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Single-Build Construction License


With the single-build 'Your Right to Build Construction License' you or your local drafting service draft the plan to meet your specific needs in relation to the building codes in your area.


The single-build 'Your Right to Build Construction License' grants to you the Right to change this home plan to meet your specific needs and the 'Right' to construct and build the plan one time. Subsequent-build licensing is available.


This is a legal document. You will want to keep it in a safe place.You will need to reference the License Number when calling about your plan or ordering subsequent-build licenses.


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Why your cost to build can vary so greatly


Since building practices, contractor labor, materials, land, and permitting fees vary greatly from location to location, it is impossible for Design Basics to predict or provide accurate building costs for your location.You actually have control on so many of the materials expenses in your new home.


Consider the countertops in your kitchen and bath rooms. The most inexpensive material is laminate. Laminate is common in entry level homes and some lower end move-up homes. However other materials like granite, solid surfacing, quartz, tile, soap-stone, stainless steel, and even concrete have wide costs per square foot. Consider these costs for materials and labor per square for the materials just discussed:


  • laminate - $10 to $30 per sq. ft.
  • granite - $35 to $100 per sq. ft.
  • solid surfacing - $35 to $100 per sq. ft.
  • quartz - $40 to $90 per sq. ft.
  • tile - $10 to $80 per sq. ft.
  • soap-stone - $70 to $100 per sq. ft.
  • Stainless steel - $65 to $125 per sq. ft.
  • concrete - $75 to $125 per sq. ft.


Looking at just one material type, it is easy to see that costs vary greatly. In a kitchen with 35 square feet of countertop, and choosing the midpoint of these material examples, your costs range from $660 to $3300.


Choosing laminate is great for controlling costs. However, selecting any of the other material drastically changes your cost very quickly.


So while Design Basics cannot give you an accurate cost to build for a particular home design, builders can ballpark the cost-per-square-foot for the type of home they build. You can use this guide to ballpark your cost to build.1


Cost per Square Foot

Ballpark Cost to Build

$170 $292,740
$180 $309,960
$190 $327,180
$200 $344,400
$210 $361,620
1 (usually does not include the lot)


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Updated: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:21 PM


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