The cost to build a new house can vary widely due to the design of the home, the quality of construction, and the quality of building materials.
"Good afternoon Carl. I love the posts you have up here as they are very informative to me.
My wife and I have selected a house plan from Don Gardner Architects, Inc. that we would like to build in Pittsfield, MA, .
The plan is The Manchester - House Plan# W-718.
Would you be able to use this as one of your examples?
Hi Michael, I’d be glad to.
You chose an attractive “Traditional” house plan from Donald A. Gardner Architects, Inc.
They define a traditional home plan as a home that “typically features multiple gables, hipped roofs and covered entryways with a clapboard or brick facade creating a grand appearance.”
Their traditional house plans feature open floor plans in various sizes from 1600 - 5000 square feet.
The Manchester is a 3 bedroom 2.5 bath Traditional home that has 2,261 Sq. Ft. of living area and a finished Bonus Room of 235 Sq. Ft., for a total heated area of 2496 sq. ft.
Note: The Cost to Build Calculator treats the Bonus Room area of 235 sq. ft. as finished attic area with more than 78" headroom.
Except for the brick veneer exterior finish (Quality Class # 2) and the unfinished basement (Quality Class # 5 or better), I used the quality class # 3 throughout (Best Standard Quality) for all the other categories.
Other data the Cost Calculator required: Number of corners = 10, Unfinished Basement = 1,130 sq ft, Attached garage, interior walls and ceilings finished = 441 sq. ft., Porches = 227 sq. ft., 1-ea Zero clearance F/P.,Forced air central ducted heating and
I ran a cost to build estimate for this home plan for Pittsfield, MA 01201 and I came up with an approximate cost to build of $494,462 (including a General Contractor’s markup of $56,450) or $198 per sq ft of heated living area.
An owner/builder would not be paying a General Contractor, so the approximate total cost would be $438,012 or $175 per sq. ft.
This cost to build estimate is a "rough" approximate estimate for 2017.
Land, land development costs, impact fees, if any, and any other local fees, are NOT included in any of the estimated costs to build that I provide.
Well Michael, by using the cost to build calculator and the information found on my Getting Started page you can perform your own cost analysis, varying the quality of construction to fit your budget.
Note: To see what it costs to build a house in other states, visit Cost to Build a House by State.