If you’re planning to build your own home, you’re probably wondering how many steps the process entails and how much it costs to construct a house. While buying a piece of land is the easiest bit, constructing even a small 5 marla house takes a lot of effort. Not only does it involve a lot of research, the process also requires a lot of patience as it involves working with dozens of people and, of course, money. So, let’s get started. The first step: you need to build a 5 marla house grey structure.
This blog will share the latest rates and estimated construction cost to build grey structure of a 5 marla house.
Building a double storey house is a gargantuan task. The costing provided below is of a house with a covered area of 2000 sq ft. It has 2 kitchens, 4 bathrooms, a store room on the second floor and a terrace on the first floor.
Construction Cost To Build A 5 Marla House Grey structure
To build the grey structure of a 5 marla house, major construction items that you would require are cement, bricks, gravel, sand, and rebar. Then, towards the end, comes the installation of electrical and plumbing systems. As shown in the infograph above, we have provided a complete breakdown of the construction costs of the grey structure of a 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 utmost importance when building a house so we will discuss it first.
House construction cost in 2019 varies between major cities of Pakistan. For a double-unit 5 marla house, the labour cost per sq ft is PKR 350 and it would accumulate to around PKR 700,000.
Cost of Labour = 350 x 2,000 = PKR 700, 000
Bricks, Sand, Crush and Rori
While deciding the grey structure construction cost of 5 marla house, the number of bricks and their rates play a key role. A 5 marla house in question will require approximately 50,000 bricks. It is recommended to pick good quality bricks also known as first-class bricks or Awwal bricks. The current market rate per brick of the Awwal category is PKR 10.5 and so the total cost of bricks when building the grey structure of a 5 marla house would be PKR 5,25,000.
Sand is also needed to build a 5 marla house grey structure – Ravi sand and Chenab sand. Basically, sand in house construction is used in concrete mixtures.
The sand is either extracted from river beds or from the coastal beaches. Usually, the sand from river beds has a grey colour. Around 3,150 cubic feet of Ravi sand is used at the rate of PKR 18 per cubic feet when constructing the grey structure of a 5 marla house. This means in total, PKR 56,700 cubic feet of Ravi sand is used.
The river Chenab sand is of better quality and therefore the rates are higher. Approximately, 700 cubic feet of Chenab sand is used at the rate of PKR 35, which means a total of PKR 24,500 is needed in constructing the grey structure.
Crush or gravel is used as a foundation layer for floors throughout the house. Builders and contractors like to use Margalla gravel, but Sargodha gravel can also be used. The required quantity of gravel (more commonly known as Bajri) is approximately 900 cubic feet.
The Margalla gravel is used in constructing the roof of the house and is known as Margalla Crush for Lenter. The rate is PKR 80 per cubic feet which means around PKR 72,000 would be required. Sargodha gravel is used in constructing the floor of the house.
The total cost of Sargodha gravel would be PKR 34,800 as around 600 cubic feet of Sargodha Bajri would be required to build a 5 marla house grey structure. Rori costs around PKR 25,000.
Cement, Kassu and Rebar
Kassu is a special mix of mitti and sand and is mostly used for earth filling or plot filling. A rough estimate of the cost of Kassu would be PKR 50,000. Cement is the primary item required in almost all kinds of construction projects. The rate of cement per bag is almost the same for all brands with only slight variations. For the kind of house we are talking about, approximately 525 bags of cement is required at the rate of 570 cement 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 basically Sarya of 60 grade and around 3 tons of Sarya would be used to build a 5 marla house grey structure. 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 = 636,750
Plumbing & Wiring
Any of the construction work related to water supply, sewerage, gas or drainage system is called as plumbing work. It is one of the most technical jobs in grey construction. It works as a conduit that runs in the entire house, where gas and water is needed. Approximately, PKR 80,000 are required for the plumbing of the house, which includes the labour cost and the material used in the process.
Electrical wiring is also covered in grey construction. Wiring requires expertise and should be dealt by a professional. It is advised to hire a thorough professional who can take care of the wiring of the house. Approximately PKR 40,000 are needed for the wiring, inclusive of the labour and material costs.
Cost of Plumbing & Wiring = PKR 120,000
Grills, Gate & Chougat Steel
During the construction of a 5 marla house grey structure, steel is also required at various stages like Chougat Steel is used in the door frames. Chougat Steel of around PKR 50,400 is required for the grey structure. Moreover, when building the grey structure of a 5 marla house, 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
Among other costs is the water storage tank and termite spray which is also included in grey house construction costs. You need to build concrete walls using bricks and cement for the septic tank. Approximately PKR 20,000 is needed to construct a water storage 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 15,000 are needed to ward off termite infestation.
Cost of miscellaneous items = PKR 35,000
Total Cost = PKR 2,397,150
So, the total cost of 5 marla grey structure would be PKR 2,397,150. If you are willing and determined, you can complete the construction of a 5 marla house at affordable rates. For more detailed analyses and updates, stay tuned to the best construction and property blog in Pakistan.
Note: The estimated 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