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Old 06-16-2006, 01:39 PM   #21
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Joasis do you do the acid stain and concrete counters yourself?
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Old 06-16-2006, 02:26 PM   #22
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Acid staining is something new for us, and yes, we will do it ourselves. I have done both cast in place, and pre-cast, and I will do these in pre-cast, non dyed concrete, and then I can get the same hue.
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Just wondering what builders charge per sqft to build a house,,,, how much goes for materials,,, payout for labor,,, and proffit the builder gets at the final sale?
When building spec homes its always a good idea to work backwards, i.e. determine the market sales price for the home. Deduct your target profit from the market sales price. Next deduct the land cost and the operating expense allocations (indirect, financing, marketing, and operating) to determine the amount of money available for direct construction costs.
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holy sh*t guys, 100,000 houses?

Im in CA, and out here, a piece of crap 90 year old 900 sf house that is in need of major work can easily go for 500k.

A decent builder is anywhere from 150-250 a SF.
It all travels down the line, cost of living is $$$ so everying costs more and its absorbed into cost.
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I think the California real estate market is insane, but then it is in a lot of places. The costs in Ca will be way higher then other places also due to insurance, regulation, labor, etc.

There is an increasing trend in the area of people from the left coast buying in this area and relocating, since the COL is so much lower, and property so much cheaper. Might not have California weather, but you don't have California regulation.
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Old 06-17-2006, 02:20 PM   #26
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maj,

i never tried to state that i was a better builder than anyone. It just amazes me how much cheaper material must be in other parts of the country. the cost of living is high in NJ, but the people here are making good money and can afford to put high end buildings and additions in.
not all garages are 100 a sq ft. most people here want a copper roof, standing seam, copper gutters, cedar siding, drywall inside, electrical all done, perhaps heating in the concrete floor. no way you can build that for 9600 bucks. that's not even close to the cost of the material, let alone labor.

i didn't mean to put anyone down in my last post. by no means am I any better than anyone of you guys at all. like i said before, it's interesting to see what other guys can build for, in different parts of the country. i can't even get a building lot here where i live, for under 100,000, and that would be about an acre or less. most 3-5 acre lots around here are 150k-300k.

i apologize about the dog'sass comment, but some jobs really do look like that when people try to build for too low a sq ft. which is why i don't quote sq foot prices to anyone, when i don't know all the details of the job. each job is different.

imo, material for all jobs, should cost the same no matter where you live in the country.

i apologize if i have offended anyone by my last post. i was really refering to area i live in. and if someone around here says they can build for under 100 a sq ft. i'd like to see it when they are done. other states, it's a different story, and I do know that. land is way cheaper in some states, as is the cost of living.

CA is probably the highest out there, Northeast is getting just as bad.

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Dan, I don't think it's so much a difference in material prices as it is costs of doing business. I think materials are pretty consistent throughout the country. Insurance, WC, licensing, unemployment, etc. ( ) are the biggest factors. Add to that .... salaries & wages, profit, mark-up, & subcontractor costs. These are the big differences as far as I can tell.

i.e. Median income for my area is about $40,000. That's probably welfare money for other states !!!
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40k is median here also.....the point is Apgar, it isn't materials that make it higher there, it is the BS that goes with the market + insanely high real estate. If I were buying 25k lots, it would be hard to build and sell a 100k home....150k is more like it. Labor costs here are less expensive, most new homes get 30 year comp roofs (mine get metal roofs, not standing seam), I bet 98% are built on slab, and since our labor is cheaper, it may be materials are slightly cheaper since the lumber yards are not paying $10 an hour for their help, nor the overhead. We don't build shacks in Oklahoma, and I bet maj doesn't build them up north either.
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well just outa curiousity,, what kinda things add value to a home?
Talk to a few realtors. Curb appeal (front of house), kitchens, bathrooms.
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Talk to a few realtors. Curb appeal (front of house), kitchens, bathrooms.
Yeah that. If you are building the home to SELL, don't go crazy either. People are so shallow it's ridiculous.

The longer our home is the market, the more I realize this.

They don't give a HOOT about high output baseboard heating as opposed to regular although in the long term it saves them more money. The material cost is higher but to them, a baseboard is a baseboard is a baseboard.

Same goes for cabinets. You, me and the fence post might know that 3/4" plywood drawer sides mean higher quality, but they don't. It costs us a helluva lot more too and we don't get anything back on resale. They completely miss things like full extension drawer hardware too. Is it a drawer? Does it hold stuff? Does it look cool? Fine. I'll take two.

That said, if you build a spec house that you plan to sell, build it so that you can STAND to live in it. Not as you would build your "dream home". You'll never get back what you put into it. People up here want their pretty cracker jack box houses. It doesn't matter that their cabinets are Home Depot stock laminate. Only people who are in the trades can recognize quality workmanship and materials. Laymen don't care as long as it looks good.

As far as how to price it, your profit margin is driven by current market values for your type of home and how much it costs you to build it. If you put 150k into a home where the average house is going for 200k, 50k is your profit. If you put 100k into the same home in the same area, your profit is 100k. The price of the home does not change (significantly) just because you put in higher end stuff. You just stand to profit less.
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Kristina, Amen!!!!
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150sqft sounds about right for a house equal to a car with roll up windows and hand crank starter
nothing fancy
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I agree with Kristina, Buyers could care less about quality, all they want is high square footage with lowest cost. Houses here go for about $110 a sq. ft. on the north and east side of town but go to the west side and they are going for 200 sq. ft.
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IHI, if I can't make $500 a day, I'm not getting out of bed.

To stay on topic, homes here run about $200+ a ft.
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IHI, if I can't make $500 a day, I'm not getting out of bed.
LOL, between the 4yr old wanting her coco puffs and the senior citizen dog that needs let out, I have to get out of bed weather I'm making money or not
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not to hi-jack your thread travis which is old anyway. but would like to ask joasis about concrete flooring and counter tops.you say its cheaper to do concrete flooring and counters? what would the cost savings be per sq. foot on floors compared with hard wood?
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Now counting the footing/foundation as a trade off, in my area, concrete sells for 80 a yard, depending on what you get. Lets use a 1600 sq/ft for example: a 4 inch floor will take 20 yards of mud, or roughly $1600...and we do the form and pour for $1.25 sq/ft....so that makes the floor cost $3600 + some steel rebar or fiber which is code allowed here..so $4000 total, plus footings. you can figure it with wood and see the difference....used to be a crawl space home figured 25% higher then on slab construction, but I haven't done any, so I really don't know. Matter of fact, last time I did one I was working as a framer in Highschool.

Countertops can be cast in a few hours, and then polished and stained/sealed...so it is cheap by materials and labor....last one I did took 6 bags of high strenght @ $6 a bag......6 hours @$16 (1 guy)...and it was done. Pretty cheap for an 8 foot bar top.
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THANKS JOASIS! i hear if done right concrete floors and counters could pass for more expensive materials.(to the untrained eye of course). i guess the real question is would you use it in your own home? thanks again you seem to know alil about everything.
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joasis, when it comes time to do mine, I hope that you are on vacation.

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