Nov 30, 2005 8:40 am
I'm in the process of obtaining quotes for a new home in NSW. I was wondering what the average cost per sqaure metre is (this house is approx 225sq m with garage). I've heard anywhere between $750 - $1000. Can anyone shed some light on the 'average' as it will help in assessing some of the quotes I'm receiving.
Re: Average construction cost3
Jan 06, 2006 1:00 pm
Its really like asking how long is a piece of string..
my architect quoted me approx $1200/m on better than average fittings
For a 2 storey house, 5 bedroom with double garage, his estimate was approx 650k
perhaps if i use the best of the best tradesmen...a friend of mine recently built a duplex on his property...450k for both and when i checked it out it was not too shabby at all
i estimate i can pull off my project for 450-500k incl pool and landscaping...you can save a lot by going owner builder and really shopping around for what you want at a reasonable price
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home4
May 13, 2006 1:53 pm
I have purchased 2 1/2 acres in the northern rivers area of nsw. Town water but no sewerage.
I have a projected pre building cost of around $20,000 (envirocyle/power/waterline/phone to building site) Land has easy access and a gentle slope.The driveway will be gradually made by all who visit
I would like to know approx. cost per 2m for a basic timber or steel framed (whatever is cheapest) 2 bedroom cottage around 120m2 including 30m2 of deck/verandah on bearers and joists with tongue and groove floor boards. No kitchen to speak of - bare essentials (large pantry and one bench with sink) and a cheap as chips bathroom (shower over bath)
Corrugated iron roof with a decent pitch (greater than 22 degrees) or maybe a skillion?
Nine foot (2.7m) ceilings or raked - again whatever is cheapest, but I just have to have more than 8'. I will chase up anything I can use from demolishers if necessary - windows, doors fittings etc. I will draw up my own plans and am very handy with timber and a good improvisor thank goodness for small mercies
BUT I'll be buggered if I can nail down someone to give me an approx. estimate as to the cost of building a simple and basic cottage such as this! Hence my joining this site.
Even a price to lock up would be very helpful. If I can manage to get the "shell" up, then I can organize the rest from there.
If this proves to be out of my range, I have also been looking at moving an old house onto the property and as a last resort - a "shed"
For anyone who has binheredunthis, or is a builder, I would greatly appreciate some info re the cost of building this humble abode.
Re: Average construction cost5
May 14, 2006 11:58 am
good call Johnny. Some people's piece of string is a lot longer than others.
a client of mine is building a 170sq home at a cost of $6.5m
my 3 bedroom plus study single story brick home will likely end up costing $1,500 per square metre....................and then the fun starts with the landscaping
Re: Average construction cost6
May 17, 2006 10:12 pm
Yep it seems to be a very big ball park, we're at the same stage and in queensland (slightly rural) I'm quoted $1100/m single story and $1400/m double story. Problem seems to me that all the builders have their own list of "standard" inclusions, trust me there is definately no standard when you compare them all.
So additionally we need to consider the other NON-standard essential such as treated timer instead of plain, envirocycle, higher ceilings, in some cases even floor coverings were'nt a standard inclusion!!
To further frustrate me I found a company that has many offices around aus and their web site gives very large differences in price for the same building in different places. A $300000 house in Bris costs a whopping 30,000 extra to have in Mackay.
I'm sure this helps to further confuse!
Re: Average construction cost7
Jun 12, 2006 11:40 pm
You will see that this method of comparison is flawed if you do the maths. 225 x $750 = $168,750. 225 x $1000 = $225,000. (a difference of $56,250). That would immediately tell you that average building costs can be very misleading and don't even represent a good guide when comparing quotes. $750 / m2 will get you a good but basic home. $1000 / m2 will get you a much better home ($56,250 worth in fact).
It all depends one what you call "average"
Re: Average construction cost8
Jun 21, 2006 9:25 am
Agreed Tub67, per m2 pricing is totally flawed unless you are building cookie cutter display homes on flat blocks with all the services. The only way that anyone can use m2 price is at the initial planning and design stage so that they can get a feel for what they can afford and design accordingly.
Building designers (and architects) offices are littered with plans for homes that never proceeded because they drew a 250m2 luxury home when in reality the home owners could only afford to pay for a 200m2 basic home. If they did the simple mathematics at the start then they could have all saved a lot of money.
Individually designed architect homes probably start at $1800.00 per m2 and up. There is therefore a huge range in between the $1000.00 decent house.
Also, if you want cheap then consider this geometrical law: it is cheaper to build a square house (or room) than a rectangle. That is, a 100m2 square home has four external walls 10m long - total 40 lineal metres of wall. A 100m2 rectangle home would have 2 walls at 16.67m and two walls at 6m = total 45.34 lineal metres of wall. Therefore 13% more material AND labour.
What I'm getting at here is that it is not ALL about the m2, but how those m2 are configured as well.