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

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

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

Is there any way 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, Laura

Hi Laura, I am aware of other cost estimating tools, 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: 6 corners, quality class #4 throughout, 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” # 4 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 Farmhouse

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 Detached 2 car garage: 440

Porch 243

The preliminary rough estimate of the cost to build this house in Richmond, VA is $329,479 including a General Contractor’s markup of $37, 615. 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.

Well Laura, I hope you find this information helpful.

Important Notice:

Cost estimates change with time. YOU can update this 2018 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.

Carl Heldmann