Costs to build new in rural Vermont?

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Does anyone have any experience building new in rural Vermont?  Trying to get an idea what a range of cost per sf it would be to build.  This would include everything but the land...including well, septic, power, driveway, clearing land, grading, foundation.  Smaller Cape house.  How much would a log home kit house run price per sf?  

The cost of site work is going to vary greatly depending on the lot. Does power need to be brought in or is the house close enough to the road? Is the driveway 80' or 800'? The foundation could get pricey if you hit bedrock a few feet down. 

If you've already got a lot it would be more accurate to call a local contractor. If you haven't got a piece of land yet, that info would be easy to acquire during the purchase process. 

Hi Rob,

Samantha is correct, it all depends. As a rough budget you can plan on $150/sq ft for just the building with foundation, then add on the land and site work after that, which can vary greatly depending on the depth of the well, type of septic system (conventional, mound or pretreatment). The house cost can also vary quite a bit. Is it an open floor plan or lots of little rooms? Granite or Formica? Tile or linoleum? Once you have a floor plan get three bids from local contractors and don't necessarily pick the cheapest one. Check the contractors references. Good luck!

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Also you might check out pre-fabs.  We were part of a club  that built outside Sugarbush a number of years ago and the final analysis was the prefab was cheaper then stick built. It was a big house though I think 8 bedrooms.  It was quicker too.