Custom homes in North Carolina can have build costs between about $100 per square foot to several times that, depending on the builder, the floor plan, the selections chosen, and the location requirements. Get started, here, with pricing information from Travars Built Homes.
It’s challenging to compare custom home builders apples to apples, with differences in materials, processes, quality, craftsmanship, energy efficiency and services – with few builders willing to detail what goes into your home, including important factors beyond “cost”.
NC custom home cost per square foot: Home style
Measuring by square footage alone can be deceptive, when the size of the home is only one factor in determining build costs. The type of home you choose can make a big difference. A one story home has more foundation and roof, so it typically costs more per square foot than a two story home.
Architectural styles can impact your cost considerably. For example, Contemporary homes can be more expensive to build than Colonial homes.
NC custom home cost per square foot: Floor plan layout
An “average cost per square foot” may also not the best indicator of value because even plans with similar layouts can have differences that impact the build cost. For example:
- How big are the kitchens – how much cabinetry and countertops? What kind of appliances and lighting?
- How many bathrooms? How extensive is the tile work?
- How big is the garage?
- How many and how big are the windows and doors? A wall of windows or sun room can make a big difference.
- How much square footage is on the main floor, versus upstairs?
- How high/complex is the roof line?
- Does the home have a lot of cut outs or is it designed more cost effectively?
- How much outdoor living space is included in the footprint? How big are the porches and screen porches? Is there an outdoor kitchen or see-through fireplace?
NC custom home cost per square foot: Building materials and selections
The materials you choose can change the cost considerably. The selections you choose for lighting, appliances, features and finishes can make a dramatic difference, which is why it is very important to determine what comes “standard.” What builders offer can differ extensively as to what is “basic”. We can help you find a cost-effective floor plan. And we will help you compare advantages.
NC custom home cost per square foot: Location and building lot site work
The site work required for your lot can also make a big difference. Ask your builder what it costs to build a home on your lot:
- Is a sewer available or do you need a septic system? Is it conventional or engineered?
- Do you have over 2 or 3 acres? If so, a well may be required.
- How long is the driveway? What will it be made with?
- What is the topography? Do you need a tall crawl or basement?
- What are the setbacks?
- Is it in a neighborhood with an HOA? What are the community covenants?
At Travars Built Homes, new homes from cottages to estates can cost between the $300Ks to $1 mil, depending on your floor plan, location, and what you want to build into your home.
Our quotes come with about 10 pages of details, so you know exactly what’s included in your build cost – and what that means in terms of quality materials, craftsmanship, air quality, energy efficiency and everything else that can make a big difference not just in cost per square foot – but in the comfort and strength of your new home.
Want to know the cost per square foot? We’ll give you that, too.
How to Build a House on Your Lot in North Carolina
Own land? Still searching? These questions help answer what to look for when you choose your lot, purchase your land with a licensed real estate agent, decide where to place your home, and select a custom home builder to construct your North Carolina new home.
Knowing what to ask can help ensure you know what it takes to build your new home. Here are some of the most important questions about land, lots, parcels, and homesites that enable you to be informed and prepared.
Contact Travars Built Homes to learn more about how to build a new custom home on your land.
What’s the best size lot for a new custom home build?
The best size lot for a new custom home build is determined by your floor plan, community covenants if applicable, local build requirements, what kind of septic/sewer system is required, whether you need a well, and other mandates. We will go over all of that with you, when we know what and where you’d like to build.
Here are more questions to ask about lot sizes:
- How can I find out how big my lot has to be, for a specific floor plan?
- Why do I need a bigger lot to have a side load garage?
- I own several acres – can I put my home wherever I want on my land?
Will the builder look at the lot I am considering purchasing prior to me buying it, and give me his perspective about what it will cost to build there?
When you build with Travars Built Homes, an on site assessment is part of our standard process. We will talk about the fit of your floor plan to your lot, your driveway, and other site specific build imperatives.
Here are some common questions we can answer, after we take a look at your lot together:
- How much does it cost to clear trees and shrubs off my lot?
- What is the difference between a soil scientist and the county doing a soil evaluation?
- What is an improvement permit and why do you need to get that for me that before the build permit?
- If a septic permit only allows 3 bedrooms, is it possible to have 4 bedrooms?
- How many bathrooms can I have in my home?
What kind of slope does my lot need to have for a walk-out basement?
Most basement homes in NC are walk-out, set into a slope of about 6 feet over the course of the home. We can add a basement to nearly any floor plan, but the the look of the home can change depending on the direction of the slope. Before selecting a home with a basement in the floor plan, talk with your builder about placement of your home.
Here are more common questions we’ll help answer related to site conditions:
- What is the difference between a sewer and a septic system, and how does that impact costs?
- What is the difference in maintenance and build cost for a conventional septic system versus an engineered system?
- What is the build cost for a well? How deep it will be?
- What is a community septic system, and how does that work? What is a grinder pump and how much does that cost?
Will the lender combine the lot purchase and home build cost into one loan, or do I need to buy my land and home separately?
Your lot purchase and the construction of your home are typically bundled into one transaction with a construction to perm loan, so you do not need to buy the lot before you build. Read more about NC new home financing and construction loans here.
Where can I learn more about how to buy land in North Carolina?
Work directly with a real estate agent with expertise and experience in lot and land purchasing. Kelly McNabb, NC REALTOR® at Costello Real Estate and Investments, can help get you started.
REALTOR®/Broker (919) 391-0315 Costello Real Estate & Investments
Here are the kinds of questions Kelly can help answer for you, in tandem with Travars Built Homes:
- Has the perc test been done on this lot? Is it possible to build a home on land that does not perc? How does that work?
- What does it mean when a listing says “water nearby”? How can I find out what it will cost to hook up to that city/county water source?
- What can I do if the lot I want to purchase is land locked?
- What do I need to know about flood plains?
- If I want to have a future pool, what does the builder and the county need to know about that?
- What is an impervious surface and how does that impact my build?
- What do I need to know about setbacks and easements?
- What is the difference between a lot survey and a plot plan and who handles that?
What questions should I ask builders about building a new home in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region of North Carolina?
“Price per square foot” is NOT the most important thing to know.
Use this checklist of new home construction cost questions – and learn why to avoid asking “what’s your cost per square foot”? Contact Travars Built Homes for answers to these questions.
Questions to ask NC home builders: (Not) cost per square foot
- Why does price per square foot come out much higher for some homes than others, even though the size and layout look very similar?
- What comes included in this home, as a starting, “basic” build?
- Can you give me a detailed package that has everything in writing, so I can see just what’s already in there and what I need to add?
- How long will it take to build my new home?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Location and site work
- Where can you build my new home in NC?
- Is site work included in your price? Do you give that to me prior to contract?
- What does it cost to build this home on my lot, as opposed to on a lot in your community?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Floor plan layout and style
- How do I find a cost-effective floor plan?
- Why does a home with a large kitchen cost more to build than a home with a large great room?
- Why does an owners suite on the main floor cost more than an owners suite upstairs?
- Why does it cost more to have a sprawling footprint than one that has more square feet upstairs?
- Why does a home shaped like a “box” cost less to build than a home with “cutouts?”
- How much less does it cost to build a bonus room over a great room than to add a keeping room on the main floor?
- Why do contemporary home architectural styles cost more to build than traditional architectural styles?
Questions to ask NC home builders: Selections and features
- How much does a typical homebuyer pay in addition to the “base” price for your homes once they start including things like microwaves and other features that are in typical custom homes?
- How many choices do I have for selections in your “base” pricing?
- What kind of energy efficiency (features and processes) does this home have?
- How much do windows and doors matter when adding up costs?
- Does it cost more to have a carriage than a third bay in the garage?
- Is a sealed crawl space included?
- Are there built-ins? Trey ceilings? Trim around windows and doors? Crown moulding?