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Old 02-08-2017, 10:08 AM   #1
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We are in the process of working on plans for a new house. We've been working with someone that we feel will build us the best built house out of the builders in Lufkin. We got our rough estimate back yesterday and it seemed really high for what we are wanting. I know you get what you pay for and I'm not looking to cut corners because we will live in this house from now on. The exterior of our house is all hardie board-board and batten. We don't have one piece of rock on our house, we are going for the farmhouse look. The fireplace will be brick, granite countertops, no outdoor kitchen or fireplace. It's a very open floorplan thats a little over 2,700 square foot heated and cooled with a carpot. It's a nice home but nothing is over the top on appliances or design. We are shopping everything online to try and get the best price on lighting, faucets etc.

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What are yalls guesses on price per square foot? Anyone built a home lately that can shed some light?
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:16 AM   #2
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I was quoted $125-130/foot for custom last year with rock and stone, and outdoor living (not including land), so I will guess $105-$110/foot.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:16 AM   #3
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fully custom homes are going $140-$150/Sqft in north Texas if you don't include the cost of dirt. Scaling things back, nicely appointed track homes are $115-$125 a sq. ft.

This is my recent experience. YMMV.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:17 AM   #4
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I have been looking at houses and barndominiums. For a custom built home I have been seeing around $125-135 sq ft around my area.
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140-150 is stupid high
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:25 AM   #6
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I'm getting quotes around NB upwards of 150- 170 for a custom German farmhouse look
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:29 AM   #7
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75-90 per sq foot down here in south texas for a good quality home.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:33 AM   #8
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I just moved in to a custom home around the same size as yours in June. It was $125 a foot that included the lot. This was in Temple and we had alot of rock and brick.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:39 AM   #9
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I price houses for a custom builder in the north Texas area (north of Denton) and we would be around $90-$95 for the house itself depending on plan and location.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:41 AM   #10
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We already own our place so this would be the house only. I was quoted $120 a foot and that didn't include dirt work. Dirt work was another 13-14K.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:43 AM   #11
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$142/sq foot here in Bryan, but that includes the lot.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:45 AM   #12
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With dirt work the quote would be $126 a sq ft.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:50 AM   #13
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Everything depends on the finishes. You can build the same house and easily have a $20/ft difference or more depending on what you want inside it


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Old 02-08-2017, 10:51 AM   #14
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That seems high especially with a hardie exterior. Custom homes around the Baytown area are around 125 a sq ft.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:56 AM   #15
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For a hardie house like you described I would say between $100-110 per sqft. I would get several quotes from different builders. We were going to have a house built a few years ago and we were quoted about 210k for a 2100sqft hardie house like you describe. That was septic too. We ended up finding a 5 year old house on 2 acres for way less than that so we sold our land and bought instead.
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Old 02-08-2017, 10:59 AM   #16
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I was hoping for $110 a square foot.
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:02 AM   #17
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A custom here in Bryan/college station your looking at 125-135 on your own property.

2 things:
Square foot prices will always vary depending on finishes. Asking sqft prices is kind of a loaded question. There are just too many finishes these days to just go off sqft prices.

The other thing that's hurting you is the pull of sub contractors in East Texas. As of right now subs can kind of charge what they want all across Texas. So they charge what they want and there's not enough competition to keep prices low. I also feel like concrete in etx is a little more pricey since they have to travel further.
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I'm getting quotes around NB upwards of 150- 170 for a custom German farmhouse look


If your building in SA/NB area I know a guy. You can check out my house building thread. If you want his info PM me


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I would get more quotes. I would think $110 should be able to be found. Have you got any other quotes yet?
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Old 02-08-2017, 11:16 AM   #20
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I've only got one quote. I also just found out he forgot to include the septic system at another $5,500. That comes out to $128 sq ft now including septic and dirt work.
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:19 PM   #22
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I am in the process of building a custom home and everyone saying under $110 or even 120.....good luck :-) need to do a full schedule of finishes, drawins, septic design, septic, dirt, blah blah. All in I am looking at 140-150 and started this with 120 in my mind.
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I price houses for a custom builder in the north Texas area (north of Denton) and we would be around $90-$95 for the house itself depending on plan and location.
For a 3500-4000 sf custom???? I may need you to send me your website/info again.
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:30 PM   #24
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I just had one built three months ago and came out at 116 a sqft
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Old 02-08-2017, 12:34 PM   #25
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I'm contracting my own and will be at $84 a sq ft.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:34 PM   #27
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Don't move to Montana.....you will **** a chicken at the prices up here......175-250/sq ft
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:39 PM   #28
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Real James Hardie products are not cheap. You also have to consider the additional caulking/painting costs. Its nearly a wash compared to brick. Also you said brick fireplace. If you mean a truly traditional brick fireplace with brick flue/chimney your looking at an additional $7 to $10k minimum. Your $126 per sqft may be a bit high but not insane. Lots to consider besides "granite"....Window quality? HVAC equipment? Custom cabinets? Trim package? Flooring materials? Tile surrounds for tubs? Custom shower? All these items add up (or deduct) significantly.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:40 PM   #29
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It's been a eye opener for me. We are about 50k higher than where I thought we would be.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:47 PM   #30
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Build them all the time start at 130.00 per sq.ft.
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:48 PM   #31
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Old 02-08-2017, 01:53 PM   #32
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I would think in Lufkin you could build cheap. We built in Katy last year and built a custom 2700sq/ft for $113 Ft. That included the lot.
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Real James Hardie products are not cheap. You also have to consider the additional caulking/painting costs. Its nearly a wash compared to brick. Also you said brick fireplace. If you mean a truly traditional brick fireplace with brick flue/chimney your looking at an additional $7 to $10k minimum. Your $126 per sqft may be a bit high but not insane. Lots to consider besides "granite"....Window quality? HVAC equipment? Custom cabinets? Trim package? Flooring materials? Tile surrounds for tubs? Custom shower? All these items add up (or deduct) significantly.
This^^^^ 110-135 in Beaumont/Orange area depending on what you want. As mentioned Hardie is not as cheap as you think all things considered. Depending on what this bid includes you can cut some cost. Is this bid based on what you want or what the builder has given you for allowances. AC if zone controlled can run the cost up quick. Flooring can make things go through the roof. your masonry fireplace will be higher than an insert. Far House paneled windows are outrageous.
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Old 02-08-2017, 02:24 PM   #34
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I'm a custom home builder here in the Hill Country and most of my builds start in the $130-$140 range this is based on heated/cooled sq ft. Most of my builds end up in the $160 sq ft range. On occasion I will build one in the $110 ft price range.

For me, it all depends on finish out, slope of the lot, whether there is rock or not, etc. I do feel that quality labor (subs) isn't cheap but our local market dictates that.
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We have plans drawn up and met with builder...currently looking for acreage (20ish).

3000sqft brick/rock exterior, granite, nice appliance, nice fixtures, nice window treatments, etc. spray foam, a truly nice/well built home. We are under 115/sqft. Depending on pad site, how deep our well needs to be, and how far from the road we will sit (electric and driveway) we should land around 122-124/sqft.
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For a 3500-4000 sf custom???? I may need you to send me your website/info again.


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OP be aware, everyone has a different definition of "custom" and "nice finishes". In a real custom home your options are whatever your wallet can afford. Anything you want can be done, just depends on what you want to pay. Like stated above, price / sq ft is not an accurate comparison. To many factors and definitions of "nice" to compare apples to apples


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In the 170's in Georgetown, up the road in Jarrell , your looking in the 140's.
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In and around the San Antonio area it seems to be in the $150-160 range for a custom home.
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For all of these custom homes being built by yall, what kind of appliances, flooring, plumbing fixtures, etc are yall putting in? Large outside space, outside kitchen, fire places? I had a home quoted to build in Fulshear by two builders and Im not getting anywhere near the price of any of yall.
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:34 AM   #41
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125 max which better include the septic. We ended up paying around 145 with lots of bells and whistles though. Be careful about going with the cheapest bid. We went with a quality builder with a great reputation and we couldn't of been happier. He was on time and always returned calls. And if there were any issues he remedied it immediately. You don't get that with everyone, so be very careful because you can have an absolute nightmare on your hands if you go with the wrong contractor!
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Old 02-09-2017, 08:36 AM   #42
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Price seems fair.
Maybe $10 per square high.
If he is good he will be worth an extra 10%
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I'm getting quotes around NB upwards of 150- 170 for a custom German farmhouse look
Any pics? love that style.
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From a lender that deals with lots of different builders that customers bring to the table I can say that if I was to ever build a home I would be VERY willing to pay an extra $10-$20/sqft to use one of the local quality builders in my area and not one of the best bang for your buck builders in my local area. There is a BIG difference between a good builder and a top notch builder and it WILL cost you some more $ to have the Top Notch builder complete the home for you. If your builder is one of the top notch builders then I would not worry about your bid being $10-$15/ft over what you were expecting. If that puts the home out of your budget then accept that fact and wait another 6 months to start and save some more $ between now and then
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I price houses for a custom builder in the north Texas area (north of Denton) and we would be around $90-$95 for the house itself depending on plan and location.
Would this be around the Ray Roberts area?
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Man, there are so many factors here. From finishes to trucking all the way to how busy builders are in the area. Id definitely shop around.

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Would this be around the Ray Roberts area?
Yes sir. We build within a 60 mile range out of Pilot Point. Have been building true custom homes since 1980.
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Any pics? love that style.
Google 46041HC. Its a cool house plan. We are basing ours off this basic look.

Try Cornerstone Architects out of Austin......look at the LLano Ranch home. Way outta my league, but we can all dream
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We are in the process of working on plans for a new house. We've been working with someone that we feel will build us the best built house out of the builders in Lufkin. We got our rough estimate back yesterday and it seemed really high for what we are wanting. I know you get what you pay for and I'm not looking to cut corners because we will live in this house from now on. The exterior of our house is all hardie board-board and batten. We don't have one piece of rock on our house, we are going for the farmhouse look. The fireplace will be brick, granite countertops, no outdoor kitchen or fireplace. It's a very open floorplan thats a little over 2,700 square foot heated and cooled with a carpot. It's a nice home but nothing is over the top on appliances or design. We are shopping everything online to try and get the best price on lighting, faucets etc.

House sq ft : 2,728
Total covered area with carport and porches: 3,768

What are yalls guesses on price per square foot? Anyone built a home lately that can shed some light?
Can't accurately bid anything w/o seeing the plans , list of materials/finishes, and values/quantities.
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OP be aware, everyone has a different definition of "custom" and "nice finishes". In a real custom home your options are whatever your wallet can afford. Anything you want can be done, just depends on what you want to pay. Like stated above, price / sq ft is not an accurate comparison. To many factors and definitions of "nice" to compare apples to apples


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