How much does it cost to build a house? The factors that influence budget

The cost of building a new home will depend on a number of key factors, such as the type of site chosen, the location, the design of the house, the number of levels and the type of materials used. Each of these are variables that can dramatically change costs so it pays to have a clear idea from the outset what the total project budget is.

The cost of building a house can be cleverly approached to maximise design possibilities and minimise output. In this way, materials and other factors that can impact the total cost can be carefully selected and designed to keep to a defined budget, provided that the budget is clear from the outset.

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How different factors impact build costs

In terms of design, elements such as whether the house will have a flat or pitched roof can make a difference to price. Flat roofing requires a waterproofing membrane while pitched roofs can be easier and more cost effective to build.

Cladding is another factor that can impact the cost of building significantly due to the sheer quantities of the cladding material required. For example, selecting a more cost effective cladding material such as brick as opposed to cedar or copper can mean the difference between a mid-range budget a high-end one. 

Foundations are also an area where costs can escalate depending on what is required. Certain sites may require specialised or complex foundations as a result of various factors including soil type or seismic issues. 

Other factors that can increase build costs are the amount and style of joinery specified. For example, vast areas of glazing with long spans can be expensive while a more cost effective option can be to incorporate less, more economically sized windows and doors. In the same respect, steel joinery can add a significant cost to a build, while aluminium or timber is likely to reduce costs.  

Inside, decisions such as the choice between acrylic showers or tiled bathrooms can reduce or escalate costs, while the choice between ready-made fixtures such as vanities or bespoke versions can also have an impact on the budget. 

Often, keeping costs within a required budget is about careful planning and prioritisation. For example, an sarked ceiling may be an investment suitable for the living area, while a more pared back simple ceiling may be the best option for the other rooms in the house. In the same way, design decisions can be prioritised. Perhaps a defining feature of the site is a view, so a central aspect of the design is to capture that view from as many areas of the house as possible, while less importance is placed on the style of cabinetry. 

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