Key Pricing Factors For Building a Custom Kansas City Home

As trusted custom home builders in Kansas City, we know that most families have a budget to stick to when building a home; it may be a large budget, or one much smaller. Even the smallest changes can affect the price per square foot when building a home, so it’s important to understand how this can happen. Sure, someone can tell you it will cost $120 per square foot to build your dream home, but this is a number that can fluctuate greatly – even when a seemingly minor change is made.

Here are some factors to keep in mind when having a home built.


Of course most people assume that a 3,000 square foot home will cost more than a 2,200 square foot home, and most of the time it does. However, it isn’t only the size of the home you should take into consideration; the complexity of its design can also play a role. More important than the overall size of the home is the size of the rooms inside, and what is in those rooms. Include a large, elaborate kitchen and dining area with all of the plumbing, cabinets, appliances, tile flooring, or expensive counter tops, and that room alone can drastically increase the cost per square foot of your entire home. How “fancy” a single room is and the level of finish (as in expensive flooring, cabinets, counter tops, appliances, etc.) can make a smaller home end up costing more per square foot than a larger home. Ultimately, it isn’t just the size of the home that impacts the cost per square foot; it’s everything inside it.

Complexity of design.

We’ve all seen them – homes that are simple and rectangular in shape, and those with all kinds of dormers and roof intersections or rooms that come out farther to the front or back of the home that the rest of the house. For every twist and turn (varying off the basic straight line), building will cost more. Hipped, steeply pitched roofs, homes that “ramble” or spread out in direction (often seen in French Country design), all of these factors impact cost. Think about it this way: the more angles, level changes, porches, bay windows, or other features that take a home away from simple, basic lines, the more materials involved – and the more difficult the labor. If a home is complex in terms of architecture, which we agree is absolutely gorgeous, it will also cost substantially more to build – even if the square footage is the same as the simple Colonial style home.

Fixtures, finishes, etc.

Of course faucets, tubs, toilets, and kitchen sinks are must-haves – however there are countless designs to choose from, in a wide range of costs. Choose a typical fiberglass tub for the bathroom, and you’ll likely stay within budget; decide at the last minute you want a whirlpool tub instead, and the price per square foot to build your home has already jumped by about $1.50 per square foot. Granite counter tops, hardwood floors, brass hardware, and other upgrades are where you can quickly add up costs. In fact, the fixtures and finishes used in designing a home often represent as much as 40% of the total cost of the home! Make many changes, and you’ll see the cost per square foot you originally felt comfortable with has now risen to a level you may not feel you can afford.

Ultimately, it is important to begin your new home project with a clear idea regarding level of finish, how simple/complex the architecture will be, quality, etc. so that you don’t face any unexpected surprises in the end.

At Syler Custom Homes, we want our clients to be over the moon with their new custom home, not left with sticker shock. Our Kansas City custom home builders are dedicated to working closely with clients throughout the project to ensure the result exceeds what you want in a home, without costing far above what you anticipated. Contact us today for unsurpassed quality, workmanship, and satisfaction.