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bigblockyeti

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02-05-2018 09:11 PM

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Am I crazy to think I can get a builder to build a simple colonial or ranch ~2300sqft. built on my land for $75 – $80/sqft? I’m looking at multiple lots between Spartanburg & Greenville and most of the builders crank out neighborhoods with 1/6 acre lots or 4500sqft. Mcmansions with sewing rooms and 5 bathrooms, neither of which appeal to me. I just need a 4br, 3 ba rectangle with another rectangular garage attached to serve as my shop before I can build a bigger detached shop. Any advise would be greatly appreciated!

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me


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#1 posted 02-05-2018 09:35 PM

This is the sort of thing that could depend a lot on your local market. In some markets, you would have better luck finding an old house that matched what you want.

One thing to keep in mind is that, while what you’re looking for sounds simpler than a lot of new construction, what you’re asking for may be seen as a custom build.

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#2 posted 02-05-2018 09:40 PM

+1 mr pink, in the austin area (i do some designs for a contractor) the build cost goes for 200/300 sqft. they squeeze every little sqft out of the lot. But in my neighborhood i’m looking at 90/100 or even less depending on what I can do, vs what I’m gonna have others do. Trim and cabinets are mine, but electrical and plumbing, i’ll gladly pay someone to do.

-- Justin

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#3 posted 02-05-2018 09:50 PM

I realize it has a great deal to do with location but I’m seeing brand new completed homes with yards, minimal landscaping, a driveway and a few appliances for $100/sqft. I’m asking for the same thing minus the lawn, landscaping, driveway & appliances which puts one particular house right at $79/sqft. I’m OK with that and they’ll still make MORE money on the deal as there’s no realtor involved, they’re building the house on my dime not their own finances and they don’t have to sit on it for months after completion all the while paying utilities and taxes.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 02-05-2018 09:55 PM

How cheap can you get the dirt for and what is your expectation of the quality of the finishes? You can do $80/sq ft, but you’re going to have to give up something to get it.

The cheapest way to build is a 2 story box. The smaller the foundation the cheaper. Keep the roof lines simple and not cut up. Engineered trusses are cheaper than stick built.

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#5 posted 02-05-2018 09:59 PM

When I looked a couple years ago, $100-120 was more typical.

Remember that it’s cheaper per square foot to go bigger, usually. So bigger houses get a cost break based off of that.

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 10:22 PM

+1 what Gilley said.

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 10:27 PM

The dirt I’m paying cash for so that’s out of the equation all together. Remember, this is SC and things are likely priced differently. I’m looking at multiple spec homes now priced @ $98/sqft. lot included. I just want to remove the cost of the lot, lawn, landscaping & appliances and change exactly nothing else.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#8 posted 02-05-2018 10:30 PM

can ya be your own general contractor/builder? line up all the trades yourself? basically cut out the middleman.

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#9 posted 02-05-2018 10:46 PM

Moving to a new state and learning new rules would make that tough, getting it done without know anyone in the trades, specifically their speed and quality would make it really tough. The bank issuing a construction loan wanting builder approval prior to lending makes it tougher yet

I fully intend on building a house with my own two hands at some point, but being able to skip financing would be very helpful in doing so as would be having older kids as assets to help vs. my now young kids as liabilities.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 02-05-2018 11:03 PM

How do you feel about manufactured homes? I’m not talking about mobile homes. Built elsewhere and taken to the site and assembled.

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#11 posted 02-05-2018 11:11 PM

Not object to the idea, I know my wife would be however. This Old House did a high end one once, that I could use to sway her I’m sure but I still need to research what it would cost.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#12 posted 02-05-2018 11:17 PM

Seems to me like you should be asking some of your local contractors.

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#13 posted 02-05-2018 11:23 PM

Another option would be to take an existing home and renovate to your liking. There are renovations loan available that would even allow for additions. This is what I do for a living, so feel free to message me if you want details.

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#14 posted 02-05-2018 11:32 PM



Seems to me like you should be asking some of your local contractors.

- AlaskaGuy


This is high on my priority list when I become local, I’ve got feelers out there with several different folks, a lot of family in the area included. I’ve gone the renovation route before and while it’s not out of the question, getting in the right school district with a lot in the right area that’s the right size greatly complicates that route.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#15 posted 02-06-2018 12:54 AM

I am about to finish my custom house right now and I am well versed on building in my area. My house will cost about $120 including the lot. You can probably get someone to build a house for close to $80. It will have the cheapest materials and methods the building inspector will permit. The light fixtures, door hardware, flooring, and other materials will all be “contractor grade”.. The quality custom builders in my area would probably not be interested because they are building more expensive and higher profit houses.

>>> Your area may be different! <<<

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