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Cost to Build Ranch House plans With Basement in Kansas

How Much Does it Cost to Build a House in Kansas

Carl, Your web site is jam packed with information.

My wife and I are considering building a new home here in Wichita.

There are several areas that we have contacted and they are willing to let us to be our own General Contractor.

I worked in the construction business ten yrs ago, but am looking for some insight as to what you think a 2000 sq foot home, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 3 car garage, 7-9 pitch, nothing too crazy, simple ranch would run sq ft wise. Your input is greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Bradley

Hi Bradley,

To estimate building costs, I’ll use the cost to build calculator (estimating software) found on my resource #5 on Getting Started on

And, I’ll use Quality Class 4, (“Good Standard”) as well as the above foundation shape from the cost estimating software to estimate the cost to build this house from HousePlansAndMore for the Wichita, KS area. I came up with an approximate cost of $346,982 including a General Contractor markup of $39,613.

That’s $158 per sq.ft.

Without a General Contractor, the approximate total cost drops to $307,369. That’s $140 per sq. ft.

Note: Land and possible related fees (if any) are NOT included. Read more on fees on my Checklist for buying land on How to Buy Land and Build a House. # 592-051D-0033

• Total Heated Area: 2196 sq. ft.

• Garage: 988 sq. ft. (including storage area)

• Unfinished Basement: 2196 sq. ft.

• Central Heat/AC

• 1 fireplace

• Screen Porch: 310 sq ft

Note: The cost to build goes up a quite a bit with any ranch (one level) design, as well as with a large full basement, steep roof pitch, oversize garage and a large screened porch.

But until you actually start getting bids and entering them into your own spreadsheet, any cost to build a new house estimate will always be approximate. (See my spreadsheet page for FREE spreadsheets.)

Everyone should keep in mind that the estimated 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.

You can use estimating software to update this 2018 estimate to see if the cost has changed. You can also experiment with different building quality inputs that affect the cost to build.

Good luck, Carl Heldmann