A Loaded Question
At one time or another, we have all been asked a loaded question – a question that we better not answer too quickly, or it will back-fire on us. For the contractor, a loaded question comes quite frequently: How much does it cost to build a house these day? The answer, of course, is as varied as the different preferences of homeowners. Oh, sure, there’s a going rate for basic building materials, but this is not what determine the major cost of building a home. Ultimately, the price of a new home is determined by the priorities of it’s owner. Is a standard width driveway fine, or is it important to have a a big circle drive with stamped concrete at the entrance? Is the roof line a customary 10’ and 12’ pitch, or do you desire a varied roof with several cut-in hips and valleys? Inside there are more decisions that determine the cost. Ceiling heights, crown molding, additional or high end lighting, types of flooring and plumbing fixtures, all play major roles in determining the construction budget. What is fine and dandy for one homeowner may be considered sub-par for another. Of course these are the obvious, visible things. There are even more important variables that are unseen, such as foundation materials, insulation, framing materials. It’s the unseen that must be considered most importantly. So now that loaded question really becomes a boomerang question. How much does it cost to build a house these days?” “What kind of house do you want?” The best way to determine the cost of your new home is to make a list of priorities. An experienced contractor can formulate a budget to show where basic cost are and you can determine the cost from there, dependent upon your selections.