Building a home is the best way for homeowners to end up with a house that meets their particular needs and aesthetic tastes. While the wealth of available options can lead to a custom-built home costing more or less than purchasing a pre-built home, the average cost of a home in Missouri can serve as a good budget gauge.
Cost per Square Foot
According to author and builder Carl Heldmann of "Build Your Own House," the average cost of building a home in St. Louis, Missouri is $78.24 per square foot as of 2010.
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Impact of Exterior Walls
The number of exterior walls a home has impacts its building cost. A solid rectangle formation with four walls is most affordable; a home with more than four walls (because of an extended room or a front door that's set back) gets progressively more expensive to build.
Impact of Materials
The materials used throughout the home, from insulation to heating systems to flooring to kitchen countertops, all significantly affect the final price of constructing a home in Missouri.
Impact of Location
Urban and suburban homes in and around St. Louis are, on average, more expensive than homes in more rural areas of Missouri.
According to the National Home Builders' Association, the average price of newly-built home in the Midwest was $86.97 per square foot in 2008; the median price per square foot was $84.41.
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