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Ask a Pro Q&A: Building Your Own Home

Welcome to another installment of Ask a Pro! Today we are talking to Design pro and Casa Latina’s home improvement expert Marlene Pratt about what’s involved when planning to build your own home.


Q: Hola mi nombre es Wendy R. mi pregunta es cuanto me cuesta contruir una casa de concepto abierto, de tres recamaras, dos baños aqui en Goshen, Indiana 46526. Gracias.

Translation: Hi my name is Wendy R. and my question is: how much would it cost me to build an open-concept home, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, here in Goshen, IN 46526. Thanks.

-Wendy R.


A: The cost of building a new house in Goshen Indiana or anywhere in the US really depends on how big you want your new home to be, and upon the materials, location, specifications or builders used. Your question is kind of general and there are many variables that go into building a home; so consider first making a spreadsheet with the list of the things you cannot do without. For example, what type of exterior/siding would you like your home to have? Would you like to live in a one level or two levels home? Do you require a certain amount of square footage for you and your family both inside and out? Would you like a basement and if so, finished or unfinished? How many bathrooms do you want and how many do you really need? And for your open concept do you know how big or fancy of a kitchen you really need?

I made a few phone calls and I was told that the average two bedroom home in Indiana could run you between $180,000 and $240,000 and that cost is based on average quality material. Please keep in mind that a unique home designed to your specifications and built with quality material will considerably change that estimate.

If you want a better idea of what your wants will cost you consider utilizing a FREE cost estimating software. The software allows you to vary the design, quality, size, and zip code of any house plan to get an approximate cost to build estimate.

-Marlene P.