovating the old house, and that was three years ago.

    --
    is Joshua Putnam
    <http://www.phred.org/~josh/>
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    <http://www.phred.org/~josh/photo/ir.html>
     
    Guest, Jun 15, 2007
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