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    Average cost to build a house

    Summary: How much does it cost to build a house and average house construction costs.

    It's not every day that you find yourself considering whether or not you are in a position to build your own dream home! As well as the excitement and thrill of imagining the end result, you will have lots of considerations and decisions to make which will impact on your overall design and more importantly, on your budget. Before you begin anything, the most important task is to ensure you have planned everything, after all as the saying goes, "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". Putting the time and effort into your plans at the outset and ensuring you do your homework will make a significant difference to your overall costs. It will also ensure that you don't end up with any hidden surprises which could make or break your project.

    Average cost


    Average cost



    Detached brick garage (m²) £350 - £750 (m²)
    2013 Get quote
    Self build wood garage (m²) £60 - £80 (m²)
    2013 Get quote

    Factors to consider

    Cost is obviously the most important consideration and literally everything will have an impact here. Often overlooked is the simple question of whether you will be in rented accommodation for the duration of the build, as these costs will need to be factored in and may help to determine a timescale. Time of year is important to consider especially when it comes to masonry work, as this type of work should not be undertaken during the colder winter months. If you are able to carry out some of the work yourself, this will help to reduce your costs. If you feel you would be able to manage the whole project, then you will be looking at a substantial saving. If not, it would be sensible to consider sourcing a reputable house builder in your area.

    First things first – land is needed to build your house on. If you already own your land, then you are already one step closer, however if you intend purchasing a plot you will need to make sure that all necessary checks and searches are done to guarantee that the land you are buying is not tied to anything else. Secure the services of a reputable solicitor who will also be able to give you an estimate of all buying costs.

    Planning permission is mandatory and again, it would be sensible to engage a local architect who is knowledgeable of local regulations regarding design, colour, materials, etc. Finding out that a particular colour or material is not allowed after you have built your property could turn out to be extremely costly, not to mention heart-breaking. Do your homework and you will avoid any such nightmare. Although it may seem distant at this stage, make sure your local council checks the progress and approves work at each stage, as this will ensure you have no problem being granted your final completion certificates.

    Costs can be reduced by having a garage with a flat roof.

    A steep pitched roof allows water (ice, rain or snow) to roll off the roof quicker, however a pitched roof is usually more expensive than a flat roof.

    Costs to consider

    More major considerations will involve deciding on the type of construction you intend to use for your new house. There are several to choose from and cost will likely play an integral part in the decision making process. The most popular construction material is the brick and block type. This type of construction helps keep costs down if you are able to do some of the work yourself. The job can be completed quickly although if the weather turns, you will need to stop work so again, time of year could become a major factor.

    Timber frame construction is also popular and can be supplied by a number of companies in the U.K. This method is also quick to erect on site.

    Other methods include SIPS (Structural Insulated Panel System) which are quick to erect on site, however as they are manufactured off-site, you will need to budget for the hire of a crane, as well as making sure there will be sufficient access.

    Insulated Concrete (hollow polystyrene blocks which are filled with concrete) are popular with self-builders and are also quick to assemble.

    Once the basic construction is up, you will need to consider the cost of hiring specialists such as roofers, electricians, joiners, plumbers and glaziers, depending of course on whether you are able to undertake any of these tasks. Shop around for reputable firms who have good track records and who offer guarantees for their materials and workmanship. Installing fixtures and fittings, such as your bathroom(s) and kitchen may seem easy, however once again you will find massive variation in prices depending on the type of style and finish you choose. Light fittings, plugs and switches can also be surprisingly expensive so don't leave anything to chance – price every item and account for it in your overall budget.

    A final consideration easily overlooked concerns landscaping your outside space and clearing up your site once the work is complete. All that's left now is to move in.

    If you are building a double garage, the width is approximately 5.5m.

    Your first consideration will be whether you require a wooden or brick garage.

    Author: C J Mills Google+

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