17 Sep '12, 12pm

Why Construction Is Expensive, Especially When It Is Small and Green

Why Construction Is Expensive, Especially When It Is Small and Green

It has been a constant source of frustration for me over the years that when it comes to building anything in America, the discussion always reverts to the cost per square foot. Just because a production builder can toss up 3,000 square feet of crap made of carpet and drywall and vinyl for $75 bucks per foot, then every small prefab or minihome or garden office at $200 a foot is grossly overpriced. For years I have tried to make the case that the easiest way to drop the price per square foot of a house is to simply pump up the volume: kitchens and bathrooms are expensive, but family rooms and bedrooms with nothing but drywall and carpet are really cheap. Now Seattle architect and builder BUILD has taken a shot at bringing a little more precision into the discussion, calling them Asymmetrical Costs : Some areas of a home are much more expensive per square foot because they ...

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