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Is it cheaper to build a house with concrete or wood?

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The cost of building a house with concrete versus wood can vary depending on several factors, including location, design, and market conditions.

However, I can provide some general insights based on recent information:

  • Concrete: The average cost to build a house with concrete (such as using Insulated Concrete Forms or ICF) ranges from $110 to $250 per square foot. Concrete homes are typically 10% to 60% more expensive than wood-framed homes due to higher labor costs1. Concrete is known for its durability, fire resistance, and energy efficiency, which can lead to long-term savings.
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  • Wood: Building a wood-framed home costs about $100 to $155 per square foot. Wood is a renewable resource and offers versatility and a natural aesthetic. It’s also easier to work with and can result in less thermal bridging3. The cost-effectiveness of wood can be influenced by factors such as the type of wood used and the design of the house.

In summary, initial construction costs for a concrete house are generally higher than for a wood house. However, concrete houses may offer long-term financial benefits due to lower maintenance costs and higher durability.

It’s important to consider both the upfront costs and the long-term implications when deciding on the material for your house. Consulting with local builders and considering the specific conditions of your building site will provide a more accurate estimate for your project.

 
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