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By Jennifer in Pueblo West, CO on 11/20/2007


Trying to figure out how close a "cost per square foot" can be, since it's all one level -- I've heard that raises the price, but the quotes I'm getting don't reflect that?

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By Bryan in San Jose, CA on 11/26/2007


Cost per sq.ft. is generally used for ballpark figures only as the actual cost can vary greatly. When I first started planning I took my construction budget, $500K, and divided by $120 sq.ft. and $180 sq.ft. which is what I thought I could build for (in CA, difficult lot, bad soils). This gave me around 3,000 to 4,000 sq.ft. range to work with. That way I knew I could definitely build over 2,000 sq.ft. but if I wanted 5,000 I'd have some problems.

If you're already getting estimates, then you are beyond ballpark figures. I would go with what you are being quoted and ignore per sq.ft. figures.


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By Pat in Arnold, CA on 12/11/2007


I think the cost saving on a two-story 4,000 sq foot home verses a one- story 4,000 sq foot home is in the foundation and roof structure.  Obviously, the foundation and roof is half the size if there is 2,000 on the first floor and 2,000 on the 2nd floor.  Since foundation and roof are two of the big expenses in a building project then it goes without saying it cost more to build it all spread out on the ground level.
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By Jennifer in Pueblo West, CO on 1/14/2008


Two-story is not an option for me. As it is, there are days I can barely walk. SO unless I want an elevator (I don't), it has to be one-story.

I am also building in an area where two-story homes are not looked upon too highly, in general. They don't sell as well, and the builders have gone back to ranch-style.

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