It's a topic that comes up constantly, and understandably so! The cost of building a Timber Block home. Today, we're hearing from someone who has went through the process, from beginning to end.
Michael and Victoria Boomgarden built their beautiful modified Dakota on gorgeous property in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin 6 years ago. When asked by a follower of Timber Block's Facebook Page how much it cost to build their home, here's what Michael had to say...
"Costs vary considerably, depending on local labor costs, options from Timber Block, and the finishes you use. As an example, the construction quotes we received varied by 100%."
A major factor in price difference can be - not with the home itself - but with the land you're building on. "We built on unimproved land, so we had considerable costs for grading and rough landscaping, installing a well, a septic system, running electricity, etc.," says Michael.
Michael adds there are many ways to "slice and dice this", and providing one number can be very misleading. "The bottom line: A Timber Block home is of exceptionally high quality, and at a reasonable price."
Looking deeper into the Boomgarden's journey, Michael discussed another very important factor when it comes to home building: The General Contractor, or Builder. He says when they decided on Timber Block's Dakota model, he went to 3 local contractors, gave them a Request for Proposal that he had drafted, and waited for their response. "The guys we ultimately went with were not the least expensive, but they had a stellar reputation and were willing to work with us to reduce costs. But, before we got to the point of giving them the go-ahead, Dave, one of the owners said (summarizing), 'this looks great, but I could build you a conventional look-alike for $80,000 less.' However, I said, "Nope, we're going with Timber Block."
Fast forward four months, Michael says he and Dave had the following discussion. "First, he was astounded at the quality of the components and declared that the house was "rock solid." Second, he said (summary), 'Now that we've gone through the process, I could not have built a home of this quality conventionally for what this cost you.'"
Michael says over time, he does look at the entire process a bit differently, "You can't compare Timber Block to anything except an extremely high-end, custom built home. The energy efficiency, quality of materials, and the overall integrity of the package simply can't be compared to anything else on the market. The distinguishing characteristic of the product is that you end up with a home that's unbeatable in quality for a price that's on par with an average, plain Jane house. No offense to Jane . . . I'm sure she's a lovely girl."
(Below: Michael and Victoria Boomgarden, shortly after moving into their new home.)
So, in summary, getting an exact cost of how much building your dream home, cannot be answered with a simple "How much does it cost to build a Timber Block home?" However, we do have a very experienced team of Home Consultants all over the USA and Canada that can help you get a solid idea on what it will cost, but it will take a few questions: Where you're building, what you're building, the lot it's being built on, your builder, your finishings, your interior, and more. We invite you to contact a Home Consultant to talk more about it, and get a quote completed for you.
(The Boomgarden's home, 6 years after it was built.)