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#1 littlemissmessy

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:17 AM

I'm just wondering what the ball point figure would be to build a house? A 4 bed no frills brick? (not including council fees)

Also has anyone built from a kit home and is this option cheaper or not cheaper if you need a builder to build it?


Is building more expensive on a semi rural block compared to a town block?

#2 bubzillaiscoming

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:23 AM

Too many variables to come up with a figure. The "standard" I have heard is 10,000 per square. Not sure if this helps.

Obviously depends massively on the types of material you use and your fittings etc...

ETA - depends on the slope of your block/access etc all these things impact on cost. I imagine if your block is less than 4m gradient and you could go with a volume builder it would be cheaper.

Edited by bubzillaiscoming, 04 February 2013 - 08:24 AM.


#3 Rainbow*Seeking

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:31 AM

The price you have in your head..... Now double it!!
That will be about the right price. Building isn't cheap. I did it back in 2008. Was meant to be 400,000 including land, fees etc.

Was closer to 550,000 in the end. However the house was beautiful! 4 bedrooms, two living areas, study and on a big block everything I could ever have wanted in a home.

House was put on market week after it was finished sad.gif My ex and I didn't stay together and well it had to go!!


#4 IVF Baby

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:34 AM

Lots!  We are in our place about 10 months now, and found whilst you know the contracted sum for the build, so you know what you are up for, it's also the huge after handover costs that really break the bank.  Concreting, landscaping, connections, clothes line, letterbox.  I mean concreting can set you back $10-$15k and landscaping, well where do you start?

#5 Flaxen

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:39 AM

We are owner building near Bendigo in Victoria.
We are on 5 Acres, in a rural living zone with envionmental overlays.
Council fees are minimal, 500 for planning permit, 1500 for building permit.
Soil test 300, Bal rating 300
24 sq house, exc garage.
Plans were cheap at 3000, inc energy rating, and are usually around 5k
Plumbers quotes were all around 20k which included the septic tank and permits.
Electrial around 10k
One quote for the concrete slab was 35k, but are now having a friend do it mates rates for us. (18-20k)
External walls are a rammed earth, so i wont include that price, but internal walls are steel frame and around 5k.
Roof and colourbond 12k.
Windows 15k

These are the prices we are going off currently. Still need to get price for the Plastering, kitchen, bathrooms, fittings and floor coverings and all the other extras.
We havent gotten further yet as we are only pouring the slab next week.


#6 boatiebabe

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:41 AM

A lot more than you ever think it will. At least twice as much and then a little more on top of that!

Even a house from a stock standard builder (ie project home) that is priced at say $200,000 will end up really costing you closer to $300,000 when you take in site costs etc and then when you factor in driveways, water tanks, basic landscaping, carpets and curtains etc will end up costing $400,000.

Seven years ago when we built our home was costed at $193,000 for the basic model. With a few alterations it got up to $253,000 and then we probably added another $150,000 with decks, pergolas and the other stuff mentioned above - so $400,000.

We are currently considering building a holiday home and were looking at some kit homes, for a basic three bedder it was going to be $250,000 and then there was about $100,000 of additions for putting it on poles and transporting it etc.

We ended up going with a builder for and architect designed four bedroom three bathroom home and the cost is $420,000 and we still will have close to another $100,000 of additions to that. We are wavering as to whether to sign the papers to go ahead and it's ended up a lot more than we thought it would be.

#7 Flaxen

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:47 AM

Just to add Yes, it costs more to build on a rural block, as you need a septic tank instead of sewerage connection, as well as tank water, electricity might cost more to connect depending on where a power pole is, and you might need to build house to a higher bushfire standard.

We were considering kit home, but the quality of finishes were lacking for us and we decided to go it alone (owner builder) My DH is a tradesman who works in construction and has many freinds in the building trade, and I come from a long line of owner builders so i know what we are in for. It is daunting!

All up, we are hoping to get it done under 200k, thats excluding the block price of course.

#8 Queen Yoda

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:55 AM

QUOTE (littlemissmessy @ 04/02/2013, 08:17 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm just wondering what the ball point figure would be to build a house? A 4 bed no frills brick? (not including council fees)

Also has anyone built from a kit home and is this option cheaper or not cheaper if you need a builder to build it?


Is building more expensive on a semi rural block compared to a town block?

cheaper end project home $900-$1200/sqm.  Project home with reasonable finishes $1300-$1800/sqm.  Upscale home with bells and whistles $2000/sqm and up.  None of that include council fees, driveways, landscaping, etc.  Add another 20% for all those costs (30% if you want to be conservative)

If you get a master builder, it costs more.

Sloping block costs more.

Clay soil costs more (for a slab base).  

Rural usually costs more (but often the land price is cheaper).  

2 storey house usually costs more than a single storey.







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