Cottage Building Costs‏

There have been some requests lately from readers that would like to follow the same steps I did in building a cottage and they are looking for costs to put a budget together.  I know where they are coming from because before I started all this I couldn’t find any costs or quotes or even a task list of things I would need to pay for.

So I thought I would list some of items I paid for and their approximate costs to help folks out.

Take into consideration regional prices, taxes and the size of the building.


So here’s what I did:

  • Customized cottage kit from Home Hardware (1050sqft, 25’x25’ footprint, included drawings and materials for a cottage shell) – $27,000
  • Grading, Septic, Driveway (I had to bring in a lot of fill because of a high water table) – $17,000
  • Full Basement Foundation (8 inch poured concrete) – $10,000
  • Drainage Membrane for Foundation – $500
  • Tree Removal – $2,500
  • Framing Cottage (in a weather tight state, see picture) – $9,000
  • Shingling the Roof – $1,000
  • Temporary Electricity (power from the street to the cottage and a circuit panel installed) – $1,500
  • Building, Plumbing, Entrance Permits – $1,500

Estimates – Items I haven’t completed yet

  • Install Vinyl Siding – $2,000
  • Install Ducting, Propane lines, and Propane Furnace – $5000
  • Interior Materials (Drywall, Flooring, doors, cabinets, sinks, shower, toilet) – $6,000

DIY – Items I plan to do myself

  • Install electrical wiring throughout the cottage – ?
  • Install plumbing – ?

Total Approximate Cost of the project = $83,000+

Hope this helps and good luck!

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2 comments on “Cottage Building Costs‏
  1. Shawn says:

    Can you tell me where you built and who installed your basement? We want to build a 30×30 footprint and have quotes of $25,000 for a poured basement and $35,000 for ICF. This is in Haliburton. Thanks

  2. Ewing says:

    Can you recommend a general contractor in haliburton

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