Don't know...

Old 11-18-02, 09:39 AM
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Ok, where can I find out what approximate costs to have a shell framed, trimmed, windowed, roofed and sided. Basically I'm looking for ONLY a weather-tight shell. No plumbing, electical, insul, int. walls, etc. Just the parts that have to be done from outside and to make it water tight.

I've looked all over the place and have NO idea where to find data like this. I know it varies by state (NJ) and roof type, etc. But there must be calculators online or something (charts?) that can give us an idea.

Old 11-19-02, 12:53 AM
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There are far too many variables for anyone to give you a very accurate answer.
I'm not a contractor, but I've always heard an old rule-of-thumb that says a dried-in shell will represent about 40% of the cost of building the house.
If you can, get a general estimate of the cost-per-square-foot to build a home like you're planning in your area, and guesstimate from there.
The only way to know for sure is to finalize your house plan and get three bids on that phase oaf construction.
Good Luck!
Old 11-19-02, 05:38 AM
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Thanks Old Guy!

I heard 50%... so what you're telling me is even better! I hope it works out that way!

I think I'm going to go in the direction you mentioned. I'm also going to call the builders association in my state, etc. I'll get my plans drawn up and then "shop" it from there (bids)

Thanks for the help!


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