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Posted by Kari Montoya on Nov 21, 2020 9:30:00 AM

If you’re wondering how much it costs to build a custom home, you’re not alone. It’s a common question with a complicated answer. There are seemingly thousands of line items from site costs and materials to permits and fees—it’s no wonder so many people hesitate in pursuing building a custom home! Well, hesitate no more. Adair Homes has created a pathway to understanding your total project costs in Central Washington. Our online tools and helpful guidance break down the numbers so you can feel confident in moving forward with a custom home built by Adair. No outrageous surprises, no oopsies, no overlooked utility costs. Today, calculating the cost of your new home is easier than ever before. 


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Location, Location, Location

It’s a common phrase—the most important attribute of a home whether you are buying or selling is: Location, Location, Location. It’s absolutely true. Your property’s location is foundational to your total project cost. Consider the price of the land itself, the cost of building permits in your jurisdiction, and the basic utilities you’ll pay in perpetuity. Location is everything.

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Your local Central Washington Adair Homes branch office offers great resources to help you in your land search. We have a vast network of Realtors who specialize in land acquisition, and can guide you through the sales process from identifying the perfect lot to closing.

Wondering where to live in Central Washington? Here are our top five cities to build your dream home in:


Perfect for the art lover, or outdoor enthusiast, Ellensburg has a historic downtown district, with art galleries, museums, and restaurants. They also host events throughout the year, including the popular Jazz in the Valley music festival in July.


A picturesque small town, located in the Cascade Mountains, Leavenworth is a Bavarian-inspired village. You'll find a range of options to capture your interests in this beautiful town, including mountain biking, hiking and skiing. Leavenworth is also home to festivals such as the Bavarian celebration of spring, called the Maifest, and a stunning Christmas Lights Festival.


Known as "The Heart of Washington", Yakima has become a popular wine destination. Home to over 120 wineries, you'll have no trouble developing your palate. This area is also a popular residence for outdoorsman, boasting 300 days of sunshine annually. 


With a beautiful backdrop of Mount Adams, Goldendale is located in the Eastern Columbia River Gorge. Rich in cultural heritage, and natural wonder, this region has a little something for everyone. Enjoy world class wineries, outdoor adventures, and go stargazing at one of the largest telescopes in the nation at Goldendale Observatory State Park. 

Cle Elum

Found in the heart of the Cascades, Cle Elum offers an abundance of hiking trails, and other outdoor activities. Weekend excursions with the family may include skiing, disc golfing, camping, or riding horses at Flying Horseshoe Ranch


Your Site + Floorplan

Before we move any dirt at all, though, we need to do a thorough site evaluation. Every piece of property will ‘hold’ a house differently. Thus, your site development costs will vary from lot to lot. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Adair offers a free site evaluation. One of our local Central Washington construction superintendents will personally walk your intended property to determine development costs. Is the lot steep? Will it require more foundation work? Are there trees to be avoided or moved? What kind of excavation will be required? This is also the time where the cost of permits, utilities, and provisional access is calculated. 

Pro Tip: If your land already has utilities set up, you’ll save a lot of money! If you’re purchasing acreage, plan on spending a little more in utilities to bring power, water (and sometimes sewer) to your homesite.

We’ve come a long way—but we still haven’t talked about the home itself; the meat and potatoes of your total project cost. Choosing a floorplan will determine the overall size of your home. Remember, every square foot of home space adds to every line item in your calculated cost—whether that’s flooring, plumbing lines, or electrical wiring—the bigger your home, the greater the cost of each category.


You can browse Adair’s home plans online—we’ve included a great pricing guide alongside each floorplan. These prices reflect the cost of the home from foundation to completion, our standard finishes included. Remember, you can add upgraded finishes to any of our home plans. Customize anything and everything, but only pay for what you want. 

Equity in Your Pocket

Adair cares about your financial position after you move into your brand new home in Central Washington! We want you to feel comfortable and be in a better financial position than when you started. Thanks in part to our unique sweat equity program, the majority of our customers move into their new Adair home with a solid equity position.

According to our in-house lender, Alliance Financial Services, the average equity position of our customers who finance through us, in the Central Washington region, is 22%.

With over fifty years in the home building business, Adair Homes understands how to help you plan for the best financial decision you’ll ever make: owning your own home. If you’re looking to build a home in 2020 and beyond, it pays to work with a company that knows how to navigate the ever-changing building and development landscape. We are experts at helping you finance your build job, develop workable site proposals, and determine a reasonable total project cost. At Adair Homes, it’s our goal to help you meet your budget and move-in to a brand new house with equity on Day 1. 

What’s your dream? Let’s get started!

About Adair Homes

With 50-plus years in the industry, Adair’s long term commitment to treating each customer with honesty, integrity, and respect has paid off, 21,000 customers strong and counting. 

At Adair Homes, our mission states: it is our privilege to build our customers the home they have always dreamed of. We believe in providing the greatest value for our customer’s dollar and finding innovative ways to value engineer homes. We believe that we can offer an outstanding customer experience that is both enjoyable and rewarding—and offer this one-of-a-kind customer experience as the largest on-your-lot builder in the West. For more info, get in touch with us here or call 1-844-518-7072.