Valux Homes Ltd. (Valux means 'value and luxury in perfect balance') designs and builds homes that fit the needs, desires and budgets of our clients. We have built homes from under $125/sq ft to over $350/sq ft. The higher the specifications and the more the home is spread out (more roof and foundation for the living areas) the higher the
cost. That being said, Valux Homes Ltd. has negotiated very favorable pricing for many aspects of the building process and we promise to be very cost effective in the design and construction of our clients' new homes. Our design/build process helps you to define your value-luxury paradigm where, working together, we can determine where your hard-earned dollars are best utilized to provide you and your family with the highest possible value.
Some additional information regarding the question most frequent asked by visitors. 'How much does a home cost per square foot?'
Unfortunately, it is also one of the few questions that we simply cannot answer very specifically. Can you tell me how much it costs per pound for a new car? What is the "average cost" of a dinner for two? All of the above questions contain so many variables that it is impossible for anyone to answer them accurately without first asking several
additional questions and gathering much more information. The same is true when calculating the cost to build a new home.
Let's begin by considering what square foot homebuilding costs really are nothing more than the total cost of a given project divided by the total number of square feet in that project. So, a 2,000 square foot home with total construction costs of $300,000 would cost $150 per square foot to build. Spend another $60,000 on a gourmet kitchen,
an elegant master bath, marble tiles in the foyer, a fancy curved stair, 10 foot ceilings, triple car garage or any other combination of "above average" features or finishes and that same 2,000 square foot house would now cost $180 per square foot to build; an increase of 20 percent.
Now consider the structure itself. If the house in question is a rancher, with all of the finished area on one floor, the roof would have to be large enough to cover the entire 2,000 feet of living space. Turn that single level rancher into a two-story colonial and the roof size is instantly reduced by 50 percent because the second floor system became
the "roof" for half of the area on the first floor. Increase the roof pitch from 4/12 to 12/12 and the roof area quickly increases by 35 percent. Of course, these examples are oversimplified because they don't consider any other differences like the need to add the cost of stairs and take away the space they occupy, or in the case of a slab-on-grade
foundation, the difference between the cost of a concrete slab verses a wooden floor system, but hopefully the point has been made.
Costs of similarly sized homes can also vary considerably due to the shape of the building, the number of corners or offsets in the design, the type of foundation, the pitch of the roof, the type and quality of the mechanical systems and many other design characteristics that are not directly related to the size of the house. And, to make matters more confusing , there really isn't any uniform method of measuring square footage or defining what is included in those numbers. Is the builder or realtor using exterior dimensions or interior dimensions? How do they define heated or unheated space? Have they included the garage or basement or unfinished loft areas in their calculations?
What about decks or covered porches? Is the land included in the square foot costs? What about building permits, liability insurance, utility connections, wells, septic systems, driveways, sidewalks, landscaping...
Unfortunately, the only way to be sure that your homebuilding budget is reasonable is to identify and price every item that will be used to build your individual home. Of course, in order to do that, we will need to have plans and specifications which will allow us to develop a complete and thorough estimate for your individual project. Our experience and access to very favorable development pricing will provide you and your family with the opportunity to have cost effective home tailored to meet your family's present and future needs and desires.