What do I budget for my project?

It is hard to know what you should expect to budget for you project as a homeowner  especially when you are still trying to picture your new home or new addition.

Dorsia Design's comprehensive "Lifestyle Allowance" system will guide you through every step of the way to attain your budget goals and create a smooth project.  We believe that you should design your budget before you design your home so that attainable project goals can be set and achieved.

New Custom Homes

We have found that a good starting point is approx $180 per square foot for a new custom home with our executive lifestyle interior finishing package – however, it is very difficult to put a straight square footage cost on a new custom built home, since there are so many factors that need to be taken into consideration.

We provide our clients with a preliminary cost breakdown of the entire project. We can also provide a full mortgage package as required. We can take care of all aspects of the new build, this includes design, engineering, permits, and build costs before you purchase your lot to help put costs in perspective.

Key budget points:

  • New custom homes starting from $180 per square foot
  • Estimate 5-7% of total project cost for design, architectural fees, engineering and permitting etc.​

Complete Renovations

A good starting point for a home renovation is $150 per square foot.  A complete home renovation includes: select foundation work, new exterior envelope, structural changes to floor plans and layout; interior finishes, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, drywall, insulation, electrical, mechanical upgrades and fixtures. Costs will vary as each renovation is unique. Every one of our renovation projects is tailored to our client’s lifestyle .  We will take your entire project wish list into consideration before we build a scope of work and a comprehensive budget.

Key budget points:

  • Complete home renovations starting at $150 per square foot
  • Note: during an older homes renovation there can be problems that are concealed until they are noticed. Keep in mind these can be hidden costs that no one can plan for.

Dorsia Designs Renovation

Remodeling & Revitalizing

There are many ways of taking an existing home and making it look new without exceeding your budget. Keeping existing structural, electrical, mechanical and plumbing components intact and unchanged contribute immensely. Dorsia Designs will create a detailed portfolio of the scope of work and include a comprehensive budget.  For example a good starting point in developing a basement starts at $50 per square foot. This includes interior finishing and structural layout; bathroom, bedroom, recreational area.... this will include flooring, drywall, insulation, electrical, mechanical as required, paint and fixtures all included based on our Lifestyle Allowance. Costs will vary as each design and build is unique by the selections of each individuals lifestyle.

Key budget points:

  • Allow 5% – 10% of total project costs for design fees, drafting, engineering, permitting etc.​
  • Basement - Complete revitalization starting at $50 per square foot
  • Kitchens – allow for $35,000 – $60,000 to start a kitchen remodel with solid wood cabinetry including boxes, drawers and softclose 
  • Bathrooms – allow for $12,500 – $20,000 to start a bathroom remodel