Estimate the Cost to Build a 2,000 Square Foot House in Los Angeles

Summary: Estimate the cost to build a 2,000 square foot new house in Los Angeles. New home construction cost for Los Angeles is explained here.

Hi Carl,

I saw your estimate for building a 2000 square foot house for $200,000.

Do you think this estimate would apply to Los Angeles?

I would like to build my own house and need help.

Thank you, Jim

Hi Jim, Here's a beautiful 2,144 sq. ft. Mediterranean House Plan that I think would look great in the LA area and even though it is a little larger than 2,000 square feet, I came up with a rough cost to build of $195,104 for an owner builder.

So I guess my answer to you would be yes!

Mediterranean House Plans typically consist of elegantly designed open floor plans, with stucco exterior and clay tile roofing. As the name implies Mediterranean home designs originated in the Mediterranean region, however you can find Mediterranean designs all over the world.

The features of this house include a concrete slab foundation with 6 corners and stucco coated stud walls, formal living room, laundry on main floor, master on main floor, nook, split bedrooms, courtyard entry garage, and front and rear porches (under the main roof line).

House Plan 286-00032 from America's Best House Plans

Using the cost estimating software for the Los Angeles area I came up with $219,592, including the General Contractor markup of $24,536, and $195,056 without the General Contractor markup.

That’s an approximate cost of $102 per square foot with a General Contractor, $91 per square foot without one.

You should keep in mind that the cost to build this new home, or any new house, can vary considerably depending on the quality of building materials selected, local labor costs and material costs and, on actual bids for labor and material. Local building permits can vary quite a bit.

The cost estimate for this house is an approximate one and as always, excludes land.

Until you actually start getting construction bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), it will remain approximate.

You should also read my article on Cost Estimating.

Good luck, Carl Heldmann