The cost per square foot concept began about 35 years ago when the same style homes were built over and over again in the same community. It made construction and pricing simple. Over the years, we’ve seen builders construct standard model homes with a few different options to create a cost per square foot price in their large subdivisions. Unlike track homes, every detail in a custom home is unique. When building a custom home, the options available to you are limitless, making the cost per square foot a complicated topic.
Here are just some of the details that influence square footage costs:
Complex shapes with many corners, multi-roof planes and steep pitches with cathedral and vaulted ceilings, multiple dormers with angles and bump-outs, various wall heights, turrets and prows add curb appeal. However, these details also increase the cost per square foot.
Both a 40’ x40’ structure and a 20’ x 80’ structure contain1600 square feet. However, the outside wall of the rectangle structure is 40 feet longer than the square structure and requires more foundation, framing, insulation, wall covering, electrical, plumbing, heating and finishing work, which all increase the cost per square foot.
Building Materials and Codes
Nana wall systems and patio doors may look similar, but they perform and cost differently. Real stone is almost twice the price of cultured stone. The roofing material you select can range from $70 to more than $500 per square. Custom windows and doors, heating options such as ‘in-floor’ and geo-thermal heating systems, all impact the cost of the home. Local codes for snow loads, earthquakes, and hurricanes can also require extra materials not necessary in other locations.
Cabinets for the same kitchen design can range from $10,000 (or less) to more than $35,000 depending on finishing options. Countertops for the same kitchen can range from $15 to more than $150 per foot. Flooring costs also range at length due to quality and the type or class of wood, tile, or carpet used. When it comes to plumbing fixtures, faucets, tubs, showers and toilets, a bathroom can range from $3,600 (or less) to $15,000 and up.
With so many options and building scenarios available in custom homes today, it's nearly impossible to guess a number without first making some design decisions and discussing them openly with the people of your choice. At Wisconsin Log Homes
, we find it much more realistic to give a ‘good,’ ‘better,’ and ‘best’ range of what the cost could be according to our experience until we get more information about your visions.