What does it involved in working out the cost of building a new house from scratch and what are the possible ways in which a potential budget blow out could occur? What are the possible hidden costs and add-ons that it’s hard to predict when you start on a house building project? Many of these questions can be answered by having a consultation with a good architect like architects London that is able to give you an idea of what you are likely to be able to achieve within the budget that you have available.
In the earliest stages you can do some browsing online. There are always plenty of sites that provide information about house building estimates and real life examples from people who have been right through the process from start to finish. It’s not always easy, however, to find information about exactly what you want to build, in the location you want to build in but your initial research will give you a sort of guesstimate. In addition there are probably a lot of tips and bits of advice about problems that people have had when building which you can learn to avoid yourself.
The next step is to take your ideas to the architect and get some plans made up. Then take these to a builder and get a first quotation. It’s always best to approach a company that has had a lot of experience with the type of house that you want built as their experience will mean they are able to give you a much more realistic quote as well as be able to tell you what sort of factors might be likely to be hidden costs during the construction phase. One of the main initial considerations when it comes to house building costs is the floor area and the number of floors and rooms to be built.
Single story houses are generally more expensive to build per square unit of area than multi story houses as a lot of the cost is because of the foundations and supporting walls. Similarly, the larger the house is, the less the average building costs. Larger homes basically have all the same internal fixtures as a smaller house, but they are spread out over a wider area. Multi story houses and large houses will still obviously cost more than single story ad smaller houses, though!
The shape of the house you want to build is important – the rule of thumb here is that if it is easier to build, then the house will be cheaper. Square shaped houses with minimum number of curves and angles are easier to construct, so are cheaper.
Apart from house design and materials the other major consideration is the land on which the house is going to be built. Flat land is easier to build on compared to sloping or hilly land. If the ground needs clearing of trees and bushes or there are a lot of difficult to remove rocky patches, then this will also put the costs up. All these factors should be easy to spot from the outset and included in the quotation for the overall building costs.