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