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904 Redonda Street, Winnipeg, MB R5R OJ4
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to build a custom home/ cottage?
The starting cost for most new builds is in the $325 per square foot range, this does not include land. However, in our experience, by the time you add in a few upgrades, most custom builds will fall into the $375-$475 per square foot range, with some going up in price from there, depending on how complicated the design is and what type of finishes are being used.
For cottages, the starting point is the same, but the cost does increase with distance from the city. In certain areas of Manitoba cottage country and Lake of the Woods, there can be further cost considerations due to site accessibility and ground conditions for the foundations. For more information on what factors contribute to the cost of a build, check out this blog post: How much does it cost to build a custom home?
How much does it cost to build a timber frame?
Depending on complexity and type of wood, timber frame generally adds between $50 and $75 per square foot on the portion of the build where it’s used.
For example, if you built a 2000 square foot home, but only use timber in the great room, then the added cost per square foot would only be on that portion of the build. As a result, partial timber frames or “Hybrid’s” are very popular and generally more economical.
Where do you build?
We try to keep our builds within a 3 hour drive of Winnipeg. This would include all of Winnipeg and local cottage country, including Lake of the Woods, the Whiteshell, Twin Beaches, Hecla Island, Victoria Beach, and Lac du Bonnet to name a few.
Do I Need a plan?
While we can use a plan that you’ve already had drawn, we also do full design and blueprints. The advantage of having us do your design is that we can make sure your design will fit your budget. Too often we have clients show up with a finished plan that they spent a lot of money on and it can’t be built within their budget.
One more critical thing to keep in mind, is that timber frame plans need to be drawn a very specific way. For clients who are having someone else draw their timber frame plans, we like to review them before the final edits are made, just to make sure the timber portions are designed in a way that will maximize efficiency and quality.
How long does it take to build?
Most custom builds fall between the 9-12 month range. However size, complexity, location and site conditions can play a major role in build timeline. Very large, complex homes can take up to a year and a half. Site accessibility in the winter months, for certain areas in cottage country, may also play a role and impact when it’s possible to start a project.
In Lake of the Woods we often deal with this when building on Islands. For more information on how long a build takes, check out my blog post: Time expectations in the building process.
Do you do addition/renovations?
Yes. While we don’t do as much advertising for additions and renovations, we’ve been doing them for as long as we’ve been building.
904 Redonda Street, Winnipeg, MB