Custom Home Budget Basics: What $300 Price Per Square Foot Will Get You

April 18, 2018

Welcome to the second installment of the custom home Budget Basics series. In the first post in this series, we showed you some examples of what features you can expect in your custom home with a budget of around $250 per square foot. In this post we’ll look at examples of custom home features for a budget that’s closer to the $300 per square foot range. (Each post in this series is simply a guideline. You can always move more dollars around in your budget to make a certain item “fit,” but these examples assume no compromises need to be made.)


For the avid home chef, a home in the $300 per square foot range usually includes an upgraded appliance package such as a Wolf range and a Subzero refrigerator. Upgraded cabinetry, custom islands, and additional natural lighting are also popular choices.  

Master Bath

Ready for a little pampering? At the $300 per square foot range your master bathroom gets a little cozier. Many of our customers love the radiant floor heating to keep toes toasty even on chilly winter mornings. Love to luxuriate in a hot bubble bath? A separate built-in tub is a popular choice, especially when positioned next to spectacular Pacific Northwest views.

Interior Features

Custom built-ins are a favorite feature for customers with a budget in the $300 per square foot range. Built-ins can be designed for a media center in the main living area, storage spaces in a mudroom or foyer, and to create an organized and sophisticated home office. Custom built-ins can vary in price from efficient to extravagant but a simple custom built-in is a great option in this budget range.

Exterior Features

A popular choice for customers in this price point who are looking for something unique is a metal roof. Metal roofs have a couple of advantages over other options, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Metal roofs are durable (they can last up to twice as long as other types of roofs), they can reduce cooling costs, and may be more resistant to winds and fire. What’s the right budget for you? At Estes Builders we specialize in designing and building custom homes that range from $250 to $450 per square foot. Schedule a free Project Analysis today and learn more about our award-winning design-build process and how we can help you create a home you’ll love. ]]>