The Cost to Build
First question everyone has is: "How much does it cost to build a house?"
Short answer is anywhere from $140 per livable foot on up. The correct answer is: every house and every piece of land is different. You can build the same house 10 times and the cost to build will be different each time. Here are all the factors that are involved in finalizing your cost to build:
Land Purchase Costs: Chad Hardy is a licensed Realtor and can assist you in finding your perfect lot. Utilizing your Builder as the Realtor will help you mitigate those unexpected costs.
Permit Costs and Impact Fees: Each city will have different permit costs and impact fees for utilities and review costs. Some cities may also require additional inspections on your home increasing the cost with each.
AZDOT: Yes, the Department of Transportation does get involved in the building process. Your property may be located in an area where the AZDOT will require a properly designed and installed driveway transition from your property to the road.
Topography: Are you building on the side a mountain, on a flat lot, or rolling hills? Each property will have their own set of unique issues and obstacles. Our surveyor will create an in depth map of the terrain on your property.
Utilities: How far are you from Power, Water, Sewer, Gas and Cable? There are different companies in different areas for each utility and not every utility is available in every area. Pricing will vary for each depending on availability and distance.
Dirt: You might have found the flattest and most perfect piece of land out there, but we still need to test the dirt. Getting your soils report is an important part of the process. This tells us if we can utilize native soil to build your house or if we need to import engineered dirt to create a lasting pad for the foundation of your house.
Flood: Is there floodplain or flood way on your property? This alone could make your desired lot unbuildable or at the very least increase your homeowners insurance.
Washes and Arroyos: Is there a wash on your property? Does it capture water from just your property or does water flow from miles away and cross your property? Some washes require a scour wall adding tens of thousands of dollars you didn't account for. Some municipalities will allow you to re-route a small wash on your property as long as it enters and exits the property in the same location.
Native Plants: Some cities will require a Native Plant Survey, along with a Re-Vegitation and Plant Salvage Plan. A Re-Vegitation Plan will show that you are using approved plants to bring a disturbed area of your land back to its original native desert. A Plant Salvage Plan will show that you are taking protected species of plans (like a Saguaro Cactus) and relocating it to another area of your property.
NAOS: Natural Area Open Space. These are areas of your property that must remain natural desert. There are some cities that will require you to leave a portion of your land natural desert. This gives a separation between your building area and your neighbors building area creating a stand alone look to each house instead of the shared fence walls you get in a normal subdivision. This will shrink down your usable space on your property and may prevent you from building that dream shop or casita you were hoping for.
HOA: Don't get me started on HOA's. Williamson Development will assist in acquiring all information needed to build in your HOA. We will also help with submittal's to the design committee. Each HOA will have their own fees for design review.
Grading and Drainage: Once the footprint of the house is created our grading and drainage engineer will take the Surveyor's Topo Plan, The Architects footprint and the soils report, to create your grading and drainage plan. This will include the house location on your lot, any fences that you are wanting, along with water shed and retention areas as needed.
Architect: Lets get started with the design process. This has proven to be one of the funnest parts of the process but also one of the longer parts. We have worked closely with our preferred Architect for many years now. There are a lot of details that go into finalizing a set of plans and it has averaged about 4 months from start to finish. Multiple changes during the process and prolonged indecisive moments will add time to the design process.
Design: How you design your house has a direct effect on how much your house will cost to build. If your house is a perfect square with flat roof trusses you might have the most boring house ever built but it will be cheaper to build. Lots of jogs in the walls, changes in elevation and architectural features will give your house a unique and more appealing look but it will also add cost to your budget.
Building and Materials: To keep this side of it short, I won't get into the specifics of everything. It's fairly easy to determine that the more expensive your building materials are and the harder they are to install will increase the cost of your final budget. We are here to help assist you in finding the perfect blend of budget and luxury!
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