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scout77
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October 4, 2020 4:50 pm  

You guys have been so helpful about the car question, so I wanted to see if anyone has built recently on STT and knows what current concrete prices are?

We have our eye on some land on the Northside and I have some plans for a 1400 sq ft 3/2 cottage 1 story with cistern below.

Provided the excavation isn't insane, what do you guys think the concrete would cost on this these days? Trying to see what it would take to get into something livable in a year-ish. 


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October 5, 2020 3:41 am  

It’s been awhile since our company has gotten concrete from St Thomas, but call Heavy Materials and ask them the current rate.  Don’t forget to tell them where you need it delivered to because there are zone charges.  Here is there number 340-775-0100  Depending on the roads you may need to take into consideration that they can’t carry a full 10 yards per truck as well.  


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October 5, 2020 8:04 am  

If it were me, I'd call the concrete company and ask them.


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Alana33
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October 5, 2020 8:28 am  

There are a few contractors that i know on STT that have scaled back or completely stopped building due to concerns over covid so that's something to be aware of.

Day labor costs have increased.

Cal the cement plant but be aware prices and availability can and do change. 


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scout77
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October 5, 2020 8:46 am  

Thanks, I will give them a call. I am happy to hear how seriously people are taking covid. Here in Tennessee it's business as usual and it makes me crazy. 


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October 5, 2020 10:00 am  

Concrete is only a small portion of the materials that will be required to build a house on an unprepared lot. You'll pay what you'll pay when the time comes to pour. 

From my recent experience rebuilding my house on STX, I think a new build from lot prep, permitting through getting your certificate of occupancy will take AT LEAST two years in the best of times with everything going as planned every step of the way.

It also may be a lot more expensive than you may think it will be. I would say at least $400-600/square foot plus lot/lot prep/landscaping/hard scaping. 

 


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scout77
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October 5, 2020 10:31 am  

@gators_mom Ugh, yeah no easy way to do it. My dad is a retired builder on STT so he isn't up on current prices but does know crews and has friends at codes and things like that so hoping that might help a tiny bit. The plan is to build VI style - in cash as we go. 


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Stxdreaming1
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October 5, 2020 11:53 am  

@scout77

Is prefab a consideration? Using steel frame or containers? There was a company on Puerto Rico who had prefabs (using concerate), and were going to start building on STX, not sure if it happened or if they would work on STT but it might be an option?

PS - there was a company doing prefab on STX about 2/3 years ago. I can't remember the location but they were selling 6 homes...it was listed on Zillow..I'll see if I can dig it out.

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scout77
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October 5, 2020 11:55 am  
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@scout77

Is prefab a consideration? Using steel frame or containers? There was a company on Puerto Rico who had prefabs (using concerate), and were going to start building on STX, not sure if it happened or if they would work on STT but it might be an option?

Yes, definitely! I love that idea. I was talking with an architect on STJ about a Scandinavian company but they haven't built any in the VI yet. I will look into Puerto Rico companies and see if I can find anything, thanks!


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Stxdreaming1
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October 5, 2020 12:00 pm  

@scout77

Here is the company from Puerto Rico ----->

https://www.micasabellapr.com/

No idea if they actually did start building on Puerto Rico. Might be worth a call.

Another company based out of NY who have a huge warehouse in Puerto Rico is SG Blocks. No idea if they have plans to build in the VI ---->

https://www.sg-residential.com/

What's the name of the Scandinavian company?

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scout77
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October 5, 2020 12:07 pm  

@stxdreaming1 Thanks! 

This is what I was looking at - I know they are wooden but supposedly Hurricane and terminate proof. It's SUPER cute but would prob be better in concrete. 

http://eccobauer.com/en/hurricane-proof-log-house  


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October 5, 2020 12:27 pm  
Posted by: @stxdreaming1

@scout77

Is prefab a consideration? Using steel frame or containers? There was a company on Puerto Rico who had prefabs (using concerate), and were going to start building on STX, not sure if it happened or if they would work on STT but it might be an option?

PS - there was a company doing prefab on STX about 2/3 years ago. I can't remember the location but they were selling 6 homes...it was listed on Zillow..I'll see if I can dig it out.

Here's the website for the STX project mentioned above. 

https://www.jbdevelopmentsllc.com/


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