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Building Your Own Home

Are you choosing between making substantial renovations to your current home and building a new home? Building a brand new, custom home where you currently live can be the most cost-effective option to get what you really need.

Can I Afford to Build

The total cost to build a home on your lot will be determined by the following equation:

Land Price + Site Work Costs + New Home Construction = Total Cost

Depending on where you’d like to live, the price for land can vary significantly. In scenic Darnestown, for example, you’ll find building lots from the $600,000s, while a teardown in urban Bethesda could easily cost over $1,200,000.

The cost of fees, services and materials are also factors to consider. County impact fees can reach over $60,000. The cost of various materials and services has also increased in recent years. In all, your site work costs can total as much as $350,000 or more.

Here’s a sample breakdown of a total custom build of a Classic Homes Willow model in Bethesda:

  • $850,000 (lot price)
  • $165,000 (site work costs)
  • $669,900 (new home construction/Willow model)

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Major renovations to your home often result in unforeseen—and costly—expenses. For example, once demolition work begins on your home, contractors or county inspectors may find that your entire electrical or plumbing system needs to be torn out and replaced. Similarly, the asbestos and lead paint often found in older homes must be removed. Such remediation can be exorbitantly expensive. Even without the costly surprises, renovations and additions can cost over twice as much as a new home.

Site Work & Land

The price of homes in new communities includes a high mark-up on the land acquisition and the site work done to prepare the lots for construction. By removing your existing home and building on your lot, you avoid these mark-ups.

At Classic Homes of Maryland, we also save on these costs by managing your site improvements using qualified, established subcontractors and overseeing the entire process. That means you won’t pay an engineer or land manager cost-plus on all the individual costs for engineering, clearing, permits and stormwater management.

Impact Fees

In some areas (such as Montgomery and Howard Counties), impact fees can cost over $60,000. In new home communities, this cost—plus the developer’s profit margin—have been factored into the price of new homes. Building a new home on your existing home site allows you to avoid the developer’s mark-up and potentially avoid associated impact taxes.

Customizing Your Own Home

Many builders offer semi-custom homes, where you can “customize” from a limited list of pre-selected options. With Classic Homes, your choices are limitless. Once you’ve selected a floor plan from our extensive library, your imagination and budget are the only limits to how that floor plan can be modified. And, if the plans in our portfolio don’t match your vision, our Design Build process will allow you to create a unique home that matches your every need.

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