Cost of Building a Custom Home in Asheville
The question we get asked most often can often be tricky to answer. We get calls, emails, and DM’s everyday asking what the cost to to build a home in Asheville is. The answer? It depends on so many factors, but we’ll attempt to breakdown our cost per square foot. Keep in mind the overall cost of building a new home will depend on the lot, the square footage, the materials used, and the cost of materials at the time you build. Lumber prices have been at an all-time high for the past six months and we aren’t expecting them to drop significantly due to pent-up demand (updated July 2021). Some building materials are hard to find or can’t be found at all.
As a 100% custom home builder we don’t build from a portfolio of plans. Everything we build is unique to each client (read our custom home builder FAQ). Our clients work with architects or find plans online and we help them work through the process of getting the plans just right for their family and lifestyle. Many of our clients find a house plan that works for their family in some ways, but maybe not others, so we’ll enlist an architect to make changes.
When you think about the cost of building a home in Asheville, first, do yourself a favor and remove the cost of land. Land can range anywhere from $20,000-millions. Judd Builders builds on all sizes of lots in western North Carolina. Typically when people ask how much it costs to build, we have to ask about their land. Is it steep? Will it require a lot of grading and/or clearing? Do you need a well and/or septic? How long will your driveway be? Will your neighborhood association require it to be paved or can it be gravel? Of course as custom builders, we can guide clients through all of these questions and consult with them on what will be best for the land, house orientation, and budget.
Be ready to pay a premium or expand your search outside of Asheville if you’re looking for a flat lot. If you’re willing to be further out (30+ minutes), you’re more likely to find lots that don’t require extensive grading for under $100,000. The closer you get to Asheville, the smaller and more expensive the lots get. Buyer beware of photos on the internet. Lot listing photos can be very deceiving. The photos may look a little hilly and the property description may say “rolling” when in reality, it’s a steep mountain lot that requires four-wheel drive to get to it. If you’re inquiring about a lot that you see online, ask if there is a topographic survey. A topographic survey will help you determine elevation changes and help identify the best placement for a home and driveway.