Are you planning to build a house on a 1 kanal plot? Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry. We are here to help you with the budget required to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house.
There are plenty of tips to build a house on a budget out there, however, it’s important to remember that besides smart planning, you also need a sound financial plan that can help you plan how to spend your resources.
The overall construction cost of a 1 kanal house can be divided into two parts: the grey construction cost and finishing costs. This blog will cover different construction materials and their rates used to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house.
Before laying the foundation of a 1 kanal house, we must take a look at the specifications of the unit. It is a double-storey house with a covered area of 6,190 sq ft, which includes 3,225 sq ft covered area on the ground floor, 2,815 on the first floor and a 150 sq ft mumtee. It has 5 bedrooms with attached bathrooms, 2 kitchens, and a powder room.
Let us now take a look at the breakdown of the cost to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house.
Estimated Cost to Build the Grey structure of a 1 Kanal House
To construct the grey structure of a 1 kanal house, you’ll need bricks, cement, rebar and sand. The overall budget of the unit, however, will, of course, include other important elements like labour, construction of the septic tank, installation of the main gate and systems like plumbing and wiring. Let’s discuss each of these components one by one.
Please note that labourers usually charge per sq ft. For a 1 kanal house, rates are somewhere around PKR 350 per sq ft. So, for a 1 kanal double-unit house, which has a covered area of 6,190 sq ft, the total labour cost would be PKR 2,166,500.
Cost of Labour = 350 x 6,190 = PKR 2,166,500
Bricks, Sand, Crush and Rori
In order to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house, you should first determine the quantity of the construction material required for the unit. Keeping a track of quantity is as important as keeping a check on rates when it comes to construction.
We shall now state the number of bricks you would need and the total cost to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house.
Awwal bricks are used in most of the houses being constructed in Pakistan. At present, the per brick rate of Awwal category is PKR 12.5. For the grey structure of a double-story 1 kanal house, you would need around 135,000 bricks, taking the total cost of bricks to PKR 1,687,500.
If you are building a house, keep in mind that there are two kinds of sand required to lay the foundation of a house – Ravi and Chenab. The sand, as the two names suggest, is scooped from riverbeds of Ravi and Chenab. In the construction of a 1 kanal house, about 5,250 c.ft of Ravi sand is used at the rate of PKR 20, taking the total cost to PKR 105,000.
The sand taken from River Chenab has a higher price, as its quality is better and it’s mostly used in plastering houses. You also don’t need it in large quantities. Only 2,100 c.ft. of Chenab sand is used at the rate of PKR 35, which will cost you PKR 73,500 in total.
Crush and gravel are also required in building the grey structure of a 1 kanal house. So, how much gravel should be used? It is important to know that the Margalla gravel is used in constructing the roof of the house and is more commonly referred to as Margalla Crush for Lenter.
You would need 2,200 c.ft. of Margalla crush, which costs PKR 85 per cubic feet; this would bring the total up to PKR 187,000. Around 1, 200 c.ft. Sargodha gravel is used to make the house’s flooring at the rate of PKR 65, which would make the total to PKR 78,000. Rori is also one of the important components used in house construction. You would need around PKR 66,000 worth of Rori to build the grey structure of 1 kanal house.
Cost for Bricks, Sand, Crush and Rori = PKR 2,197,000
Cement, Kassu and Rebar
Do you know what Kassu is? It is basically a mix of sand and mitti. Where is it most commonly used? Kassu is mainly used to fill up the earth and vacant plots, making it fit for construction. To build the foundation of a 1 kanal house, you’ll need at least PKR 200,000 worth of Kassu.
Another major construction material used in the grey structure is cement. For a house as big as 1 kanal, you would need 1,600 bags of cement at a rate of PKR 550, bringing up the total to PKR 880,000.
Rebar or sarya is used to add strength to the unit. Around 9 tons of 60 grade rebar would be required to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house. The rate per ton of sarya is PKR 120,000. So, you’d need rebar worth PKR 1,080,000 to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal house.
Cost of Cement, Kassu and Rebar = PKR 2,160,000
Plumbing and Wiring
Do you want your house to have a concealed or an open plumbing system? Both have their pros and cons. Nevertheless, plumbing and wiring are mostly done while building the grey structure of a unit. So, for 5 bathrooms, you need to lay down a proper plumbing system. In the same way, you’ll have to install electrical connections at all key points where you will place lights, chandeliers, fans, switchboards, the AC and the refrigerator.
While plumbing will cost you approximately PKR 210,000, you will need at least PKR 200,000 for installing wiring in the house. This includes both the cost of the material and fees of the electrician and plumber.
Cost of Plumbing & Wiring = PKR 410,000
Grills, Gate and Chougat Steel
Steel is of utmost importance in the construction of the grey structure of a 1 kanal house. Chougat steel would cost you around PKR 94,500. The main gate of the house is also included in the grey structure. The cost to install the main gate hovers around PKR 800 per sq ft, bringing the total to PKR 96,000. Let’s not forget window grills; these bars can cost you around PKR 133,000.
Cost of Grills, Gate and Chougat Steel = PKR 323,500
Termite infestation is a common problem faced by house owners. Since prevention is better than cure, it’s always a good idea to use chemical repellents at the time of laying down the foundation of your house. For termite spray, you must keep a budget of PKR 45,000. A septic tank can also be constructed in PKR 12,000.
Cost of miscellaneous items = PKR 57,000
Total Cost = 7,314,000
So, the total cost to build the grey structure of a 1 kanal would be PKR 7,314,000.
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Note: The estimated rates quoted in this article are from November 2019. The rates in the article have been sourced from Mr. Kashif Mehmood, CEO of Alpha Construction Company. He is available at 03104811578