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Question DetailsAsked on 3/9/2017

cost to build a 1000' house on slab, one level, 2bedrooms/1-1/2 baths, solar heated in Vermont

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Here is a previous similar question with answer FYI -

Nationwide, not including land costs, normal homes run about $125-150/SF - probably more like $150-175 in your more expensive part of the country.

The solar heating thing - probably ballpark $10,000-20,000 for a PV (solar cell) based system, typically more like $15,000-30,000 for a geothermal system. For your area between the northern location and generally pretty healthy snow depths, a roof or wall-mounted thermal fluid (hot water) system is pretty much out, unless you want no heat in the winter.

I would do some SERIOUS research on the solar power thing ubnless off the grid or in a very high cost fuel area - not only because you are in far from a prime area for it, but also because without SERIOUS government subisidies (which have mostly gone away as of the end of last year), generally individual residential systems do not pan out from an economic standpoint.

One other thing - seriously ? - slab on grade in Vermont ? Even if the building code allows it, with normal 5-6 foot frost design depth in your state, not something I would recommend.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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