Cost-Effective, Sustainable Home Building in the Sioux City Area

Investing in sustainability can be a surefire way to save money in the long run. We’ve listed some of the most cost-effective elements of green building below, Some of these are more expensive up-front, but they will likely produce substantial savings that easily outweigh this initial expense. New homes that incorporate these and other EnergyStar features consume 20-30% (the equivalent of approximately $500-600 annually in Siouxland) less energy than their counterparts.

1. Insulation with high resistance to heat flow (R-Value) in walls, attics, and basements

For the Siouxland area, the US Department of Energy recommends using R38 to R60 insulation in attics and R13-R21 in wall cavities. Abiding by these suggestions can save you well over 20% on your heating and cooling costs. [Read more…]

Should I build or buy a home?

The answer to this depends entirely on your circumstances and the availability of a home that has what you’re looking for. This being said, there are some characteristics of building and buying a home that remain constant and help determine whether it is best to build or buy a house. In determining when you should buy and when you should build, consider the following characteristics and their implications:

  1. Used houses tend to cost less up front.
  2. Buying a used house and renovating it is usually more expensive than building a new home.
  3. A new home will have entirely new equipment and features, which usually means that they will maintain a higher degree of functionality and a more attractive appearance for a longer period of time. It is also likely to reduce the amount of maintenance that is needed and could lower utility bills.
  4. If you build a new home, you are going to be much more likely to get all of the features you want. [Read more…]

How do I get started with the homebuilding process?


Whether you’re looking to build in Iowa, South Dakota, or Nebraska, Siouxland has plenty of great lots to choose from.

Step 1: Decide the area you want to live in

There are several excellent neighborhoods and developments in the Siouxland area. Some of our favorites are Spanish Bay in Dakota Dunes, Whispering Creek in Sioux City, North Greenview Estates and Willow Run in Le Mars, Wynstone (just west of North Sioux City), and Sergeant Bluff. There are also some great lots available in the rural outskirts of Sioux City, particularly near Hinton for those looking for something near the Northside.

Step 2:  Determine what size and floorplan you want

Try to find a good starting point for the size, style, and layout of the floorplan you’d like. For some, it is helpful to reference home design magazines and websites for assistance. If you plan on building with Brown Wegher, you can check out some of our model floorplans. [Read more…]

How much does it cost to build a home in Siouxland?

The cost of building a home varies substantially. Including the price of the land, it can cost anywhere from $130 to well over $300 per square foot to build a new home. In the Sioux City area, the price typically ranges from $130 to $200 per square foot.

wood floor

A wood floor like this is going to be more expensive than some materials, such as carpet.

This wide fluctuation comes in large part from the wide range in the cost of materials used in today’s homes. Some homeowners invest a significant amount of money into refined or unique flooring, cabinets, countertops, and other products, while others use modest and affordable materials for these features. Someone who imports marble from Italy, for example, is going to spend quite a bit more than someone who utilizes basic countertops. [Read more…]