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Question DetailsAsked on 9/19/2017

Cost per sf to build today

1500sf. Metal siding. 1 level. Garage - 2 car, 1. Bedroom 2 bath

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Depends a lot on the "quality" of construction - from basic barn or warehouse level construction to modernistic with high end finish, which can make about a 2:1 to 3:1 difference in price alone - and of course local foundation conditions (whether you need full depth foundation to handle deep frost penetration or no-frost southern climate with slab-on-grade construction for instance), and local pricing.

Can run from a low of around $100/SF or even a bit less in cheapest no-frost areas like much of the deep south, to around $125-150/SF average cost across the US, to as much as $350-700/SF even for normal construction quality in SFO/Silicon Valley and prime NYC areas for instance.

In much of the US, for small town, rural, or typical Middle US suburbia, for normal tract house type construction about $125-150/SF without the land is a common cost range, more in the $150-200/SF for most cities on the coasts and Chicago and Denver and such large midwest cities.

For major urban areas, you can typically find local building cost averages for tract building quality by googling this search phrase with your city name put in place of "cityname" - NAHB Building Cost cityname - which will bring up NAHB data if available for your area, plus links to other local articles on building costs.

Note when looking at average home prices (as opposed to per-square-foot prices) that the average new construction home in the US is now about $375,000 (plus around $75-100,000 for the lot) - but that is for a typical home, which is now around 2700-2800SF in floorplan area. You are looking at something a lot smaller, of course.

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