Delaware is a small state, but it’s also one of the most densely populated states in the country. In fact, Delaware ranks fourth among all 50 states in terms of population density. Naturally, there are many people who want to build a home here or anywhere else in America for that matter. You may be one such person who’s considering building a house or other type of real estate development project in Delaware and wondering how much does it cost to build a house? We’ve got the answers for you.
How long does it take to build a house in Delaware?
The average time to build a house in Delaware is about 8 months. The actual amount of time it takes to build your house will depend on many factors, including the size and location of your home. In addition, it’s worth noting that the speed at which your structure is assembled may vary depending on who you choose as your contractor. A builder who has more experience and skills can often get projects done quicker than someone new to the industry.
The average cost to build a house in Delaware is about $200,000.
A house like this would cost about $200,000 to build in Delaware. The average price per square foot of new construction is around $150 per square foot, so a 1,500-square-foot cape cod home will cost about $222,000 to build. If you add in the average costs for bringing utilities and roads to your property and other misc. permitting costs (which vary depending on where you live), you’re looking at an additional $25-$50K on top of that price tag as well.
The average price per square foot of new construction is around $150 per square foot.
When you’re building a new home in Delaware, there are many factors to consider when determining the best price per square foot of new construction. The average price per square foot of new construction is around $150 per square foot. However, this figure can vary depending on factors such as the size and location of your property as well as which county you choose to build in.
In general, prices in Sussex County tend to be lower than those found in Kent County or New Castle County because land is less expensive there than it is closer to the coast where more tourists visit during summer months (which means more demand). Additionally, builders usually try not to overbuild homes so that they don’t create too much competition within their area; however, if there are enough buyers who want bigger homes built near their neighborhood then they may reconsider their policy on this matter.
A 1,500-square-foot cape cod home will cost about $222,000 to build, while a ranch-style home of the same size will cost about $212,000.
- A 1,500-square-foot cape cod home will cost about $222,000 to build, while a ranch style home of the same size will cost about $212,000.
- The average cost to build a house in Delaware is around $200,000.
- The average price per square foot of new construction is around $150 per square foot.
- It takes between 10 and 12 weeks to build a new house in Delaware on average.
A 2,500 square foot colonial-style home in Delaware will cost roughly $325,000.
A 2,500 square foot colonial-style home in Delaware will cost roughly $325,000. The average cost per square foot is $150. This amount is lower than the national average of $199 but higher than most other states. For example, a similar house in the state of Massachusetts costs about 20% more per square foot on average at $171.
Based on the county you choose to build in, your building costs may vary by as much as 10%.
Based on the county you choose to build in, your building costs may vary by as much as 10%.
The building costs of a home will vary depending on several factors. These include:
- County taxes and fees
- Access to labor and materials
- Building codes that vary from place to place (for example, some counties require a more expensive type of insulation)
- The climate where you live – this can affect the amount of heating/cooling needed for your new house
Full List of Land Lot Preparation Costs
The following list includes the average costs to prepare a building lot in Delaware. These are the typical steps involved in lot preparation before building construction begins:
- Clearing, leveling and removing vegetation from a new building lot (not including vegetation removal from an existing home or property)
- Grading, leveling and filling a newly cleared building site for use as a home site (this is not typically needed for resale of lots)
- Utilities such as water lines, gas lines, sewage systems, etc., if not already present on site
- Building the house foundation or frame
Clearing (leveling lot, removing vegetation) $200 to $14,000
Clearing the land to prepare it for construction can be an expensive endeavor. There are two ways of going about clearing a lot: hiring a landscaping company that specializes in clearing lots, or doing it yourself.
If you decide to hire a landscaping company with experience in clearing land, this will cost on average $2-$3/per square foot of your property. If you want them to start right away and finish quickly, they will charge more than if they had time to do it at their own pace. You can also save money by only having the trees removed from your property; shrubs and other vegetation need not be removed unless there is something specific about them (such as poison ivy) that you don’t want there after construction has begun.
If you choose instead of hire someone who specializes in clearing lots, then make sure that person has experience with leveling flat surfaces such as those found on undeveloped properties where there are no buildings or structures present yet.
Grading, leveling, and filling lot $3 to $4 per sq. ft. of lot size
- Grading, leveling, and filling lot: This step is essential for building a house on a flat surface. It involves leveling the land to ensure there is enough soil for your foundation. Filling the lot may also be necessary if you have previously leveled it but do not have enough soil to build upon.
- Excavation of basement walls and footings: The excavation process involves removing dirt from underneath the basement walls so that they can be supported by concrete footings. This step typically costs between $3,000 and $4,000 per 1,000 square feet.
- Concrete slab: This step involves pouring concrete into the excavated space under your basement’s foundation as well as slabs on top of all levels except for those below grade (for example in crawl spaces). Typically this concrete is poured in stages over several weeks until completion of construction at around $2 per square foot or less depending where you live
Utilities (water, sewer, electrical, gas) $5K to $30K+
- Water and sewer
You need to have a water main installed in your lot, which will cost between $5K and $30K. If you don’t have a gas line already, that’s an additional cost of about $3-4K. You’ll also pay for the actual utilities themselves: electricity, gas or propane (depending on what you use), sewage treatment service (if you don’t have septic) and water service. These can range from $100 per month to several hundred dollars per month depending on how far away from the source you live and whether or not they’re included in your mortgage payments.
Building The House Foundation And Frame
The foundation of your home is the most expensive part of the entire project. The cost depends on whether you choose a crawlspace or slab foundation, as well as where you build it.
Framing also accounts for a significant portion of your overall building costs. Framing includes roof, walls and floor systems, as well as windows and doors. This section includes all construction materials needed to complete framing by itself; additional expenses such as electrical wiring will be included in later sections of this post.
Foundation (crawlspace or slab) $2 to $5 per sq. ft. of footprint
The foundation of your home is one of the most important things you should consider when building a house. It’s also one of the most expensive parts, so it pays to do some research and know what you want before you start working with an architect or builder.
Here are some common types of foundations:
- Concrete slab foundation
- Crawlspace foundation
- Basement foundation
Framing (roof, walls and floor systems) $1 per sq. ft. of footprint
Framing is the skeleton of your house, and it includes all the structural components that support your roof and walls. This includes beams, columns, girders and joists. Framing can be done on site or in a factory. A carpenter will generally do this work for you if you choose to have him/her build your home from scratch.
The framing cost per square foot will vary depending on whether your contractor builds it on site or offsite, but it typically costs around $1 per square foot of footprint (including basement).
Ceiling framing and insulation – R60 (vaulted and cathedral ceiling) Roughly $1 per sq. ft. of floor space
The R60 insulation, which is the required insulation for vaulted and cathedral ceilings, will cost $1 per square foot of floor space. This can be installed by yourself or a contractor.
You may also need additional materials to finish your ceiling framing project:
- Drywall – $5-10 per sheet
- Nails – About 30 cents each
If you’re framing a room with existing drywall on the walls (i.e. your house was previously built), you’ll need to take off the existing drywall before installing new wall framing and insulation like R60 or R38.
Roofing materials (shingles, metal roofing) $2 to $7 per sq. ft. of floor space
The second most expensive part of building a house is the roofing materials. Roofing materials are also known as shingles, metal roofing and clay tile. The cost of these items vary by their quality and durability. They also depend on the size of your home.
The most common type of material used for roofs today is asphalt shingle which can last anywhere from 15-30 years depending on its quality and how well it was installed. Metal roofs are made with aluminum or steel that may last up to 50 years if they are properly installed but they do tend to be more expensive than asphalt shingles. Clay tiles are also another option if you want something more traditional looking than asphalt or metal but they have a shorter lifespan (15-20 years) so they need replacement sooner than other types of material would need replacement
Full List of Exterior Finishing Costs
Exterior finishing costs include the following:
- Windows and doors
- Siding, including cedar shingles, fiber cement siding and other types of siding that you’ve chosen for your home’s exterior.
- Trim materials such as window casings, baseboards and door trim.
- Roof—that is, any materials used to cover your roof such as shake or shingle shingles; metal roofing; or tile. This might also include additional costs like flashing or gutters if needed. If you have a flat roof with no parapet walls (i.e., a flat wall on either side of an open area) then see our article How Much Does A Flat Roof Cost?
Windows/Doors $400-$750 per window; $500-$1000 per door including installation cost and trimming
Windows and doors are a major part of a house’s exterior. They can be made from wood, vinyl, aluminum or fiberglass. Windows can be single-hung, double-hung, slider and awning style. Doors come in many styles as well: entry door with transom light above (can use an arch to cover the opening), flat panel door with moulded panels on all sides or even bi-folds that open like French doors.
When building your own home you have many options on what type of windows and doors to use in order to choose the best ones for your needs it’s important to know where they’re going before making any decisions because this will affect what kind of weather they’ll need protection from as well as whether they’ll fit properly into place once installed correctly onto frames built specifically designed for each individual type
Full List of Interior Finishing Costs
The following are some of the major interior finishing costs involved in building a house in Delaware:
- Drywall: $7 to $10 per square foot for 2×4 #12 drywall with taped joints and 1/2″ or 5/8″ gypsum board thickness.
- Painting: $10 to $15 per square foot for two-coat paint job, including paint rollers and brushes, masking tape, drop cloths and cleanup materials. The cost can be higher or lower depending on how many coats you want painted on each surface.
- Flooring: ¾ inch maple hardwood flooring will cost about $4 per square foot installed; engineered oak flooring will cost about half as much; laminate floors range from about $1 per square foot up to over $5 per square foot depending on style and complexity of installation.
- Lighting fixtures may add anywhere from 25% to 50% onto your electrician’s bill if they’re included with the price of installing electrical outlets and switches throughout the house—which gives you an idea just how expensive it is. And don’t forget about ceiling fans (another 20% added), recessed lighting ($$$) under cornices or other faux finishes ($$$$), dimmer switches ($$), etc.) …there’s no end to these kinds of expenses unless you hire them out yourself.
Full List of Mechanical System Costs
Below is a list of all the mechanical systems you will need to build your house.
- Air Conditioning System (cooling only). This type of system doesn’t heat or cool the air in your home, it simply keeps it at a comfortable temperature (usually between 68-72 degrees). The average cost per ton is $788.
- Heat Pump System (heating and cooling). This type of system uses electricity or gas to produce heat and cold air inside your home. It’s an efficient way to reduce energy costs because it can be used for heating or cooling depending on the climate where you live. The average cost per ton is $2,792.
- Ventilation System (ductless mini-split). This type of ventilation system uses ductless mini-splits that are installed in each room where they’re needed most during peak hours when people are using their rooms most frequently such as bedrooms at night time when everyone’s sleeping; bathrooms in morning before getting ready for work/school etc…The average cost per unit ranges from $700-$1,200 each depending on how many units are needed per room size so make sure to get an estimate before purchasing this type of system.
All told, the average cost to build a house in Delaware is around $200,000. This includes everything from land preparation costs to finishing details. The price per square foot of new construction can vary depending on the size and style of home you choose as well as where it will be built (but within reason). If you’re looking for more information on building costs in general or want to get started planning your next project, contact us today.