Cost of Building

Check out our video or read up below for what you need to know about the cost of building a house in Calgary!

How much a custom build costs is usually the first question our clients ask us, and as it turns out, one of the hardest to answer. While the costs are unique to every home, understanding them can help you as a consumer get the most out of your money. To simplify, we like to break them down into three categories: land costs, soft costs, and hard costs.

Land costs are the most straightforward of the costs but extremely important. The lot you choose can affect what your able to build, the size of your home, and even the construction price. When purchasing make sure to think about zoning restrictions and community aesthetic requirements. Abiding by these will help you save time and money during the permitting process. We also suggest considering how your home will be built on the lot you are buying, if it looks hard to build on, it probably is. Generally flat lots on large new streets are going to be the cheapest to build on. Hills, tight access, and utility upgrades are all factors that can cause major upticks in price down the road!

Soft costs are often overlooked and can add up quickly if you’re not careful. Things like construction insurance, finance appraisals, and permit costs are rarely on a persons mind when they are getting into building a custom home. As a rule of thumb, these will generally make up 10-20% of your overall project cost so it is important to understand them before getting into a project. Send us an email and we would be happy to share a checklist!

Hard costs are the costs from the actual construction of a new home! This stage is usually the most exciting but also most stressful for clients as it is where the risk is highest for cost overruns to occur. Time delays, last minute changes, and unclear scopes are both frustrating and costly. Detailed planning and budgeting is the best way to mitigate these risks. Work with your builder and designer to have contracts, drawings, finish selections, and permits all in place before breaking ground. We also suggest making a list of items you need versus items you want in your home, knowing this will help you make tough budget decisions if the build costs are looking too high.