We are well on our way into our house build….I’m at the point of Decision Fatigue….I really don’t want to make ONE more decision. I’m having a Love/Hate relationship with the Internet right now. For every decision I make, I spend DAYS researching online everything from performance to durability to best prices…ugh! I’m all researched out.
One of the things I’ve absolutely HATED about the building process is finding out how much something costs. As a DIYER, I’m used to doing everything myself, including calculating up costs of projects to decide if I want to do them….well that is NOT how it works in the building industry. You first contact the person doing the work (ie builder) or go to the store supplying the products. You then proceed to pick out what you like. You drive home and wait a few days to get the price or rather SHOCKING price….so then you drive back to the store , repick things out, with the sales clerk trying to direct you to what might be less, then you wait another few days and get back something that isn’t that much less. Of course by that time, you have your heart set on some of the things you originally picked out because, hey, that’s why you picked them out, right?? So then you end up going over what your allowance is because you can’t accept less, or at least, that much less….so pretty soon all those over-budgets add up to a TON of money and you feel like this whole house build is one HUGE, Gaping, Gushing, Bloody wound and you can’t wait until the house is done so you can stop the bleeding, stitch it up and begin the healing process on your bank account. Fun times!
Seriously when I walked into the store my builder told me to go to and pick out faucets, I almost turned around and walked back out after not seeing any price tags. I seriously considered just going to Lowes and Home Depot to find faucets.
So, I’m writing this post as a favor to anyone who is now researching what to put on the outside of their house in hopes it will help you out and then I won’t feel too bad about all that time I spent waiting for quotes and doing all the research.
Here it is the nitty-gritty numbers:
Our house is about 40 feet across the front and 43 feet on the side. It’s almost a rectangle if you include the front porch. It’s 1 1/2 stories in the front and a full 2 stories in the back (kind of like a backwards salt box house), so that gives you some idea of the amount of materials we used. If you want to know exact square footage, ask me now and I’ll ask my builder.
Semi-Bead Vinyl siding Cost (which I think was 6-7″ wide and I think was Certainteed): $6780
LP Smartside Siding Cost: 9820
cost to paint LP Smartside: 3200
Fiber Cement Cost and Brick Cost: I didn’t write down the exact amounts but they both where in the 18-20,000 range. That includes painting the Cement Siding and I’m pretty sure that quote is for James Hardie’s Hardiplank Siding.
so what did we choose????
I really loved the look of Fiber Cement Siding and I was extremely disappointed to learn that it was super close to the cost of Brick. We were all set to go with vinyl until I happened to ask a sales guy if he knew of anything that was nicer than vinyl but not as expensive as Fiber Cement and Brick…I mean, there seemed like there should be a middle ground, right?? He told me about LP Smartside, so we had it priced and it was right in the middle of vinyl and brick. So since that is the look I wanted, we decided to go with it.
Honestly, I would have never guessed it wasn’t Fiber Cement Siding if I hadn’t seen the back of it. It looks great!! Let’s see if we still like it in a few years, huh? 🙂
So for all those fellow home builders or soon-to-be builders or even wanna-be’s (hey, I was there once too), hope this helps make ONE of your decisions a little bit easier.
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Next article will be about DIYing Whole House audio…yeah, what was supposed to be having the security guys drilling a few holes for me to run audio wires ended up with me on the ladder with the drill….fun!
Oh and I’ve been meaning to get you my top tips on how to choose a builder since that was a mind boggling task when we first started out too.
One of my readers, Ashley, left some great info in the comments on her research of LP Smartside and Hardie. It’s a hard decision (at least for us it was because everyone around here was using fiber cement siding), but she ultimately decided to go with LP Smartside and sent me the pictures of the amazing transformation:
Wow!! I love the gray and white and the stone!