Building With the Future in Mind Since 1955
You want what?

You want what?

Homeowner:
What is the cost per square foot for this remodel ?

Builder:
Do you own a car?

Homeowner:
Well, yes, I do. But what’s this got to do with it?

Builder:
How much per pound did you pay for the car?

Homeowner:
What?

Builder:
How much per pound did you pay for the car?

Homeowner:
They don’t sell cars by the pound!

Builder:
Right!  You see, a Ford Escort costs about $3 per pound and a Mercedes-Benz costs about $11 per pound.  Each has its own characteristics and amenities. The same is true with a construction project. You don’t purchase a remodeling project, or a new custom home, by the square foot, just as you don’t buy a car by the pound.

Do you want a masonry facade or wood bevel siding?  Clear or tight knot siding?  Hardwood floors or carpet?

Here’s another example………..Is your furnace sufficiently large to handle the additional space created by this addition? If not, and you need a new furnace, should this cost be included when you determine the cost per square foot? Let’s look at its impact.  Say you’re adding 400 square feet and the new furnace cost $2,000, that’s $5 per square foot for the new furnace that won’t even be located in the addition!

Homeowner:
Woah, this is more complicated than I thought!

Builder:
Ah, but you want a cost per square foot?

It is not your fault that you asked this question.  It’s the real estate and financial institutions that are at fault.  They are the ones who have perpetuated the faulty notion that you can remodel a home using square-foot cost projections.

Allow me to share another example of how ludicrous cost-per-square-foot thinking is…….. Imagine adding a small but complicated 50 square foot addition for an additional bathroom with nice fixtures and a lot of ceramic tile.  A price of, say, $50,000 for  these 50 square feet works out to $1,000 per square foot!  This is a far cry from the $150 to $200 per square foot price one often hears in Whatcom County for an entirely new custom home!

 “A-1 Builders did a very professional job for us in the remodel of our kitchen.  Professional means the ability to work closely with us in shaping what we imagined our new kitchen would look like into something that was not only beautiful but also functional and economically feasible.   Professional means the ability to listen to our wants, needs and limits while bringing to bear their expertise in design and planning.  Professional means the ability to commit to a budget and deliver on that budget without all the “surprises” that unfortunately characterizes most remodel experiences.  If we asked for changes to be made to our plans they were very clear and fair in defining the impacts on our budget and timeline.  A-1 has the creative, technical, planning and construction talent to really deliver what they promise.  A-1 said what they meant, did what they said and have allowed us to make real the kitchen of our dreams.  We would recommend A-1 Builders to anyone.” – Erick and Susan Laine

Cindi and Rick enjoying the wilderness nearby the ski area.  Table Mountain and Herman Saddle can be seen behind them.

Cindi and Rick enjoying the wilderness nearby the ski area. Table Mountain and Herman Saddle can be seen behind them.

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