How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Home in Virginia

How Much Does it Cost to Build a New Home in Virginia


I found Architectural House Plans on your website and found a plan that I like.

Is there anyway that you could give me an estimated cost to build in Richmond, VA?

I really like their Field of Dreams (Plan ID Number: GL-983) which designed by Jean Larson.

Is there another tool that gives you estimated cost based on your zip code and the square footage, number of corners on the house, etc?

Thanks so much for any help,


Hi Laura,

I am unaware of any other FREE cost estimating tool but I think the Cost to Build Calculator on my Getting Started page from Craftsman Book would be hard to beat.

The criteria I used is as follows: 4 corners (Small insets not requiring a change in the roof shape can be ignored when determining the shape), quality class #6 throughout except for the foundation where I used #5, detached garage, unfinished basement, Forced air heat and A/C, not in a housing tract, and not outside a metro area.

I have determined there is no usable attic space on this particular version of the house.

I use "quality class" # 6 to do preliminary estimating as I feel it give a pretty good estimate for a fairly decent quality house. One can then "upgrade" based on their budget.

By the way, this is a really nice house that makes an excellent use of space.
Field of Dreams
Plan ID Number: GL-983
Designed by: Jean Larson SALA Architects, Inc.

(Designed by Jean Larson (author of "The Farmhouse", by Taunton Press), with Steve Mooney and Greg Graton, this home was featured in the highly acclaimed book, "Creating The Not So Big House" by Sarah Susanka)

Square Footage:
Total living area: 2,270 Main Level: 1,275
Upper Level: 995
Unfinished Basement: 1,281
Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2.5

Detached 2 car garage: 440
Porch 243

The preliminary rough estimate of the cost to build this house in Richmond, VA is $247,637 or $109.09 per sq ft.

In this estimate the General Contractor's markup of $28,422 is included.

Well Laura, I hope you find this information helpful.

Carl Heldmann