homes built in Galveston cost so much more per square foot than
homes built on the mainland?
wind storm code for seaward homes and the fact that all
beach/bay homes are on pilings 10' to 12' up in the air adds
from 10% to 15% to the cost of building a home in Galveston.
Elevating a house with living area and decks adds about $20 to
$25 per square foot to the cost of the main deck area. Most
mainland homes do not have several hundred feet of exterior
decking. Also, elevating a home requires one or more stairways,
longer plumbing and electrical services. The HVAC for a slab
home is roughly one ton per 600 square feet of air conditioned
living area. An elevated or beach type home needs one ton per
every 300 to 350 square feet of air conditioned living area.
Mainland homes do not have floor insulation. There are more
factors involved that affect cost, but these are the most
seen some homes with storm shutters and others without. Which is
all about costs. Impact storm shutters cost $35 to $40 per
square foot. Impact glass costs around $30 a square foot. Add
the $35 or $40 to the $10 a square foot that a good regular
vinyl window costs and you get up to $50 a square foot cost for
a window. For example, a 3'x6' window with shutters would cost
about $900. An impact 4'x6' window costs $540; a regular 3'x6'
vinyl window costs $180 and an aluminum 3'x6' window can be
purchased for $75 to $85. A great big difference. The same cost
structure works with exterior doors.
is the best exterior material to use: vinyl siding, hardi-plank
beach-type homes move in high wind. The movement is less
pronounced with the use of vinyl siding which is not firmly
attached and allows for expansion and contraction. Any good
carpenter can install wood and vinyl siding. Stucco would be my
last choice for an elevated home. It costs the most and offers
the most prob- lems if not done properly. It requires a skilled
long does it take to build a beach or bay home? Is it hard to
to six months is normal construction time for most houses.
Permits for any subdivision are available. It takes time and
they are not cheap.
been looking at canal lots and see bulkheads made of different
materials. Can you explain the differences?
bulkheads cost the most. Any good bulkhead will last about 25
years with proper maintenance. Bulkheads are like everything
else: a poor job in any material isn't going to last long.
have any suggestions for choosing a lot?
for lots vary a great deal, depending on the neighborhood, the
view, beachfront, beachside, canal or dry land locations. I'd
say choose the one you want. The hot summer sun makes a lot with
a back yard/canal to the east my personal choice. A lot facing
north would be my last choice.
should we look for in a builder?
recommend you look for a builder that has been in the area for
several years and has completed product that you can see.
Interview several builders. NEVER choose a builder because he
gives you the best price, unless their product and reputation
are solid. NEVER use an out of town builder who is unfamiliar
with our construction requirements here. As the new builder
learns, you pay.