Cost to Build Small A Frame Home

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Posted by: from Peterborough
1/12/2020 at 4:48:05 PM

I'm doing some preliminary research on building a small, simple A frame home (permanent, year round, not a cottage). It would be on a cleared, level lot with easy access. I'd have a slab or pier foundation already in place. I'm thinking total of 800 square feet, including simple loft area. Simple kitchen and one bathroom. Very basic finishes. Would it be reasonable to think this could be done for somewhere between $100k and $150k or is that way too low? Thanks!

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Date/Time1/13/2020 at 12:14:21 AM

You could do it for about 150k but we are talking very simple. Cheap windows etc.

I would add about 30,000.

And go for high end insulation. High end windows and doors. Decent grade shingles etc.

The rest of the home can be finished decently in that range. Keeping g in mind you have inexpensive counter tops. Medium grade kitchen cabinets, and medium grade bathroom finishes.

Hope this helps.


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Date/Time1/13/2020 at 1:04:26 AM

You can get done for 160k.

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Date/Time1/13/2020 at 12:52:01 PM

I believe you are in the ballpark. What to consider are items like: the quality of products being used, features such as plumbing and power, and any other obstacles such as distance from a material supplier. This may raise you costs but you should be "good to go".

Enjoy your new venture.

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Pedro from Reno Group in Markham
Date/Time1/13/2020 at 3:41:46 PM

This can be done for the range you indicated.

Final cost is determined by scope and items in the contract.


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Date/Time1/14/2020 at 12:43:13 PM

Hi Kathryn,

According to the 2018 Canadian Construction Cost Guide by Altus Group, the 2018 cost per square foot for a single family, wood framed house with an unfinished basement was between 110-210 for the GTA and 110-180 for Ottawa/Gatineau. (This is with a poured basement, not slab)

The range for custom built homes for the same areas are 400-900 and 420-870, respectively.

You're A-Frame wont be the cookie cutter house with the lowest cost but it also wont be in league with the typical custom built homes. And cutting out the basement will also reduce costs.

If you general the job I would say your range is very fair. There are also opportunities for cost savings for some of your bigger purchases like windows and doors if you shop around at Restores or keep an eye out for miss-orders that have been reduced in price.

There are some good resources and books about Generaling your own construction. Take a look at your local library for some of these resources.

One more note, make sure to check with the local building authority, they may have a minimum square footage that you are required to build to, often it is between 900 and 1,000 Sq.Ft.

Good Luck!


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Date/Time1/21/2020 at 2:32:25 AM

You can probably get it for 150k without going to crazy on the kitchen. this was built for 60k and it's the same size sitting on concrete footings and it's modular to make it

A bit harder.

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Kathryn in Peterborough
Date/Time2/6/2020 at 10:49:56 AM

Thanks so much everyone for the replies. I'm encouraged!!

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