Calculating the True Cost of Construction
A veteran builder uncovers the upgrades that take building budgets from baseline to busted.
Synopsis: Anybody can calculate their house’s cost per square foot after it’s built. Forecasting that number ahead of time, though, requires lots of work for the homeowner and the builder. This up-front planning forces a strong focus on the utility of each space in a house, including broad choices about size down to crucial forethought about where switches and outlets will be located. As veteran builder Paul Biebel demonstrates, the result is more accurate building plans, the homeowner and the builder seeing eye to eye, and a more realistic budget.
I must have met with a thousand prospective clients in the last 40 years, all of whom have asked a series of questions that basically boil down to this: “How much will it cost per square foot to build the house we have in mind?” They usually proceed to show me their dream home; sometimes it’s copied from…