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How to Estimate Home Construction Costs in Northern California.

Summary: How to estimate home construction costs in Northern California.

This is an excellent home plan to use to discover the cost to build a home in the Sacramento CA area.

Exquisite windows, charming gables and an inviting porch front this warm, thoughtful family home.

Inside, choose between formal affairs and casual get-togethers.

The living and dining rooms are ideal for entertaining, while the open areas are great family spots.

Four bedrooms, including the master suite are on the upper floor.

Square Footage: 3,171 sq. ft.
First Floor: 1,488 sq. ft.
Second Floor: 1,683 sq. ft.
Garage: 773 sq. ft.
Attic: 480 square feet of unfinished attic area with 60 inch to 78 inch headroom.
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Half Baths: 1
Foundation: Unfinished Basement: 1556 sq. ft.
Central ducted heating and cooling. 1 each insulated prefab metal fireplace, brick face.

To estimate building costs, I’ll use the cost estimating software, also called a cost to build calculator, that is found on my Getting Started page. I’ll use Quality Class 5 (Average Standard) throughout the process.

Using this  foundation shape on the cost to build calculator for the Sacramento, CA area, I came up with $371,006 including a General Contractor markup of $42,356. That’s approximately $117 per sq. ft.

You should keep in mind that the cost to build for this example, or any house plan, can vary considerably depending quality of materials selected, and on actual bids for labor and material.

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First Floor


Second Floor

Again, the estimate for this house is an approximate one based on “average standard” quality materials.

Important: Cost estimates change with time. YOU can update this 2017 estimate to see if it has, as well as experimenting with different building quality inputs that affect the cost to build.

Keep in mind that these estimates are approximate and are just a guide. Until you actually start getting your own bids and estimates and entering them into your own spreadsheet (see my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets), they will remain approximate.

Note: Land, land development costs, impact fees, if any, and any other local fees, are NOT included in any of the estimated costs to build that I provide.

Good luck, Carl Heldmann