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Cost to build a 2000sq home in MA?

I have a piece of land I want to build on and would like to know a little more of what I'm getting into. Please help if you can, thanks in advance.
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I don't know the pricing in MA, but I would think if you hire a contractor you're looking at a minimum of $150-180/sqft. With steel prices going up every month, and every other building material price increasing the cost to build is going up as well. I don't build for less than $210-220/sqft anymore, anything less is too risky with the unstable material prices. Labor is also going up due to gas prices. Anyways, if you plan on acting as the GC & hiring the subs / purchasing materials, you can probably do it for $100-120 depending on the complexity of construction.
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I don't know the pricing in MA, but I would think if you hire a contractor you're looking at a minimum of $150-180/sqft. With steel prices going up every month, and every other building material price increasing the cost to build is going up as well. I don't build for less than $210-220/sqft anymore, anything less is too risky with the unstable material prices. Labor is also going up due to gas prices. Anyways, if you plan on acting as the GC & hiring the subs / purchasing materials, you can probably do it for $100-120 depending on the complexity of construction.
Good and accurate information.

The two things you (the OP) didn't include are 1) where in MA you live (there's a big difference between building in Boston or Springfield) and 2) how fancy/luxurious you want the house to be. If you're looking at professional appliances, granite counters, high end fixtures, mahogany floors, expensive molding everywhere, etc you could easily add $50k to the cost.
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^^ Yup, people don't realize how much more things like hardwood, granite, custom cabinets, custom mill work, plumbing fixtures can add to the cost of a home.
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Thanks for the input, I'm getting a good idea of what's involved. It's a basic 2 level split with attached garage. I don't have the budget now so everything is basic until I can upgrade (counter tops, fixtures, etc).
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Dont forget, elevations, ceiling heights and the efficiency of yuor architect.

I just built (acted as the G.C) my own house, and as the process went on, realized at how over built my house was, the architect i used does some amazing work, his design and aesthetic apeal are top notch, but probably could have made changes to be more efficient, especially on room and wall sizes to ruduce wasted lumber and labour.

When all is said and done, i look at it as a lesson for next time, house came out great but realized where to spend money and where to conserve it.

ceiling design (tray, coffered, vaulted, multi step, grids) all dont sound like much, but add up, go with a bigger pitch on the roof, will add to the grandure of the home, adds a little to the cost, but makes a big difference.

The exterior finishes can also jump quickly, but this is what gives you the curb appeal, try to compromise as little as posible on the face, you can simplify the sides and back if cost is an issue but the face gives the house it's own character.

I own a custom cabinet manufacturing company here in Canada, if you need any advice in that area, give me a shout, we specialize in fine cabinery for premium homes.
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do it yourself and be the GC.. then youre looking at around $110 per sq ft

Hire someone to do it.. $225 per sq ft.

Of course this depends on your choice of materials too.

BTW... why are you building a split level home? Ive been told they are more expensive to build compared to a 2000 sq ft colonial or cape due to the extra foundation work needed
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Thanks again, you guys have been wonderful with the feedback.

Wife likes the split, but we've been checking out colonial designs lately.
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