What is the cost per square foot to build a house in Canada vs. an unfinished shop or garage?

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Posted by: from Victoria
5/19/2020 at 10:05:31 AM

What is the cost in your area to build a (non custom) house in Canada vs. an unfinished shop or garage?

If there is a 'range', what is that min/max range and what is it dependent on?


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Chris from KP Construction in Toronto
Date/Time5/21/2020 at 4:08:10 PM

This is a very broad question. Here in Toronto most new homes are built on properties with existing homes already on them requiring full tear downs. Keep in mind also that new homes in Toronto are almost all custom for this reason. The construction cost for a new home in Toronto can be upwards of $300 / square foot. The range would be anywhere from $175 to $300 per square foot.

An unfinished shop or garage depending on size can probably be done in the range of $75 - $115 square feet depending on size. The larger the size the less the square foot unit costs.

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Collin in Victoria
Date/Time5/21/2020 at 4:57:35 PM


First, thanks for the response! Much appreciated.

I was thinking/planning on the possibility of about $90-95/sq ft for an (unfinished) 800 ft2 shop, so I might not be too far off at this point.

Quick follow up question if you are up for it:

Given the current Covid situation going into 2020/2021, will that likely push build costs up?....or down? or no change?

Many Thanks!


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