How much does it cost to build a bungalow-style home?
Bungalows are unique due to several factors - first they use top of the line materials, larger footprints, and tend to be a single floor with many extra interior and exterior features. For the purpose of this discussion we will look at the cost of constructing a traditional bungalow-style home. According to home industry statistics, the size of the average bungalow is 1800 square feet which assumes a "footprint" of approximately 30'x60' per unit.
The building of a bungalow home would never be a "DIY" project and demands a knowledgeable contractor, an architect, a team of subcontractors, and an active owner to get the job done in a calendar year.
For the building of a bungalow of 1800 square feet, the typical costs include:
- With luxury-range materials, a masonry foundation with full basement, custom doors and windows, high-end appliances, a fireplace, and "turnkey" finishing would cost approximately $473,250 to complete. This does not include acquisition of the land, however, which is a significant issue due to the large footprint 1 of the building.
- The above figures place this construction at a $263 per square foot cost, though national average stands at $125 for most contractors (remember that bungalows use many Arts and Crafts or custom finishes). This pricing structure assumes that carpenters, masons and excavators charge an average of $70 per hour, electricians between $65 to $85 per hour, painters between $20 and $35 per hour and plumbers between $45 and $65 per hour.
- Materials would cost around $234,000, labor would cost roughly $227,300, machine costs would stand at roughly $11,800 and the contractor would take in over $67,000 for the project.
What is included:
- The basic structure of this building would be best if left in an uncomplicated "four square" design. Most owners rely on both an architect and a contractor, and the architect will require approximately 10 - 17% of the total building budget;
- An architect will:
- Determine the scope of the project and establish a preliminary budget;
- Draft list of proposed work, budget, and outline of plans;
- Create the schematic design and draft floor plans with elevation drawings. Then work with any structural engineers and meet with planning agencies to verify any requirements;
- Finalize drawings and incorporate all details about materials and finishes, any fixtures or equipment, and all systems in the structure;
- Serve as the overall manager and review the plans with any required local agencies while also obtaining necessary permits;
- Serve in an advisory capacity to select contractor and help the client through the bid review process as well;
- Complete construction documents;
- Administer the construction, ensure that contractor's requests for payments are accurate and that all "final" details are corrected or finished by the contractor; and
- Based on figures given the architect on this project would receive from $47,300 to $80,400 for their services.
- A contractor will:
- Provide the services and materials required for the entire job;
- Hire subcontractors according to need;
- Suggest plans and ideas to owner to help them meet goals;
- Deliver final cleanup of entire home;
- Pull all permits for work and utility installation; and
- For doing all of the day to day management of the project the average contractor earns around $85 to $125 per square foot. They might also "mark up" supplies and services as well. For example, on the bungalow project described here the contractor would earn around 14% of the budget and account for roughly $67,200 in markup and indirect fees.
- A general bungalow construction project will cover:
- Bath fixtures
- Built In Appliances
- Exterior Finish
- Exterior Trim
- Final Cleanup
- Finish Carpentry
- Finish Hardware
- Foundation, Piers, Flatwork
- Heating and Cooling Systems
- Interior Wall Finish
- Lighting Fixtures
- Permits & Utilities
- Plans & Specs
- Plumbing Fixtures
- Plumbing Rough-in and Connection
- Roofing, Flashing 2, Fascia
- Rough Carpentry
- Rough Hardware
- Unit Heating and Cooling
- and more
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