Is it possible to accurately budget the cost of a house? Probably, but doubtful in our case. Here you'll find our attempt to document the house finances. Finances should probably start with a budget, so ours is $800,000 not including the land & architect. Because we went over on our current house, we're aiming for $700,000 in hopes that we come nowhere close to exceeding our true budget.
Building off of the grid is a bit more expensive than we anticipated. The desire to be isolated, have good views, and have plenty of land are the driving forces, so it is still worth it. It’s just expensive. For about a 2000ft road, we’re getting estimates from large establish companies for around $75,000. That’s for 1750ft of gravel, and 250ft of concrete. Moving the house a bit closer to the main road can shave off $5,000+. Lot placement will be huge in this regard. We’ll also have to balance a road that blends in with the surrounding environment versus just going from point A to point B.