What's the Average Cost to Build a House in Florida? (2024)

The Sunshine State offers new transplants plenty of opportunities to build across a smorgasbord of architectural styles and price ranges. With one of the longest coastlines of any state in the U.S. — second only to Alaska — beach lovers can find lots of communities in which to build, from Key West to Pensacola, while others flock to Miami, Orlando or Jacksonville for more urban living. But what’s the cost of building a house in Florida?

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Florida ranks sixth among the cheapest states to build a home, according to reporting by GOBankingRates. Thanks to the state’s low labor costs, building a home can be affordable in many areas, averaging a cost of $125.41 per square foot.

To help you navigate the ins and outs of building in Florida, we spoke with experienced agent Myles Reeves, part of Tim Ekelund’s team in Pensacola, Florida, who specializes in beachfront, condominium and investment properties.

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Average cost to build a house in Florida by city

Building a home in Jacksonville is the least expensive option, with an average cost of $114.28 per square foot, while building a home in Miami is the most expensive option, at an average cost of $138.34 per square foot. Here’s a look at cities in Florida and the average cost per square foot to build a home, complete with estimates from ProMatcher:

City Cost per square foot
Jacksonville $114.28
Miami $138.34
Orlando $120.93
Panama City $122.28
Tampa $112.81

Breakdown of costs to build a house in Florida

No matter which state you’re in, the steps involved in building a house will vary depending on whether you’re buying a tract home — which is when a builder has bought a large tract of land to divide into lots and build out several homes — or if you’re building a custom home.

Keep in mind that the price ranges we’re providing are general estimates. Your agent and, eventually, your builder can give you more specific pricing information.

Here’s a look at the average costs of each phase of building (we’ll dive into the details later):

Building Phase Average cost (2023)
Foundation $4,028 – $14,454
Framing $14,000 – $32,000
Roof $5,847 – $12,896
Siding $5,554 – $17,537
Appliances $10,875
HVAC system $8,000
Plumbing system $2,280 – $5,120
Electrical system $7,191 – $13,384
Building permits $460 – $2,773
Finishes and fixtures $42,000 – $175,000

Buying a plot of land ($60,649 per acre)

Currently, there are over 30,000 land listings in Florida, at an average price per acre of $60,649. Of course, the cost of land is going to be quite different from community to community. In Volusia County, for example, a 1.7-acre plot is listed for $70,000, while a 0.32-acre tract in North Fort Myers is listed for $24,900. Meanwhile, the owner of a 4.16-acre piece of land in Nassau County is asking $140,000.

Reeves says many, if not most, of his clients who are looking to build in Florida are new to his area. He recommends that clients spend some time in the area where they want to live and visit multiple cities, towns, and neighborhoods before deciding where they want to buy.

“Each of our cities and towns has a unique and distinct vibe,” he notes. “I recommend that you immerse yourself in the area to get a feel for what is going on. In most of these cities, land is readily available. We are not hurting for land listings in Florida. Buyers should take their time to get the land that is best suited to their needs and lifestyle.”

Foundation ($4,028 – $14,454)

Foundation costs will vary depending on whether you’re pouring a slab or digging a basem*nt, but a typical price range is between $4,028 and $14,454.

In Florida, you will find very few homes with basem*nts as most areas cannot accommodate them. This is due to Florida’s aquifer system, which can be as little as 6 inches from the surface. In addition, digging deep into the aquifer system can trigger a sinkhole, so most builders won’t even consider it.

Most inland homes are built on slabs. But if you are buying waterfront property, your house will likely be built on stilts.

“Should you buy a waterfront home or anywhere there are flood concerns, your house is going to be built on stilts,” Reeves says, noting that people coming from the Midwest or Northeast regions are always a little surprised by that construction feature, but it is standard along the coast to ensure homes can weather storm surges.

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Framing ($14,000 – $32,000)

Framing is when the sticks go up and a structure actually starts to take shape. Expect to pay between $14,000 and $32,000 for this phase of building a house in Florida. Framing costs tend to vary due to both the size of the home and the complexity of its design — a one-story home with 2,000 square feet of living space will generally be less expensive to frame than a two-story home with the same square footage.

The threat of strong tropical storms and hurricanes in Florida adds to the cost of building a home due to the required safety features.

“Homes in Florida need to be wind-rated for 150 miles per hour,” Reeves explains. “On the builder side, that adds to the cost. But after you’ve been through a couple of hurricanes, you think whatever they do to keep me safer, I am for it!”

Reeves says windows and doors have to be wind-rated as well, and homes are often outfitted with further hurricane protections, such as shutters that go over the windows. The good news, according to Reeves, is that your insurance company will take into account any wind mitigation protections built into the home and your insurance costs should reflect that.

Roof ($5,847 – $12,896)

Roofing doesn’t come cheap — whether you’re putting one on a new house or replacing the roof on an existing home. The costs of a new roof typically range from $5,847 to $12,896.

While the most common and affordable style of roofing in Florida is asphalt shingles, metal roofs are more practical for the Florida climate. Not only are metal roofs more able to endure hurricane winds, but they are also better at reflecting heat away from the home, providing valuable insulation against the intense Florida sunlight.

Concrete or clay tile roofs are a solid option, and much like metal roofing, they’re highly wind resistant. Although expensive, the longevity of a tile roof makes it worth the investment. On the downside, tiles are subject to cracking or breaking, but they are easy to replace.

When deciding what style of roof you prefer, you must consider the cost of the various types of roofing materials. Here are some general estimates measured per square, which covers about 100 square feet:

  • Asphalt shingles: $50 to $70 per square
  • Steel and aluminum: $100 to $300 per square
  • Concrete tiles: $150 to $250 per square (standard weight); $350 to $500 (lightweight)
  • Clay tile: $200 to $600 per square

Siding ($5,554 – $17,537)

Siding is another big variable: Are we talking vinyl, wood, brick, concrete, stone, stucco or something else entirely? Siding costs range between $5,554 and $17,537, with vinyl or engineered wood siding typically costing between $1 and $12 per square foot.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, stucco and vinyl were the most common siding materials used on new single-family homes built in 2022. Fiber cement siding such as Hardiplank or Hardiboard and brick or brick veneer were not far behind, at 21% and 18%, respectively.

Wood siding was used on only 5% of new homes nationwide. Once the most common siding material found in the U.S., wood is not a good choice for the subtropical Florida climate as it consistently underperforms in light of threats from humidity, rainfall, heat and sun exposure, and hurricanes.

Vinyl is likely the most common siding choice due to its affordability, ease of installation and variety of colors. It’s also waterproof, fireproof, termite-proof and resistant to denting, making it a dependable choice for Florida homeowners.

One of the most expensive options, but arguably the most durable, is fiber cement board. It stands up well against rain and wind and is fairly easy to repair, but very expensive to install — nearly twice the cost of vinyl.

Here is a rough comparison of various siding materials, but remember that installation costs must be taken into consideration as well:

Material Cost per square foot
Brick $8 – $21
Fiber Cement $5 – $10
Aluminum $5 – $9
Stone $22 – $45
Vinyl $5 – $11
Wood $5 – $15

Appliances ($10,875)

You guessed it — appliance pricing also varies widely. Depending on the brand, functionality, finish, and so on, you’ll spend an average of $10,875 on appliances for a new construction home, but you can definitely drop up to $24,400 or more on a high-end appliance package.

HVAC system ($8,000)

The installation of a new heating and cooling system could cost between $1,900 and $34,000 depending on the size of your home, although $8,000 is the average. For a 2,000-square-foot home, you can expect to pay between $6,000 and $12,000, including installation.

Plumbing system ($2,280 – $5,120)

Plumbing can cost anywhere from $2,280 to $5,120 on average — not including fixtures like sinks and toilets.

Electrical system ($7,191 – $13,384)

The cost to wire an entire new construction home is, on average, between $7,191 and $13,384, including material and labor costs.

Building permits (variable)

Permits vary by state, city and county, but they typically range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.

“The permitting process is pretty straightforward in Florida,” Reeves advises. “You apply through the city where the land is located. Zoning is more of a concern. Make sure the land you are buying is zoned correctly and has proper runoff because as flat as we are, drainage is paramount.”

Building permit fees are determined by the municipality and vary greatly across the state of Florida. Often, the fees are calculated based on the square footage, so the larger the project, the more expensive the building permit will be. It’s advisable to research these numbers before you kickstart your project.

Finishes and fixtures (variable)

Finishes and fixtures comprise everything from countertops to sinks and lighting to flooring. Needless to say, pricing varies widely and depends heavily on your design preferences.

Average carpet installation costs can start at several hundred dollars and go up to $2,810, while hardwood flooring installation starts at around $2,478 and tops out at $7,027.

Laminate countertops tend to range from $840 to $1,732, while a natural stone like granite ranges from $2,250 to $4,500.

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Building a custom home vs. a home in a development

As a general rule, building a custom home that is tailored to your every need will be more expensive than buying a tract home from a builder. On average, building a tract home in Florida will cost $125.41 per square foot, while going the custom route could add 20% to 50% to that estimate, significantly increasing the overall cost.

“For clients who have a very specific vision, building a custom home can be the most logical option,” Reeves says. “If you are a little more cost-conscious, it probably makes more sense to purchase a home in an established neighborhood that is being developed by a builder.”

Building a custom home will also require you to assemble a team of experts to design and build the home from start to finish. Here are the team members you will need and a breakdown of what they might cost you:

Architect (10.46% of the final build cost)

Hiring an architect will be integral to making your vision come to life when building your custom dream home. Before you begin your search for the right architect, get clear about what you are looking for. Be sure to do your research and ask your network for recommendations for architects in your area with experience designing the kind of home you are looking to build.

The cost of hiring an architect could make up anywhere between 5% and 20% of the final cost of the build. For a 2,000-square-foot home in Florida, with a final build cost of $372,000, that would amount to $18,600 to $74,500.

In Florida, the average architect charges approximately 10.46% of the total construction cost. Some architects will opt to charge by the hour or per square foot of the build for their services, but this is less common.

General contractor (10% – 20% of the final build cost)

A general contractor will oversee the entire process of building your custom home and can be a substantial part of the cost to build a house in Florida. They will also be responsible for hiring and paying subcontractors, vendors, and construction workers. General contractors typically abide by a cost-plus fixed fee contract, which accounts for the cost of the labor and materials plus a negotiated fee for the general contractor. The general contractor’s fee usually makes up 10% to 20% of the final cost of the build.

Additional costs of building a home in Florida

As previously mentioned, building a custom home often comes with additional costs. Your agent can help you determine more accurate costs — these are average figures provided to give you an idea.

Land survey ($375 – $745)

Land surveys, which identify your property lines and land features, cost roughly $376 to $745.

Excavation and grading ($3,200 and up)

If you’re opting for a tract home, the land price will be rolled into the overall cost of building a home. If you’re buying a lot on your own and then building a custom home, you must consider the cost of excavation and grading, which will vary depending on the size of your build and the amenities you want to add to your property.

General excavation may cost around $3,200 but you may also want to consider typical costs for excavation and grading for various aspects of your build:

  • Basem*nts (rare in Florida): $1,500 for smaller homes; up to $10,000 for larger homes
  • Patios and Driveways: $1,000 to $2,500
  • In-Ground Swimming Pool: $400 to $1,500
  • Land Clearing: $40 to $100 per cubic foot
  • Plumbing: Trenching for utilities $6,000 to $10,000
If you are purchasing in a development farther away from the city, you will likely find more ranch-style homes. If you choose a builder who is developing in a city, you will most likely see more two-story houses because it is more efficient to get the square footage in a smaller footprint.
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Common styles of homes in Florida

When it comes to choosing a style of home in Florida, you are only limited by your imagination. But to some extent, your choice may depend on your location, as each area of Florida has its own cultural influences, limitations and environmental issues.

Cultural influences range widely in Florida, and the architecture reflects an eclectic mix of European, South American and Caribbean influences. Styles range across the board including Mediterranean, Spanish, Art Deco, Craftsman, Coastal, Ranch, Traditional, Contemporary and Victorian.

“If you are purchasing in a development farther away from the city, you will likely find more ranch-style homes,” Reeves says. “If you choose a builder who is developing in a city, you will most likely see more two-story houses because it is more efficient to get the square footage in a smaller footprint.”

Reeves notes the most common floorplan consists of three bedrooms and two bathrooms and “will almost always include a porch or a Florida room in the back.”

Many of the preferred architectural styles, though different on the outside, share some common features due to the climate. Think open floor plans, large windows, high ceilings, and ample outdoor features like porches, decks and Florida rooms. This is especially true of Coastal, Traditional and Contemporary styles.

Art Deco shares some of these features and is one of the most iconic architectural styles found in Florida, primarily in Miami Beach. Its sleek, geometric lines, metal roofs and distinctive colors seem perfectly conceived for oceanfront living.

More affordable options for building a home in Florida

While going with a bare-bones building strategy can get you into a new construction home for less, cheaper isn’t always better. Shoddy build quality will inevitably lead to problems down the road — anything from a leaky roof to poor sound insulation can be a frustrating discovery when you’ve only been in your new home for a few months — and there’s value in creating a home you genuinely want, not just one you’re settling for.

Alternative home-building options can give you more for your money and offer valuable flexibility during the construction process.

Tiny homes ($30,000 – $60,000)

A tiny house is usually 600 square feet or less in size. They’re not ideal for large families but building a tiny house can be faster and more affordable than a conventional home if a smaller space fits with your lifestyle. On average, tiny homes cost between $30,000 and $60,000 to build.

Tiny homes are growing in popularity in Florida, as they present an affordable option for retirees migrating to a warmer climate or first-time homebuyers looking to get a foot on the property ladder.

Tiny home communities are popping up all over the state — take Peacewind Cottages in Cocoa and Gracious Tiny House Park in Okeechobee for example.

The added amenities are perhaps the biggest draws of these tiny communities and the costs are shared by the homeowners. Expect community gardens, dog parks, or fitness areas like the one you’ll find at Lakeshore in Oxford, Florida.

If you want to build a tiny home on your own instead of purchasing one from a developer, be sure to do your research as each county has its own specific rules and regulations regarding size and construction.

Reeves says there is a lot of excitement and interest around tiny houses in his area but they typically are not being built as primary residences. “A lot of people are using them as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), to rent out as an Airbnb, or as a secondary residence for family members,” he says.

Modular and prefabricated homes ($150,000)

Modular and prefabricated homes are generally less expensive because they are constructed in a factory setting where tasks are managed more efficiently. This means less material waste, a shorter build time, and better quality control.

According to ModularHomes.com, the average price for a 1,800-square-foot modular home is currently $150,000, well below the average cost to build a single-family home in Florida.

While the price of a modular home in Florida is less expensive than a tract home or custom build, the price will inevitably vary depending on the style and square footage.

As modular construction has evolved, the variety of housing types and styles has grown too. In a state like Florida, which is subject to unpredictable and extreme weather, modular construction can be a much more efficient way to build. This is true of manufactured housing as well, which is estimated to make up nearly 11% of the total housing stock in the state.

Reeves acknowledges that most established neighborhoods do not allow manufactured houses. For those interested in building their own manufactured home, he recommends looking in more rural areas for plots of land that are zoned for such purposes.

Is it cheaper to buy or build a home in Florida?

In Florida, the average cost of building a home was $374,753 in 2023. Meanwhile, the cost of the median single-family home amounted to $451,235. That means building a new home is typically $76,482 cheaper than buying an existing home.

While building a home will almost always come with a higher price tag upfront, there are some long-term savings that new construction homeowners enjoy:

  • Energy efficiency: Newly constructed homes are generally more energy efficient than older homes. This is partially due to stricter energy regulations, insulated window glazing, and improved insulation in newly built homes. Other features like tankless water heaters, solar panels, and smart home devices can help you save on utility bills.
  • New home warranties: New construction homes are often covered under builder warranties for a specified period of time. When purchasing an older home, most of the key systems, such as the HVAC, roof and plumbing, will be older and no longer covered under any kind of warranty.
  • Fewer maintenance costs in the first few years: With a newer home, you can count on your HVAC, plumbing, electrical system, and more to be functioning properly with little required maintenance in your first few years of homeownership. Older homes will likely have older roofs and older systems, requiring you to pay for replacement much sooner.
  • New homes might be cheaper to insure: Many homeowners insurance providers offer discounts for new construction homes due to the lessened risk of damages common in aging homes.
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Get started on building your dream home

There is a lot to think about before buying land to build a house in Florida, but the key is to do your homework and understand how your choices — from where you build to what materials you use — will ultimately determine the cost of your home.

An experienced real estate agent can be your greatest asset in identifying a property that meets your needs and finding a builder who can craft a home that fits your specific requirements and budget.

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What's the Average Cost to Build a House in Florida? ›

The cost to build a house in Florida is $270,000 to $560,000 on average, not including the cost for the land and site prep. New home construction costs in Florida range from $150 to $280+ per square foot, depending on the location, house size and style, and your design and material choices.

How much does it cost to build a 2000 sq ft house in Florida? ›

How much does it cost to build a 2,000 square foot home in Florida? It costs $120,000 to $300,000 to build a 2,000-square-foot home in Florida. These costs will vary depending on location, property type, labor expenses, material costs, etc.

Is it cheaper to build or buy a house in Florida? ›

Average Cost to Buy a House in Florida

Overall, the average cost of homes for sale in Florida is $406,988, with an average price per square foot of around $207. Therefore, it's currently more expensive on average to buy an existing home in Florida than it is to build a house.

How much does a 3 bedroom house cost to build in Florida? ›

Average Cost to Build a House in Florida by Number of Bedrooms
Number of BedroomsCost to Build (Modular)Cost to Build (Stick-Built)
1 Bedroom$48K - $150K$88K - $202K
2 Bedrooms$60K - $200K$110K - $270K
3 Bedrooms$120K - $270,K$220K - $364K
4 Bedrooms$150K - $400K$275K - $540K

Is $200 000 enough to build a house? ›

Once you have decided on the location you want to build your home, the next thing to do is to get the house plan. Given that you have a budget of $200k, you won't be looking for a luxurious house as such. Hence, a 2 bedroom house or a farmhouse is perfect for this budget.

What is most expensive part of building a house? ›

The Foundation

Building a foundation is often among the most costly items on this list. Home foundations are built underground and support the structure's weight. A strong foundation must: Assist in support of the above structure.

How much house can I build for 250k? ›

Home Size and Plumbing

To keep the cost at or under $250,000, you're looking at about 2,000 square feet. For the installation of pipelines around your new house, you can expect to pay $12,000 or more.

How long does it take to build a house in Florida? ›

Projected Build Time

Once the permit is ready and your home is released for construction, on average it may take 3.5 to 5 months to build your new home, although the process and timeframe to build a single-family home in Tampa Bay are not the same as building a multi-gen home in Ocala.

Is it smart to buy a home in Florida? ›

Florida Has a Great Economy

With better-than-average growth in private sector jobs and low taxes, it's an attractive place. Josh Steppling, a real estate agent, thinks it is a great place for long-term investors. “The Florida economy is thriving,” Steppling said.

Will Florida homes go down in price? ›

It's difficult to predict whether home prices in Florida will go down. Various factors come into play and the outcome remains uncertain. However, based on the current market momentum, it appears that the price growth may slow down, with potential decreases in some areas.

How much does it cost to build a house in Florida in 2024? ›

The cost to build a house in Florida is $270,000 to $560,000 on average, not including the cost for the land and site prep. New home construction costs in Florida range from $150 to $280+ per square foot, depending on the location, house size and style, and your design and material choices.

How much money do you need to build a house in Florida? ›

The average cost to build a house in Florida in 2021 ranged from $240,000 to $350,000, according to HomeAdvisor.

How big of a house can I build for 300K? ›

Square footage impacts cost
Size of homeExpected cost
1,500 square foot home$150,000 – $300,000
2,000 square foot home$200,000 – $400,00
2,500 square foot home$250,000 – $500,000
3,000 square foot home$300,000 – $600,000
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Is $50,000 enough to build a house? ›

Depending on square footage, design and what you want in it and rooms.... It can be done. If you know construction or have skill sets that would help in construction? This would go a long way in your $50,000 budget.

Is $100000 enough to build a house? ›

You may be able to afford to build a home for $100,000 if your house is 1,000 square feet or smaller. You should be able to fit two bedrooms and one bathroom in a 1,000-square-foot home. Can you build a house for $200,000?

Is it cheaper to build up or out in Florida? ›

Building up is often the more cost-effective option because you are adding square footage without having to acquire additional land. Building out requires more land, which increases acquisition costs.

Is it cheaper to build a home or buy a home? ›

In general, you'll likely find it cheaper to buy an existing home, but market conditions always affect home prices. A home loan is less risky than a land loan and typically comes with a lower minimum down payment and a better interest rate.

What is the average cost per square foot of a home in Florida? ›

The median sale price of a home in Florida was $368K last. The median sale price per square foot in Florida is $230, up 9.8% since last year.…

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