Putting together a budget to build your home can be tricky. Every family will have their own unique set of desires and requirements that influence the cost. Until your design has been developed and you’ve decided on a route to completion, you can only work with generalities and previous examples.
To illustrate this a little, some people will want a high end, bespoke kitchen, while others will be happy with something more modestly priced based on standard components. Some view a staircase as a functional piece to move from upstairs to downstairs. Whereas others see it as a spectacular statement that sets the tone when visitors arrive.
There are many factors which can affect your building cost estimate and have a significant impact on project cost. Some to consider are:
- Site investigation, demolition, site clearance and new utilities.
- Substructure, foundations, drains, insulation and floor slab.
- Superstructure, external walls, internal walls, roof structure, insulation and air-tightness.
- External finishes, roof tiles, doors and windows, wall cladding and gutters.
- Services and fit-out, plumbing, heating, ventilation, electrics, doors and stairs.
- Decorations, plastering, finishes, flooring, tiling, sanitary and lighting.
- Patios, paths, driveway, planting and landscaping.
- Site management, welfare, health and safety, scaffolding and fencing.
Please be aware that there are situations, not mentioned here, where further costs might arise due to unforeseen conditions on your site. These might include but are not limited to sloping ground, poor ground or structural conditions and contamination, all of which will be taken into account when progressing with the project.