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Question DetailsAsked on 5/21/2016

What is the square foot price for rough framing a new, small house in San Diego, California

2 Story 1500 sq ft plus 400 sq ft garage

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Course prices will vary a lot depending on house etc, and expect to pay a BUNDLE more in Rancho San Diego area than on the Chula Vista side, for instance. Ballpark numbers from several industry estimating guides for San Diego area - about $40-50/SF for the framing only. If you mean for a framed house - utility feeds incoming and total foundations and framing complete and ready for putting on roofing and siding, insulation, interior utilities and finishes, then more like pushing $100/SF probably - not including land of course. But check with local Builders. In your area, about $200-250SF is the norm (not including land) for smaller, simple homes complete.

Be aware that if you are looking at DIY'ing everything else, be sure the amount of work you have contractors do matches inspection points on the permit - so for instance all the foundation and framing inspections are done and signed off on before you pay the contractor for the framed house, so you are not caught with deficiencies in the paid-for work as you go into the DIY mode.

And of course check on what types of work you can DIY - my understanding of current California codes is you cannot do the roofing or any of the utilities work yourself on new construction in some counties/cities (as opposed to remodel work where you can generally do that on an owner-occupied home) - so be sure how far you need the contractor to go before he turns it over to you.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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