11 May '11, 1pm

Stillwater Dwelling Built in Santa Barbara

You’re welcome and I’m glad to hear you’re committed to providing an attainable quality product. We hear a lot about costs per sq ft but this can be a bit misleading or confusing since several big ticket items are required regardless of square footage and its not always clear where the money is really being spent when its distributed across the entire foot print. Personally, I think it would be useful to do some market research to equalize and familiarize things a bit. Assuming that the average US home costs around $200k and is about 2,000 sf and that this price includes the house AND property, these newer homes should try to compete on similar terms. That is a home, all in, house and land, should run around $200k (assume some average lot size ~0.1-0.25 ac). Then you adjust for the various factors like efficiency upgrades or custom designs. Perhaps you just raise it to 300...

Full article: http://www.jetsongreen.com/2011/05/stillwater-dwelling-gr...

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