Appleton buyers agent
So many times we hear people ask, "But what is the $ per square feet?"  Generally speaking, so many people just want to know what the cost is.  Well, not a "news bulletin" here, but it depends on what you put IN to the home.  Regardless of your budget, one needs to spend substantial time up front helping you decide what features should be in your custom home. Based on your needs, you dictate what your cost per square foot will be. Below you will find how 3 levels of a home (Bronze/Silver/Gold) can create an expected cost range.  Use these ideas as a checklist of what is important to you. Note, these costs were devised several years ago, so do realize costs have gone up over the past few years.
 
 
$ per square foot:
$ X-90
$90-100
$100-125
 
Feature
Bronze
Silver
Gold
Design:
 
 
 
 
Great function, minimize hallways
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Built-in "niches"
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Arches
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
9' ceilings on first floor
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Wide stair cases
If plan allows
Yes
Yes
 
Huge closet(s) over garage
If plan allows
Yes
Yes
 
Master Bedroom on first floor
No
Yes
Yes
Exterior:
 
 
 
 
Windows
Semco
Semco/Andersen
Andersen
 
Roofing
3 tab, 25year
Dimensional, 25 yr
Dimensional, 30 yr+
 
Siding
Standard
Premium
Premium +
 
Brick
Minimal
Some
Substantial
 
Front porch
Minimal
Yes
Large
 
Exterior window headers, gable vents
Minimal
Yes
Yes
 
Roof venting
Ridge vents
Ridge vents
Ridge vents
 
Dormers
No
Yes
Yes
Interior:
 
 
 
 
Floor joist system
"Silent Flooring"
"Silent Flooring"
Floor trusses
 
Subfloor
3/4" T/G OSB
3/4" T/G OSB
3/4" T/G plywood
 
Insulation
R-19/R-38
R-19/R-38
R??/R??
 
Plaster/Drywall
Either
Either
Either
 
Square/Round corners
Square
Either
Either
 
Painting
1 color throughout
1 color throughout
Custom by room
 
Doors
???
6 panel, solid core
6 panel, solid core
 
Whirlpool
Possibly
Yes
Yes
 
Millwork (Base/casing)
Standard
Standard/Large
Large/Custom
 
Paint/Stained Millwork
Stained
Either
Either/Mixed
 
Cabinets
Box
Custom
Custom
 
Countertops
Standard
Standard
Solid surface (Corian)
 
Fireplace
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Crown moulding
No
Yes
Yes
 
Tray ceilings/cathedral/2 story rooms
Minimal
Yes
Yes
Flooring:
 
 
 
 
Vinyl
Yes
Yes
Minimal
 
Tile
Minimal
Yes
Yes
 
Hardwoods (3/4" T/G)
No
Yes
Yes
 
Marble
No
No
Yes
Basement:
 
 
 
 
Oversized windows
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Designed for future finished space
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Ductwork/plumbing in discreet places
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Radon sump pit
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Plumbing rough in for future bath
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Basement finished
No
Maybe
Most likely
 
Stairs from garage to basement
No
Yes
Yes
 
Ceiling height
8'
8'
9'
Concrete:
 
 
 
 
Driveway/front walk
"Real" allowance
"Real" allowance
"Real" allowance
 
Patio
No
Possibly
Yes
Garage:
 
 
 
 
Floor Drain
No
Yes
Multiple
 
Insulated
Per code
Per code/yes
Yes
 
Drywalled
Per code
Per code/yes
Yes
 
Finished
No
Possibly
Yes
Yard
 
 
 
 
Landscaping
No
Minimal
Yes
 
Buried down spouts
No or by owner
Maybe
Yes


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