Spring means new building contracts & the excitement of having a custom home with everything your heart desires.
With roughly 10 days left of ski season the questions about building – are in fact building. What can we expect to spend on an Adirondack style home?
My general answer is about $200/ square foot – with allowances for things we typically see in the “level of homes we build”. This is not a smoke and mirrors answer, it is in fact based of better than average finishes but not…Hollywood movie star “pimp my crib finishes”. To stay on budget when building Custom Mountain or lake side homes – you’ll have a choice of Hardwood floors, Granite counter tops, lighting fixtures, stainless steel appliances, and landscaping similar to other area homes we have completed. That being said, we have a certain segment of clients that want exotic woods, commercial appliances or 10 foot antler chandeliers…that can be ten times the “normal allowances” and that is fine, but not at $200/ Sq Ft.
If you want your home to be completed by New Years Eve of 2012…we need to break ground in April (next month)…REALLY – is the answer.
The finish descions can wait a little bit –but the floor plan, site plan and town permits will need to be submitted PRONTO!! Choosing kitchen cabinets and the color of the stone on your fireplace can be done after we break ground. But you still don’t have forever on those choices either, the plumber, and electrician need to complete their work – before the finish guys can do their job…so one hold up causes a domino effect…and jeopardizes your expected move in date accordingly.
Timber frame Vs. Tradition 2x6 Frame…or a combination of both.
A timber frame home is way cool to look at – but it can add 30% or more to the cost of building and can be the cause of construction delays as well.
We have found most of our clients will opt to have the public spaces (living room – dinning – and kitchen done with the exposed beam method, while using the traditional 2 x 6 construction for bedrooms, baths and other spaces. This offers great insulation options, is easier to plumb and wire plus doesn’t require a crane on site for days on end.
If you are ready to build – it’s time to pull the trigger…right now!
Buying, building, or selling in the White mountains of New Hampshire – give us a call we offer one stop shopping with real estate brokerage and in-house design build services at Loon – Waterville and the Lakes Region.
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