Average Cost to Build a Home by Square Footage in Missouri

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Building a home is the best way for homeowners to end up with a house that meets their particular needs and aesthetic tastes. While the wealth of available options can lead to a custom-built home costing more or less than purchasing a pre-built home, the average cost of a home in Missouri can serve as a good budget gauge.

Cost per Square Foot

  • According to author and builder Carl Heldmann of "Build Your Own House," the average cost of building a home in St. Louis, Missouri is $78.24 per square foot as of 2010.

Impact of Exterior Walls

  • The number of exterior walls a home has impacts its building cost. A solid rectangle formation with four walls is most affordable; a home with more than four walls (because of an extended room or a front door that's set back) gets progressively more expensive to build.

Impact of Materials

  • The materials used throughout the home, from insulation to heating systems to flooring to kitchen countertops, all significantly affect the final price of constructing a home in Missouri.

Impact of Location

  • Urban and suburban homes in and around St. Louis are, on average, more expensive than homes in more rural areas of Missouri.

Pre-Built Homes

  • According to the National Home Builders' Association, the average price of newly-built home in the Midwest was $86.97 per square foot in 2008; the median price per square foot was $84.41.

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