My wife and I are in the beginning stages of the construction process. After months of searching thousands of plans, discussing options, etc. we have settled on the home we are going to build. It will be similar to the Don Gardner, Brentwood plan. We are making a few modifications to the design, but will basically be the same house. We are meeting with a builder next week to go over the changes we want to make and get blueprints drawn. From there, the fun begins. We plan to have a few builders give us turn key bids. I have already have a few give me 'ballpark' ideas based on the Brentwood plan and was a little surprised in what they through out. The lowest was $330K not including well, septic, driveway, etc. This is a 2400 sq ft house. I know it has alot of covered porch with garage, but just seemed a little on the high side especially considering we are not finishing the room above garage initially. We are also going to look at being our own GC and subbing it all out. I feel confident that i can save enough $$ to justify the headache that comes with this. Our bank will allow us to do this but they have reccomended if we do so, looking into the option of offering a contractor a % of our costs to be the 'superintendent' of the build. Finally, we are going to check with contractors on them building the 'shell' of the house, getting it all dried in and then us taking over and subbing the rest out.
My question to those reading is can you offer advice on any or all of the above options we are looking at. With my job, i have the flexibility to be at the build site pretty regularily and it is only a mile from my office. We would like to keep total costs including well septic etc. less than 300K. Based on this plan, do you think that is reasonable if we are the GC. What are some cost saving ideas that you all reccomend? My step dad is an electrician has agreed to handle all of the electrical needs with my only cost being material. I know that will help a good bit. I could ramble on and on, but for now, just looking for all of the advice i can get so i can be best informed when we have our blue prints and start pricing this thing out.
Here is a link that might be useful: Brentwood Plan