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Costs to Build a Custom Home in Rancho Bernardo, CA


Costs to Build a Custom Home


This is the very first step when deciding to build a custom home! You will need to determine what finishes you want. Everything from the countertops, flooring, doors, paint, etc. so that you can establish a rough estimate of price/sq.ft to determine the size of custom home that you can build.

Plans & Design (Soft Costs)

Once you have a budget established it’s time to have your custom home designed and plans drawn. The cost to do this in Rancho Bernardo is typically 3%-5% of the overall cost to build the home. It is important to remember that the costs will vary depending on if you hire an architect or a draftsman.

Permits & Fees (Soft Costs)

Don’t forget to account for permits & fees as well when determining a budget for your custom home! Fees in Rancho Bernardo will typically run between $25,000-$40,000 depending on the size of the home, school district, and location. These fees include school fees, traffic impact fees, building plan check fees, park fees, building permit fees, septic layout, septic permit fees, sewer fees & water meter fees.

Site Costs

Average site costs in Rancho Bernardo are typically between $50,000-$125,000. However, this does depend on the land that you decide to build your custom home on and can very easily exceed these numbers. It is very important to investigate the costs involved to improve the building site prior to purchasing your land.

The site costs will include grading, soils testing, BMP’s (erosion control), landscaping, drilling a water well, water storage tanks, booster pump & pressure tanks for the water storage tank, septic system, electrical service line, propane or natural gas line, city sewer line connection, water meter connection, asphalt or concrete driveway and area drains.

Build Costs

When figuring costs to build your custom home in Rancho Bernardo we look at previously completed projects with similar finishes and evaluate costs in 3 different categories. Those categories are the living area, covered porch area, and garage. From there we can make a rough estimate of the building costs for your new custom home! You will find the average costs for each one of these in our custom home building cost guide for actual homes that we have built.

What affects price per square foot?

Three other factors to consider is the actual square footage of the home, the number of bathrooms (bathrooms and kitchens are the most expensive when it comes to building), and the type of finishes that you want. To get more detailed info on pricing out a custom home building project refer to our Custom Home Building Cost Guide!

Why build a custom home in Rancho Bernardo, CA?

Rancho Bernardo, also known as RB by locals, is a community of Northern San Diego. In 1961 Lawrence and Donald Daley partnered with Harry Summers and WR “Fritz” Hawn to form Rancho Bernardo Inc, a planned community spanning 5,400 acres. A year later Rancho Bernardo became a residential community of San Diego. Today Rancho Bernardo has a population of 1,374,812 people. The median home value is $488,600 and the crime rate is 20% lower than the national average which makes Rancho Bernardo a great place to raise a family! Some things to do in Rancho Bernardo is the San Diego Children’s Museum or the Rolling Hills Boarding Stables or even the Rancho Bernardo History Museum! But you’re so close to San Diego that you will have access to all the attractions that San Diego has to offer too!

Why work with Freeman's Construction Inc?

Freeman’s Construction Inc. specializes in design build custom homes, whole house remodels, fire rebuilds, additions, steel buildings & ICF construction (insulated concrete forms). We are leaders in fire-resistant construction & work in all areas of San Diego County.

We are a local family-owned company that has been in business since 1981. We are committed to delivering the highest quality custom homes, whole house remodels, additions, and ICF construction construction projects that are both on time and on budget. We take great pride in providing every one of our customers with a smooth and trouble free building experience. Our team will guide you through each step of our building process. Honesty, integrity & customer service are core values that make up the heart of our company. If you are looking for a general contractor you can trust, please contact us today.  

Recently Completed Custom Home Projects

Freeman’s Construction Inc. has been building custom homes, accessory dwelling units, and completing whole house remodeling projects in San Diego County for over 39 years. To schedule a project consultation please call us today at 760-788-6846 or fill out a request form here.

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Ramona, CA |Poway, CA | Escondido, CA | Julian, CA | San Marcos, CA |San Diego, CA | Rancho Santa Fe, CA | Lakeside, CA| Rancho Bernardo, CA | Scripps Ranch | Carmel Mountain Ranch | 4 S Ranch | Carlsbad, CA