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Five factors affecting building costs

How much should you budget for a new building? There are various factors affecting building costs that determine a final price.

These factors include:

1) Size

In most cases, the size of a building will impact the overall price you can expect to pay. Materials and labor are the primary cost drivers. A bigger building takes more posts, lumber siding, shingles, labor and more which will increase the cost.

To keep costs in check, work with a builder that provides design services. When understanding your needs, they can offer alternatives that will allow you to accomplish your goals.

2) Site

Your building site requires preparation. The lot, the location of your building and zoning requirements influence the amount of clearing and grading required. The more site preparation, the greater the total expenditure for your building.

It may be necessary to grade or level the ground so that it's safe to build on. Even land that looks flat has a slope that may require some leveling. Grading may also be required for drainage control and erosion prevention.

In addition, here are other factors to consider:

  • Are you able to keep trees or do they have to be removed?
  • Will large rocks or roots from trees need removal?
  • What driveway length is required?
  • Do you need utility lines to hook up with municipal services?

Lastly, if there is a spot on your lot with a certain position to the sun or view you prefer, it could lead to additional site preparation costs.

3) Features

The frame, siding and roof, the bare necessities. Rarely does the basic structure meet your requirements. A concrete slab, windows, interior finishing, plumbing and electrical, are just a few of the features that you may want to incorporate into your building. The length of that list and the materials and labor required to complete it, will impact the total cost of your building.

4) Material Costs

The material cost for your basic structure and the additional features you require represent a significant part of a building project. You can influence these costs to a certain extent. For example, selecting a premium window will add to the total cost versus the standard version. However, determining the value of structural items is more challenging.

Some builders will intentionally use substandard materials to reduce costs. How do you know if a 2’ x 6” is preferable to a 2” x 4” or if a 26’ truss is better than a 30’ version.

Sitting down with your builder and building designer will provide you a specific understanding of why certain materials are specified and the value they bring to your structure.

5) Project Clarity

Changes that occur in the middle of a project lead to unexpected and higher costs. Tearing down and rebuilding a wall because the room size was smaller than required can be avoided by proper upfront planning. A good builder will review these details with you to ensure the design meets your needs. Plus, they help identify potential trouble spots (like rooms that are too small) and review them with clients before construction starts.

A well designed and planned structure results in both cost certainty and a lower total cost.

The Final Word

Working with a respected builder and building designer is the best way to get the most out of your building budget. They will provide options to help you avoid unnecessary costs. However, with the factors affecting building costs, you may have to increase your budget. The average cost of a two car garage last year was approximately $26,000.

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