What does it cost?

February 5, 2018

Those of us who lost our homes to the fire are dealing with our insurance companies and realizing the harsh truth that our policies most likely did not reflect the actual rebuilding costs in today’s environment. We will probably blow through the amount State Farm allowed for our structure, even though they paid us 100% of our coverage in that area.
We are acting as our own general contractor, and hired a project manager to take care of hiring and managing the subs. As such, we don’t have a firm $/sq. ft. budget, but we are expecting about $450/sq. ft.
Before any building is begun, there are a lot of fees to be paid, so I’ve consolidated what we’ve spent so far here:

Permit fees, Santa Rosa Resilient City – $6,836
Architects – working from existing plans, bringing them up to code and adding some minor tweaks and revisions: $12,000
Geotechnical Services – Review of the original geotechnical report for the lot and report on how best to prepare and compact the soils for the new foundation. $2,400
Site Map – Map the site and prepare CAD field and topo drawings – $2,600
Structural engineers – prepare all the calculations for the building loads and foundations needed. $6,600
California Living & Energy – This is part of the new code requirements to bring new structures into “green” compliance. $680
Stockton Environmental – Pre-debris removal asbestos testing – $720
Debris Removal – we opted out of the federal program and hired IMX, Inc., to do the work. Our foundation turned out to be a monster, much bigger and deeper than is usual (before this was discovered, the original estimate was $42,000) – $60,000
Grading and compacting the lot, foundation trenching and back fill – $68,000

6 thoughts on “What does it cost?”

  1. Great information! We are following the same path so far, a step or two behind you, I think. It’s great to see a neighbor going through the same process! We are on Shelter Glen Way, not far from you. 🙂

  2. Thank you very much for sharing your story, this is such a positive outlet for the details of how you are dealing with this tragedy, and I’m sure it will greatly help many people.

    I was wondering if you are happy with State Farm overall? Also what sort of extra coverage did you insist on (per today’s PD article)? Please email me directly if you would prefer.

    We were evacuated but luckily not affected by the fires, but we have heard horror stories about many of the insurers . . . and were considering shopping around ourselves in Bennett Valley for a new insurer, when things calm down.

    Thank you in advance, and best wishes as you rebuild.

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