Constructing a 5 marla house requires smart planning. You need to hire a reliable team of labourers, choose the right construction materials, work on the design of the house and plan your finances accordingly. For your convenience, we have brought a complete breakdown of the construction cost of 5 marla house. So, without further ado, let us take a look at the thorough analysis of the budget for a 5 marla house.
Construction cost of 5 marla house
If you’re wondering how much money goes into the construction of 5 marla house in 2019, then continue to read this piece.
The covered area for a double-storey 5 marla house is 2000 sq ft. The costing provided below is of a house with a covered area of 2000 sq ft. It has 4 bathrooms, 2 kitchens, a terrace on the first floor and a storeroom on the second floor. Tiles are used as the flooring of the house and marble is used on the stairs and on kitchen shelves only. Let us divide house construction cost of a 5 marla into two parts:
- Building the grey structure
- Finishing of the house
To build the foundations of the house, you need to first construct the grey structure.
5 Marla Grey Structure Construction Cost
To build the grey structure of a 5 marla house, major construction materials needed are bricks, cement, kassu, rebar, sand, bajri, safety grills. Plumbing, electrical wiring, and the construction of the main gate is also part of the grey structure. In the infographic above, we have provided a complete breakdown of the costs involved in building the grey structure of 5 marla house. Please note the sub-totals for different categories have been highlighted. You can find the details of these figures under different headings below.
Labour cost is of the utmost importance when building a house so we will discuss it first.
Labourers who work under contractors usually stay with a project from beginning to end. Clients, therefore, don’t have to worry about workers leaving suddenly. Direct dealings with the contractor suits both parties and this partnership is most likely to work for the kind of construction quality you are looking to see in the house.
Labour cost is highly dependent on the time duration required for construction. While it suits the labourers to prolong the work in the hope of continuing to make more money, the builder has a deadline to meet. This deadline commitment allows the builder or contractor to make sure that work is completed on time and according to the standards they promised.
5 marla house construction cost in 2019 varies between major cities of Pakistan. For a double-unit 5 marla house, the labour cost is around PKR 320 per sq ft. making the total labour cost to be PKR 680,000. This is the general labour cost and does not include labour when pasting tiles, in woodwork or when placing the windows.
Cost of Labour = 320 x 2,000 = PKR 680, 000
Bricks, Sand, Crush and Rori
A 5 marla house will require approximately 50,000 bricks. It is recommended to pick Awwal category of bricks at the rate of PKR 10.5 which means that the total cost of bricks would be PKR 5,25,000.
Sand is also an important component when building a 5 marla house. The sand is either extracted from river beds or from the coastal beaches. Usually, the sand from river beds has a grey colour. Ravi sand and Chenab sand are more commonly used in concrete mixtures. Around 3,150 cubic feet of Ravi sand is used at the rate of PKR 18 per cubic feet. This means in total, PKR 56,700 cubic feet of Ravi sand is used.
The sand from River Chenab is of superior quality and it has higher rates. Approximately, 700 cubic feet of Chenab sand is used at the rate of PKR 35 per cubic feet, which means a total of PKR 24,500 is needed in building the base structure of the house.
Crush or gravel is used to make the base structure of floors and roof in the house. Builders and contractors want to use Margalla crush, but Sargodha crush can also be used. The required quantity of Margalla lenter is approximately 900 cubic feet and is mostly used in constructing the roof of the house. The rate is PKR 80 per cubic feet which means around PKR 72,000 would be required. Sargodha crush is used to construct the floor of the house. Around 600 cubic feet Sargodha crush is used to construct a 5 marla house at the rate of PKR 58 per cubic feet, making the total cost of Sargodha crush to be PKR 34,800. Rori costs around PKR 25,000.
Cost for Bricks, Sand, Crush and Rori = PKR 738,000
Cement, Kassu and Reber
Cement is one of the main components in building a grey structure of the house
Kassu is mostly used to fill empty plots and it is a mixture of mitti and sand. Around PKR 50,000 are required for Kassu. Cement is used in the plastering and many other things during construction. For a 5 marla house, approximately 525 cement bags are required at the rate of PKR 570 per bag.
The total cost of cement used in the grey house structure of a 5 marla house would be PKR 299,250. Rebar is also used which is basically Sarya of 60 grade. Around 3 tons of Sarya would be used to construct a 5 marla house. The rate per ton of Sarya is PKR 115,000 and the total cost of Sarya used would be PKR 287,500.
Cost of Cement, Kassu and Reber = PKR 636,750
Plumbing and Wiring
The construction cost of 5 marla house also includes costs in developing water supply, sewerage, gas and drainage systems. All of this is called as plumbing work. Approximately, PKR 80,000 is required for the plumbing of the house, including labour cost and materials.
Electrical wiring is also an important component in house construction. Wiring in the house requires expertise and it is better if an electrician deals with the wiring of the house. Approximately PKR 35,000 are needed for the wiring. This includes the labour cost and the material used.
Cost of Plumbing & Wiring = PKR 115,000
Grills, Gate and Chougat Steel
The construction cost of 5 marla house also involves steelwork. Steel is required at various stages like Chougat Steel is used in the door frames. Chougat Steel of around PKR 50,400 is needed. Moreover, you also need to have safety grills for windows and a main gate for which you should keep an estimated budget of PKR 57,000 for the grills and around PKR 60,000 for the gate.
Cost of Grills, Gate and Chougat Steel = PKR 167,400
Other costs include the septic tank and termite spray. You need to build concrete walls using cement for the water storage tank. Approximately PKR 14,000 is needed to construct the overhead tank.
Controlling termite infestation before construction begins can really help you defend against possible claims in the future as they dwell in places where there is a high concentration of dampness and moisture. Approximately, PKR 12,000 are needed to ward off termite infestation.
Cost of miscellaneous items = PKR 26,000
Grey Structure Cost = PKR 2,363,150
So, the total cost to build the grey structure of a 5 marla house would be PKR 2,363,150. Once the basic structure is done, now comes the finishing part.
Cost of finishing of 5 marla house
As shown in the detailed infograph above, there are many construction jobs involved in the finishing of a 5 marla house. Please note the sub-totals for different categories have been highlighted in the infograph. You can find the details of these figures under different headings below.
Tiles and Marble
People constructing a double-unit 5 marla house usually go for tiles. Good quality Master tiles are preferred in high-end smaller houses. Here is a breakdown of the tiles used in the house.
- Around 180 Master tile flooring at the rate of PKR 1,600 is required in the construction of 5 marla house. This excludes garage, terrace and bathroom tiles. The total cost in the flooring would be PKR 288,000
- 76 Master tiles are needed at the rate of PKR 1,600 sq mtr which would cost around PKR 121,600
- For constructing the terrace of the house, 18 Master tiles are needed at the rate of PKR 1,500 per sq metre with a total cost of PKR 27,000
- In building the car porch or garage you would need 21 tiles at the rate of PKR 1,500 per sq metre making the total cost to be PKR 31,500.
- Professional workers can paste tiles neatly and efficiently. Also, in some cases, you have to cut tiles to fill in the gaps. It is best to hire experts for this. The cost of labour for tiles would be PKR 115,000.
Marble is used in building the staircase and also in the kitchen’s countertop and shelves. For marble stairs, you would need approximately PKR 55,000. In the kitchen, PKR 30,000 is used in making kitchen shelves and countertop.
Cost for Tiles and Marble = PKR 553,100
The areas where you want to have switchboards and power plugs needs proper planning. It should be in a safe place where your kids do not insert fingers and also the power plugs must be located where you can easily plug in your devices. Here are the following electrical items needed along with the costs involved.
- You would need around 20 switch boards of Opal switches and push buttons at the rate of PKR 1,150 which means PKR 23,000 would be needed.
- Around 18 power plugs and sockets are used at the rate of PKR 575 which means a total of PKR 10,350 would be required
- 150 lights of PKR 37,500 are required.
- 11 fans in total would be used with each fan costing around PKR 6,500 making the total of PKR 71,500.
- 6 Royal or GFC exhaust fans are used in total. Four of them in the bathrooms and two in the kitchens. An exhaust fan costs you PKR 2,500 making a total of PKR 15,000. Brakers of PKR 30,000 are also required.
Cost for Electrical components = PKR 187,350
Kitchen and Bath Accessories
There are many construction items needed to give a finished look to your kitchen and bathrooms. Since there are two kitchens, two kitchen hoods should be installed with the average costs of PKR 45,000 per hood. So, you would need to have PKR 90,000 for buying and installing the hood in the kitchen. Two kitchen sinks of PKR 10,000 each are needed making a total of PKR 20,000.
As for the washrooms, since 4 of them would be constructed, you need almost everything multiplied by 4 times. 4 bath hangings of PKR 20,000 with each unit price of PKR 5,000 are needed. Similarly, 4 commodes of PKR 56,000 are required with each commode costing PKR 14,000. Installation of one vanity set would cost you PKR 9,000 so if you have four vanity sets installed it would cost you PKR 36,000. Around 3 complete bath sets are required of PKR 57,000 with each bath set costing you PKR 19,000.
Cost for Kitchen & Bath Accessories = PKR 279,000
Paint and Ceiling
There are two parts to the finishing of the house. One is the paint done on the walls inside the house and the other is the exterior part of the house. The paint job should be done ideally after installation of switchboards and light fixtures. Painting a newly built house is tougher since it requires careful application of the base coat. You therefore need a professional painter to do the job for you. We have included the painter’s cost in this. It is estimated to be around PKR 300,000.
For the exterior, rockwall is mostly used. In rockwall marble chips are used. First the wall is plastered and cleaned then the base coat using acrylic and white sand is applied. The base coat is very important as it strengthens the walls. The total cost in the rockwall is PKR 30,000.
The rate for false ceiling including material and for any design is PKR 65 per sq ft. So, for a 2,125 sq ft double storey 5 marla house, it would cost you PKR 138,125.
Cost for Paint and Ceiling = 468,125
Windows and Mirrors
Aluminium and glass work in houses includes windows and window frames, wire mesh and glass panes. The cost of Aluminium Windows and Glass is PKR 165,000. Mirrors would cost PKR 20,000. For the staircase, railings are needed which cost you PKR 40,000.
Cost of Windows and Mirrors = PKR 225,000
Wood is used in various parts of the house in the form of wardrobes, kitchen cabinets, doors, bathroom cabinets and decorative racks in the living room and drawing-room. The rates may vary from vendor to vendor, but it is generally advisable to buy wood and let your carpenter carve it into cabinets and doors, rather than to purchase ready-to-use cabinets from the market since you can’t be sure of the material.
There would be one semi-solid wooden door and the rest of the doors would have Malaysian plywood. It would cost you PKR 120,000. For built-in wardrobes and kitchen cabinets, UV Ply Sheets or more commonly referred to as formica sheets are used. For wardrobes, PKR 144,000 and for kitchen PKR 120,000 are required. Assorted fittings like doorknobs would cost you an additional PKR 20,000.
Cost for Woodwork = PKR 404,000
Total cost in the finishing of a 5 marla house = PKR 2,231,575
That sums up the construction cost of 5 marla house. Let us combine the grey structure costs and the finishing costs to get the final budget for a double storey 5 marla house.
Total construction cost of 5 marla house = PKR 2,363,150 + PKR 2,231,575 = PKR 4,594,725
So, there you have it — a detailed analysis of how PKR 4,594,725 would be the complete construction cost of 5 marla house.
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Note: The rates quoted in this article are from August 2019. The rates in the article have been sourced from Mr. Kashif Mehmood, CEO of Alpha Construction Company. He is available at 03104811578