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    Default Construction of house - best options

    Hi
    I have a builder i have used before who at that time charged me
    $350 per sq meter (2004)+10% maestro fee
    I suspect for the same level of construction it would be at least $500 per mtr...it was easy to build this way.
    I paid him and it was completed

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    1/ For those that have built a home with a builder complete turn key like i did...is it cheaper to do it this way
    versus
    2/ the builder putting up all the block, roof plumbing all the basics
    leaving the owner to negotiate/install the fixtures, tiles, kitchen installers windows etc

    Would the savings be significant to go option 2
    any thoughts????

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    what about a blend of the two ?

    I was built but did 'shopping trips' w/ the buildr to selecttile, flooring, fixtures, toilets, etc
    Plus , I shipped some things in... light fixtures, etc

    your 2004 price (350/M) had a different exchange rate.

    Try talking $USA to get it right for today's values

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogerramjet1 View Post
    Hi
    I have a builder i have used before who at that time charged me
    $350 per sq meter (2004)+10% maestro fee
    I suspect for the same level of construction it would be at least $500 per mtr...it was easy to build this way.
    I paid him and it was completed

    Question
    1/ For those that have built a home with a builder complete turn key like i did...is it cheaper to do it this way
    versus
    2/ the builder putting up all the block, roof plumbing all the basics
    leaving the owner to negotiate/install the fixtures, tiles, kitchen installers windows etc

    Would the savings be significant to go option 2
    any thoughts????
    It would totally depend on which of those skills you have. Someone can maybe lay blocks without knowing how to hang cabinets? Etc... I have a friend right now building his house without the help of a Master. Just his knowledge and his 3 Haitian helpers. My self I have built many houses over the years, but would not attempt it here since the building methods are far different that where I have worked before.
    Der Fish

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    i was talkin US $
    $350us$ sq metre....exchange rate at that time...lord knows

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    i'm with WW, kind of. get the quote for the job, including finish and installation but pick up those details personally. by this, i mean, the price would include putting the floor but the tiles will be of your choice. and so on.

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    i guess what i was thinking is

    build the general block structure etc etc

    thne maybe go to a tile shop and negotiate a deal wit them to lay the tile
    electricians i can get access too and plumbing
    window/door installers/company...negotiate with them to install it
    kitchen to be installed by the business that i buy it from

    Im just trying to avoid the 40%markup minimum that the builder will put onto everythingggg

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    friends of ours just finished building few months ago. they hired one company to do everything but of course they picked up tiles, appliances and kitchen design. allegedly all the work is covered by the warranty in case of any fcukups. they already had the workers replace some tiles that were cracked/chipped and no problem with that. so maybe hiring one contractor has some advantages.

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    You can make whatever arrangements work for you. We just built an extension onto our house. Maestro's price included the block, the finishing of the walls, installation of the ceramic tile. We hired a painter separately and bought all our bathroom fixtures at Americana in SD [my husband installed those, did the electrical work himself too]. Hired a window guy to make and install windows. Was really very painless. Oh, and we paid the local ferreteria directly for all the construction supplies.

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    The finishings are where it can get problematic. Many contractors will charge a higher end per square foot rate but the quality of finishings might not warrant the extra cost. Per square for the bare bones but with you owning the level of detail on the finish.

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    I think ill
    probably erect the structure
    and at some point strike a deal with whomever to do the tiling, etc etc
    That way i think i can excise myself from paying his markup

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