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[*] posted on 8-14-2011 at 12:55 PM
Cost estimate 750 sq feet cinder block structure


Hello all. What would you estimate a 750 square foot cinder block structure cost to have built in San Lucas (south of Santa Rosalia). I am thinking a two bed room/one bath unit. I am thinking of a basic structure, nothing fancy at all. Thanks for any replies.

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[*] posted on 8-14-2011 at 01:23 PM


Don't know about total cost but materials for 8ft high exterior walls of a 28 ft x 28 ft cinder block structure (1000 8x16 blocks + mortar and rebar) will run around $2, 000 and take 2 men around 4 days to lay compared to about the same materail $ for metal stud structure (112ft top and bottom channels, 84 studs @16" on center, screws and 28 sheets DuraRock (yellow board) which will only take 2 men 1 day to complete. The foundation/slab, roof and interior walls, will be the same $ either way you go. The plumbing and electric will either be exposed on block structure or hidden within at extra labor cost while both are hidden in metal stud construction at no extra cost + its easy to insulate the structure. Good luck.



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[*] posted on 8-14-2011 at 04:12 PM


robert robert robert...you aint in kansas anymore

he SAID san lucas cove not punta banta...

40 grand completed




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[*] posted on 8-14-2011 at 04:16 PM


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40 grand completed


Really????? That's a lot for 750 feet.
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[*] posted on 8-14-2011 at 04:33 PM


he means it'll take 2 months at a rather large weekly salary for two guys....:P

[Edited on 8-14-2011 by woody with a view]




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 07:26 AM


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Don't know about total cost but materials for 8ft high exterior walls of a 28 ft x 28 ft cinder block structure (1000 8x16 blocks + mortar and rebar) will run around $2, 000 and take 2 men around 4 days to lay compared to about the same materail $ for metal stud structure (112ft top and bottom channels, 84 studs @16" on center, screws and 28 sheets DuraRock (yellow board) which will only take 2 men 1 day to complete. The foundation/slab, roof and interior walls, will be the same $ either way you go. The plumbing and electric will either be exposed on block structure or hidden within at extra labor cost while both are hidden in metal stud construction at no extra cost + its easy to insulate the structure. Good luck.


Maybe a better technique in the north where earthquakes are more common, but masonry stands up well to the chubascos. Styrofoam composite has the benefits of both--fast installation, concrete mesh infrastructure, yet more flexible than standard concrete block. And the amazing high R-value.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 09:53 AM


40 grand??? :O That sucks.. I was hoping to get something built for around 20 grand or so.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 10:20 AM


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40 grand??? :O That sucks.. I was hoping to get something built for around 20 grand or so.


Move a 24 foot travel trailer down and build around it.....look around the campos, you will get plenty of ideas :lol:




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 01:20 PM


Bajaguy is right. Old School-Old Baja style. Trailer w/small bodega block storeroom w/bano. After you win the Lottery you can yank out the trailer and build your home. The cost of materials has really gone up . Around the Bays in Mulege you can still see a few Trailer-Homes. Tio
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 03:56 PM


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robert robert robert...you aint in kansas anymore

he SAID san lucas cove not punta banta...

40 grand completed

I was only comparing the material cost for the exterior walls only; not the whole job. 84 metal studs and 28 sheets of yellow board easily fit in a pickup bed and can be purchased up here in "Kansas" if not available down south.

[Edited on 8-15-2011 by durrelllrobert]




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 04:03 PM


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he means it'll take 2 months at a rather large weekly salary for two guys....:P

[Edited on 8-14-2011 by woody with a view]
exterior walls only require 1000 blocks and 2 masons can certainly lay 1 blocks/minute hence it is a 2 day job.



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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 04:34 PM


He wants interior walls too. Two bedrooms, a bath, a kitchen, floors........ You are asking about a house, not a shed. The $40,000 sounds right if you do not need tile or cabinets or windows or doors. Sorry.:rolleyes:
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 05:09 PM


It just goes to show you how the price falls if you can do the work yourself.
Probably you can't, but I'd buy my first hammer and practice.
Good luck, Damion.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 05:12 PM


block goes up fast...yes...

but under-estimating is why you see so many unfinished buildings in baja

block needs castillos and rebar
this is the structure

foam does insulate but it spider cracks

i think you should first do a spreadsheet
go to home depot and pricee stuff

then add it to the spreadsheet

remember if you bring in construction material you need to import it
figure 20% extra

price windows
doors
sinks
plumbing
fittings
copper
pressure pumps
piping
water tanks
septic stuff $$$
electrical stuff
wire $$$
lights
water heaters
cabinets kitchen and bath
sinks
then tile
and cement
maybe a retro (backhoe)
fill dirt
etc

block is NOT laid one a minute here
it could...but its not

remember permits
and enviormental permits

it all adds up

then

labor...
social security payments medical
etc etc

good luck

but $40K for your small house is a deal




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 05:18 PM


Isn't Bob & Susan suggesting an approx $54 sq/foot 'complete' cost estimation?

Sound like an accurate DEAL to me!!
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 06:14 PM


Quote:
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Quote:
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he means it'll take 2 months at a rather large weekly salary for two guys....:P

[Edited on 8-14-2011 by woody with a view]
exterior walls only require 1000 blocks and 2 masons can certainly lay 1 blocks/minute hence it is a 2 day job.


yeah, but 40 g's?




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 06:30 PM


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yeah, but 40 g's?


So you're saying $54 sq/foot for COMPLETE is unreasonable?
I'm going to guess you've never built.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 07:02 PM


let's say $1.50/block times 1000 = $1500. you're gonna tell me it's $38.5 g's to lay 1000 block (per the quote above).

yeah, i am missing something. should i re-read the entire post?




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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 07:05 PM


Here's what I've seen happen many times around here (and From previous personal experience):

A person has sticker shock when they're told about building costs so they opt for the trailer.
They invest in A decent size but not brand new trailer= $12,000-15,000.
Build a concrete pad, maybe a few walls and a Palapa= $15,000.
Septic system, tinaco for water storage and a couple of solar panels and batteries $3000-4000 +.
They realize they need a bodega for storage= $8,000-10,000.
They get tired of bumping their elbows while showering and they build a little bathroom/shower= $5000-10,000.

Now they've invested close to $50,000 in the 20 year trailer and the water pump goes out, the fridge stops working and they've replaced the water heater for the 3rd time and they still have a 20 year old trailer...

As the assistant financial officer of a casa currently under construction, I'd say Bob's figure is little lower than I would have estimated. Sand and gravel and water deliveries to the jobsite? Storage for your block and bags of cement during construction? Transportation of your materials? These are examples of the "extras" that add to you labor and materials estimates. The cost of Social Security for the workers will really surprise you. As Bob mentioned, tack on $10,000-12,000 for an Environmental Impact Study depending on your location.

But when you're finally finished, you've got a casa.
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[*] posted on 8-15-2011 at 07:06 PM


Quote:
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let's say $1.50/block times 1000 = $1500. you're gonna tell me it's $38.5 g's to lay 1000 block (per the quote above).

yeah, i am missing something. should i re-read the entire post?

You seem to be missing that he wants more than a shell, with no roof or floor.
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