Fine Line Home Design LLC

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How much will my custom home cost?

This is a question that I can't answer for you, unfortunately.  There are simply too many variables for me to give an answer with any authority.  What I can tell you is that there are some Wish List line items I see again and again that translate into higher-than-expected estimates, such as:

  • Solar panels
  • Geothermal
  • Metal roofing
  • Fireplaces
  • Hardwood and tile (as opposed to carpet or laminate)
  • Fiber-cement siding (as opposed to vinyl siding)
  • Stone or brick veneer
  • Custom cabinetry, particularly the modern stuff
  • High end countertops
  • Exaggerated cantilevers
  • "Green" building materials and practices
  • Structural garage slabs with storage rooms beneath
  • Really cool exterior doors
  • Unique staircases (open riser, open stairwells, unusual shapes)
  • Synthetic decking boards and decking rails (as opposed to treated wood)
  • Cable rail systems
  • High ceilings (and the taller windows and doors that follow)
  • Stained wood interior trim (as opposed to painted wood trim)
  • Elevators
  • Floor level transitions (sunken Great Room, for example)
  • Coffered or cathedral ceilings
  • Roof structures that cannot be built using pre-engineered roof trusses
  • Timber framing
  • Multiple covered porches
  • One story homes (as opposed to two stories)
  • Any non-traditional construction technique which would require finding a builder with experience in that technique (such as SIPs, or straw bale construction).

Don't get me wrong -- I like these things too and will happily show them on your preliminary and subsequent pricing drawings.  Every customer has at least a couple custom features that simply  must be incorporated into the final job, no matter what.   And keep in mind that some big-ticket items like solar panels or geothermal are investments that can be recouped over time.  Just be ready for a bit of sticker-shock when your potential builder gives you an estimate that's more than you anticipated.  And be ready to cross a few things off of your list in order to afford the features that will keep you loving your home for years to come.

Might I suggest you check out this site and run some basic ideas through it before you become too discouraged?

www.costtobuild.net

Maybe you don't need a three-car garage after all, if it means you can have 9' second floor ceilings instead of 8'!  This site is free to use and I did a trial run-through of a generic two-story home that came in just where I anticipated it would.