Residential Construction Cost CHEAT SHEET 

ITEMS THAT YOUR CONSTRUCTION BUDGET SHOULD INCLUDE: 

· Utilities (water/ well, septic/ sewer, electrical and phone/ cable T.V. 

services, gas) 

· Demolition and/or Site prep (as required for the project and hardscapes/ eventual landscaping) 

· Construction costs for the home - every physical piece of the project and the labor to place it including:

  • Excavation, Foundation/ Flatwork, Retaining walls

  • Framing

  • Roof, flashing,gutters, and downspouts

  • Windows, shades, and doors

  • Siding and exterior trim

  • Decks

  • HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical

  • Lighting

  • Insulation

  • Drywall

  • Millwork

  • Paint

  • Tile

  • Cabinets, counters, and flooring

  • Railings and decorative metal

  • Appliances 


· General conditions (portapotty, site security, specialty tools, staging, shipping, miscellaneous) 

· Debris removal 

· Hardscape (patio’s, walkways, driveways, etc.) 

· Final cleaning 

· Special Conditions (project specific- unconventional foundations, site access, etc.) 

· Sales Tax 

· Construction Management + Site Superintendent (traditionally, General Contractor Fee) 

 

OTHER TYPICAL PROJECT COSTS THAT YOU SHOULD CONSIDER: 

(outside of the $/sf typically quoted) 

 

· Architectural fees (ranging from 5-12% typically depending on project scope/ type). 

· Design consultants (such as surveyor, geotech, structural engineer, energy consultant, etc.) 

· Permit fees (all regulatory and jurisdictional charges for the project  approval) 

· Landscaping

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