I'm sure you've had a lot of time to think about cost. Can you answer some/all of these questions?
1. What do you think the total cost will be when it is finished? (not counting land)
2. How much will that be per square foot?
3. If you could start over have you seen any place you could have trimmed cost?
Your house is looking great! You must be proud... I would be... er... WILL be... someday.
Answer to question #1
I really have no idea what the final cost will be. Let me explain that statement...
Because we are living in the house already, I have the luxury of getting the "feel" for the next project.
So far everything has been planned then re-planned.
The more my wife and I think about the next phase in our house the more time we change out minds. For instance, we liked the look of the completed/ready to install "Hickory"cabinets at Lowes.
After two weeks of going to the store every other day and looking at the display, then going home and trying to visualize what they would look like installed in our kitchen we decided to go with the unfinished oak cabinets and put a light water based stain on them.
( Hickory cabinets.. $2700.00 Unfinished Oak $1700.00)
That one choice saved us a thousand dollars.
I try not to let my wife know the price for things so she is able to make a choice about what she likes without being infuenced by the price. It's a hard habit to break after watching every penny for the past 14 years just to get by.
Like I have said before, cost is not really an option now because I save up for the next project by paying myself the money I would have paid on rent or a home loan.
Answer to question#2
I am building 20' x 40' = 1600 square feet
My rough cost so far are:
Underground power cable 180 feet from the road to the house $900.00
1-1/8" t&g sub floor $1200.00
first floor sheathing and walls . Joists for the second floor. $2400.00
Second floor-Sub floor 3/4" t&g plywood. $850.00
Stairway, second floor walls, rafters collar tie beams,
#30 felt, side sheathing and roof sheathing. $4250.00
Windows on the first floor $650.00
front door $189.00
back door $149.00
french door $295.00
Kohler kitchen sink 250.00
Kohler "flush 250 ft of paper with no clog" toilet $250.00
water heater $275.00
Fiberglass shower stall $300.00
Bathroom vanity and mirror $250.00
windows for the upstairs $800.00
Front porch $400.00
Metal roof $1800.00
Insulation for the cathedral ceiling. $600.00
Sheet rock and paint downstairs $400.00
Insulation for 1st & 2nd floor walls $950.00
Hardie board siding & paint $2000.00
Scaffold rental 1800.00
So far I've spent About $28,000 With an unlimited and undetermined amount to follow.
The tax man put my value at close to $98,000.00 as is
Answer to question# 3
The only thing I would have done differently would be to buy the scaffolds instead of renting.
Working only on the weekend will eat up a weekly rental!
I still need them for the side porches and the garage.
I hope this helps.