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Posted by Kari Montoya on Feb 15, 2021 12:36:49 PM

The fertile land to either side of the mighty Columbia River has been a destination long before the housing boom of the past few years. This area, crossing through both Oregon and Washington State, boasts stunning natural views up and down the Gorge, bountiful harvests, mild winters, and world-class recreational opportunities. All that, and the housing is still reasonably priced.


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Total Project Cost

If you’re wondering how much it costs to build a custom home in the Mid Columbia Valley, 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! 

For this purpose, Adair Homes has created a pathway to understanding your total project costs in the Mid Columbia Valley. 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. 

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.

Your local Mid Columbia Valley 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. 

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Moving Dirt

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 Mid Columbia Valley 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. 

Blue Prints

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.

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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 the Mid Columbia Valley. We want you to not just feel good—but 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 Mid Columbia Valley 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 2021 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. 

Top 5 Places to Live


Enjoy all four seasons in this beautiful city, without the annual rainfall that Seattle gets. Pasco has outdoor activities for everyone in your family, year round. Are you a wine enthusiast? There are more than 200 wineries within a 1-hour drive!


Located in the lush Yakima Valley, Prosser is home to over 30 wineries and breweries. With the Yakima River running through and Horse Heaven Hills nearby, there's endless options for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. 

Walla Walla

Located at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla is one of the country's hottest new wine-touring regions. A town rich with history, you'll find plenty of fascinating museums and historic attractions to tour with your family. 


A midsize town nestled in the heart of the Columbia Basin, Hermiston has a rich history and is a popular spot for travelers. Visit the famous Hat Rock State Park, take the Whisky & Rocks Farm Loop self-guided tour, or enjoy unlimited outdoor recreation. 


The West is still wild in the city of Pendleton. There is plenty to do in this country town, including an underground tour, bronze art trail, cultural museum and the world-famous Pendleton Round-Up

Moving the Mid Columbia Valley means you’ll be surrounded by lush beauty, award-winning wineries, and a burgeoning renewable energy-focused workforce. You really can’t go wrong.

What’s your dream? Let’s get started!

Disclaimer: Equity position averages include customers who already own land, and who purchased land using their construction loan. Equity position varies, and is not a guarantee.

About Adair Homes

With 51-plus years in the industry, Adair’s long term commitment to treating each customer with honesty, integrity, and respect has paid off, 22,000 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.