How Much Does a Concrete House Cost?
$204,000 - $416,000
$204,000 - $416,000
Cost data is based on research by HomeAdvisor.
Updated November 7, 2022Written by HomeAdvisor.
On average, a 2,200-square-foot concrete house costs $340,000, or between $240,000 and $445,000. Because of rising lumber prices, it'll cost about 5% to 10% more to build an insulated concrete form (ICF) concrete home over a traditional wooden house. Additionally, concrete houses offer an energy savings of about 20% to 30% over traditional wood-framed houses.
There are many advantages to building with concrete over wood, including:
Higher sound-dampening than wood
Increased strength and stability in hurricane- and earthquake-prone areas
Multiple design options
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The cost of concrete homes is between $100 and $250 per square foot. With the rise of wood-building material prices, concrete costs about the same as a stick-built home, only about $5 more per square foot.
A concrete house costs $160 per square foot on average to build. Like any home construction project, many components factor into the final price. While concrete homes have some cost variances compared to traditional homes, they're still somewhat similar in price. Talk to a home builder near you to compare prices and get an estimate.
Constructing a concrete house usually costs 5% to 10% more than a wood-framed house. But that gap is closing with rising wood and material prices outpacing the increase in concrete prices. Even at a higher price, concrete has many advantages over wood, including:
Fire-resistant: Concrete and steel don’t burn. You may even save up to 25% on your insurance because of it.
Earthquake-resistant: It’s sturdier than most wood-framed homes but less flexible.
Sound-dampening: It takes outside noises to a minimum compared to wood.
Energy-efficient: You’ll save anywhere from $250–$650 per year on HVAC bills, depending on the insulation level.
While the average 2,200-square-foot concrete home costs between $240,000 and $445,000, prices vary based on the construction type.
|Concrete Home Type||Average Cost Range per Sq. Ft.|
|Concrete block||$180 – $250|
|Poured||$120 – $180|
|Modern||$120 – $250|
|Precast||$120 – $200|
|Insulated concrete form (ICF)||$130 – $200|
A concrete block house ranges from $180 to $250 per square foot. Sometimes referred to as "cinder blocks," this house type involves layering premade blocks and filling in gaps with mortar. Cinder block walls cost more than poured concrete since stacking blocks is more labor-intensive.
A poured concrete house costs around $120 to $180 per square foot. While the average house costs between $165,000 and $485,000, poured concrete costs slightly more than building with traditional wood framing.
Like a traditional concrete home, modern concrete homes typically range from $120 to $250 per square foot. However, you could lower the costs based on the type of design you opt for, specifically when it comes to the roof.
While a concrete tile roof costs between $10 and $20 per square foot, pouring a flat roof starts at $4 to $6 per square foot. Flat poured roofs have grown in popularity as a modern home trend. You may also choose to blend wood and steel for cladding.
Precast or prefab concrete homes cost around $120 to $200 per square foot. Building with precast panels is about 23% less expensive than working with poured concrete. Instead of pouring on-site, panels are constructed ahead of time and shipped to your location. It's often faster and requires less on-site labor.
Cement is only one ingredient in concrete, so you can’t build a house with cement alone since it’s just a binder. But if you’re talking about cement as part of concrete, this costs around $130 to $200 per square foot.
An ICF house costs between $240,000 and $445,000 for 2,200 square feet, or between $130 and $200 per square foot. Unless you're living in a warmer climate, many home builders use ICF for all concrete house building since it’s made from rigid foam insulation, which stays in place after pouring and insulating the walls.
Some people call ICF homes "foam concrete homes" because the forms are made from polystyrene. In its expanded state, polystyrene is like Styrofoam.
ICF construction costs at least $3 more per square foot than traditional wood construction but could cost upwards of $10 per square foot or more. Construction prices vary depending on the following factors:
Location: If there aren’t many ICF contractors near you, it’ll cost more for them to travel to you.
Project complexity: Custom homes and two-story projects may drastically increase the pricing.
Material: Different concrete mixes have different prices. For example, fly ash mixes cost less than cement mixes.
Even if you only want to pour a basement with ICF, it still insulates better and goes up faster than traditional methods. ICF foundation costs around $10 to $30 per square foot. You can expect similar prices for the cost to build a wall. Because the forms stay in place, ICF takes less time to install and, as such, usually costs less than poured concrete.
Concrete house costs include more than just the forms and the concrete. You'll need to decide on HVAC systems, windows, doors, plumbing, electrical, and the pros to design the space of your dreams. Consider the following elements:
Home wiring costs: $20,000–$30,000
Plumbing installation costs: $7,000–$15,000
Window installation costs: $3,000–$10,000
Roof installation costs: $5,500–$12,000 for asphalt shingles
Structural engineer fees: $350–$750
Landscaping costs: $3,000–$10,000
HVAC costs: $5,000–$10,000
Besides the guts of the home, you’ll also need to put on the finishing touches before moving in. You’ll want to include some of the following:
Hardwood flooring costs: $2,500–$10,000
Trim costs: $600–$3,000
Interior painting prices: $1,000–$3,000
Siding costs: $5,000–$15,000
You almost certainly want to hire a pro to build a concrete house, even if you opt for cinder block construction instead of poured or ICF. It's essential to ensure your walls and foundation are as perfectly aligned and structurally sound as possible. Otherwise, the money you save from a DIY project will cost you expensive repairs. A professional installation could mean you won’t have to worry about these expenses.
Spider Tie concrete houses start as low as $50,000 but generally run $110 to $170 per square foot. According to Spider Tie, their system uses plastic ties to hold the forms together, costing one-sixth the cost of a traditional ICF house. Spider Tie houses may be a good budget-friendly option for those seeking the durability and modern look of concrete homes without the high price point.
ICF foundations usually cost around $10 per square foot, whereas a traditional concrete foundation can cost anywhere between $5 and $25 per square foot. But prices depend on the type:
Full basements: $10–$25 per sq. ft.
Concrete slab cost: $5 per sq. ft
Concrete homes present mostly pros and fewer cons. They're quickly gaining popularity due to advanced building techniques, with prices comparable to wood structures and more general contractors near you who know how to build them.
Durable and strong
Slightly more expensive than stick-built homes
Harder to fix or modify
Requires specialized contractors
A concrete house lasts approximately 50 to 100 years. After that, you can extend the life of the home, but it may require significant repairs, particularly if you need to fix damage to the foundation.
A concrete house isn't any harder to maintain than traditional homes. Like any other house, you'll need to maintain the paint, trim, windows, and doors. And unlike wood homes, you'll also need to inspect the concrete every few years for spalling, cracks, and signs of deterioration.