Price for building a new house in Kelowna?

Re: Price for building a new house in Kelowna?

Postby forum » Dec 24th, 2018, 11:46 pm

Grandan wrote:If you have not read up on a few blogs, this is quite helpful:
https://clayconstruction.ca/apples-appl ... uare-foot/
There are simply too many variables to come up with a definative answer.
Find a builder in the area you want to build.
Having someone from out of your area will add significantly to the cost of the build.
Find a house plan you like that meets your needs. Make sure it fits the lot! Ask for a materials quotation from your local builders centre (or the nearest one that will) for a complete materials package. They should be able to quote you from concrete to cabinets and appliances. The level of finish is up to you. You'll want to do your homework anyway.
Think about landscaping.
Talk to your contractor about a labour contract, you supply the materials and he supplies the labour,
Now you have broken it all down to controlled parts.


When you supply the materials, the dude gets to charge you for every minute he wastes trying work with the material you supplied that doesn't quite work together all that well, right? And he charges you for all the trips to the supply house to get the right stuff, yeah? And he charges a consulting fee for verification of the materials, yes? And you don't complain when he installs it and it frankly just sucks. And you don't complain when you get charged a second time for him to do the job a second time, with the correct materials. Yes? And when the material fails, you call the supplier and they provide the warranty and then you pay the labour again to fix it under warranty, right?
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Re: Price for building a new house in Kelowna?

Postby common_sense_guy » Dec 25th, 2018, 8:07 pm

goalie wrote:i would wait until all the trades people are close to begging on the streets you'll get an even better rate. just make sure to throw them some food.
bad idea and it won't work. The good Tradesman that are worth the money won't beg for work because they'll still be busy. That's only going to leave you with this bad contractors that are going to ruin your house and go over budget if they finish it properly at all. You get what you pay for but you have to do your homework and get references.
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Re: Price for building a new house in Kelowna?

Postby Grandan » Dec 26th, 2018, 11:22 am

forum wrote:
Grandan wrote:If you have not read up on a few blogs, this is quite helpful:
https://clayconstruction.ca/apples-appl ... uare-foot/
There are simply too many variables to come up with a definative answer.
Find a builder in the area you want to build.
Having someone from out of your area will add significantly to the cost of the build.
Find a house plan you like that meets your needs. Make sure it fits the lot! Ask for a materials quotation from your local builders centre (or the nearest one that will) for a complete materials package. They should be able to quote you from concrete to cabinets and appliances. The level of finish is up to you. You'll want to do your homework anyway.
Think about landscaping.
Talk to your contractor about a labour contract, you supply the materials and he supplies the labour,
Now you have broken it all down to controlled parts.


When you supply the materials, the dude gets to charge you for every minute he wastes trying work with the material you supplied that doesn't quite work together all that well, right? And he charges you for all the trips to the supply house to get the right stuff, yeah? And he charges a consulting fee for verification of the materials, yes? And you don't complain when he installs it and it frankly just sucks. And you don't complain when you get charged a second time for him to do the job a second time, with the correct materials. Yes? And when the material fails, you call the supplier and they provide the warranty and then you pay the labour again to fix it under warranty, right?

A labour contract is a lump sum contract so it is not in his best interest to drag his feet. Holding back 15% at the end ensures that he does not leave anything undone. All a contractor can do is to attempt to add some extras into the contract over and above the basic minimum specified in the building code. That is one place where the contractor can increase his profit margin. Having an owner's representative monitor the build also ensures that shortcuts or materials substitutions does not occur. No contractor in his right mind will install something the wrong way on purpose or he will be redoing it at his own expense, including replacing any materials he destroyed to do it. Good guess though.
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