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Re: Building a Home [Re: Crit-R-Dun] #6965597
08/16/20 10:16 AM
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Bingo...plus they have eng/art that will stamp the plans for your state bldg. dept approval.

Re: Building a Home [Re: Crit-R-Dun] #6965600
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Visited Avis homes in PA and talked to the engineering staff and watched a home in progress. Was very impressed.

Re: Building a Home [Re: trapper124] #6965672
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$150-$200 /ft is spot on...keep it real simple and you can probably get it to $140, lots of variables


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Re: Building a Home [Re: trapper124] #6966309
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I hate the baloney of so much per sq foot pricing. I built my home which is roughly 2700 sq ft for $110k but built it myself. The worst thing somebody can do is build in a development and use a developer. you are lining his pocket. Upgrades get expensive.

My advice is and when I started I could not cut a piece of wood straight. I was 22 yrs old but was determined to build my own home with very little mortgage. I drew my own plans, met with inspectors etc. We built the first 1500 sq ft all cash. The second 1200 sq ft had a $20k equity loan and roughly $35k cash. Anybody with half a brain can build a house that they can be proud of. Drive around to new home developments and check them out. Go to open houses and see what's new and great. I bet right now I could contract out most of a 2000 sq ft home that would be beautiful and be in the $250k range which would include sewer/septic, land etc. But.......you would be doing your own GC work, interior trim, plumbing, HW floors and electrical. I have been planning 2 houses for my kids and that is the range that I have been coming up with. Why be married to your wife AND a 30 mortgage ? If you cannot afford HW floors then put some semi-cheap laminate that say down the road in 5-7 yrs you can do all hardwood & tile. I have a 12'x12' cultured stone wall that I did in 1989 with no experience and it is still standing with no problems. Do not fall into the trap of nearly half a lifetime mortgage. And I am just a normal working stiff.

Re: Building a Home [Re: trapper124] #6966439
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At the time we were ready for a new house, we were not ready for the huge payment. So without drawn plans we dug a foundation. We never made a drawing and proceeded to framing it up. Ordered full span trusses and formed a work party of friends to lift walls and trusses. I won't say it was easy, but it sure was cost effective and fun to try to figure how much was saved daily. 32x60 cost was right around 50k in 2002. Must say I was able to build all cabinetry, kitchen and baths which saved a bundle. Good luck

Re: Building a Home [Re: trapper124] #6966451
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My first house in Dallas WI. Was 16,900.00 1989


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