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How Much Does It Cost to Build a Custom Home in Charlotte?

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Building a home from the bottom up is one of the smartest choices you can make if you’re looking for a new home in Charlotte, NC. The custom home construction process puts you in total control of the look and feel of your new home, and can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. The final result is a home that you’ll love to live in every day, and that you’ll always want to share with friends and family. Because you control so much of the style and design, the final cost of a new home in Charlotte really comes down to what you choose to include in it.


Of course, there are base floor plans and included finishes that can serve as a starting point for understanding what your own home will cost. With Copper Builders, you can build on your lot in Charlotte starting at about $600,000 if the land you own is cleared and level.* But that cost is entirely subjective to a number of factors, including the condition of the land, your preferred home style, and finish level. Let’s take a closer look at what goes into the cost of building a custom home:


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Base Floor Plan


It all starts with selecting a base plan. Any of Copper Builders’ new home floor plans in Charlotte can be modified to suit your needs, but it’s important to have a blueprint to start with. Our most common build on your lot plans are:


  • The Berkley, with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, and 2,568 square feet
  • The Parker, with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 3,349 square feet
  • The Addison, with 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, and 3,694 square feet


We’ll now need to add the following costs:


Condition of Land


If we are building a home on your land, we’ll first need to determine the condition of the land and which improvements must be made before we break ground. A home must be built on land that has been cleared, graded, and prepared for construction. If your land needs improvements, there are costs associated with both the physical process of preparing the land, and securing the proper permits and licenses. Land improvements may include:


  • Survey Work
  • Land Clearing, Grading, and Pad Preparation
  • Access Road Construction
  • Onsite Septic Installation
  • Water and Sewage Lines
  • Exterior Concrete
  • Foundation Pouring
  • Lot-Specific Utilities Installation
  • Landscaping
  • Fill Dirt
  • Equipment Rental


Land improvements can range anywhere from $10,000 to $100,000 or higher, depending on the variables.


Permits & Fees


In order to build a new home in any location, specific permits must be obtained from the local municipality for a fee. Examples of permits and fees include:


  • Building Permits for Plumbing, Electrical, and HVAC
  • Septic Permit Fee
  • Well Permit Fee
  • General Liability Land Insurance
  • Public Water/Sewer Municipal Fees
  • Builders Risk Insurance (often included in base price)
  • Water Tap Fee


Building permits and fees in Charlotte typically cost from anywhere from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on the county you build in.


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Finishes & Selections


The home design process is the most fun part of building new! This is when you bring your unique style and personality into your home through the selection of a wide range of finishes, materials, and custom features. Copper Builders is a custom home builder, so you can personalize every detail of your home in our home design studio in Charlotte, including:


  • Cabinetry
  • Countertops
  • Flooring
  • Plumbing Fixtures
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Appliances
  • Shelving
  • Bath Fittings
  • Paint Colors
  • Landscaping
  • Exterior Design Details


At Copper Builders, we offer high-end, included features as part of our all-inclusive pricing. We only quote quality, long-lasting materials — such as hardwood flooring, quartz countertops, modern fireplaces, solid-built cabinetry, and mahogany doors — so there are no hidden costs or unwelcome surprises when you make your design selections.


Charlotte Area Custom Home Builder


Building a custom new home in Charlotte with Copper Builders can range anywhere $600,000 to $2 million. While there is no way to give a “standard” price-per-square-foot, we hope this information helps you understand what goes into pricing any new construction home. 


If you would like a more detailed quote based on your own location needs and finish preferences, we can determine that quickly and easily with a short phone call or in-person meeting. To learn more, please contact Kelsey at 704-389-5237 or schedule an appointment. We can’t wait to get started!



If you’re still early on in your new home journey, and you’re considering whether to buy a homesite in Charlotte or build on a lot you already own, download our Homesite Assessment Checklist below to get started:


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