1. Samson
    July 11, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    I’m twelve and I’m just getting ready to build my own house when I’m older I’m just so into this stuff coz. I don’t know


    • Ryan McLean
      July 13, 2015 @ 9:53 am

      Good on you Samson. Check out this 16 year old in the states building his own tiny house. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXDu2U-CmkI

      Super cheap and achievable for a young person like yourself. Heck with help you could start building it now!


      • Paul
        March 27, 2017 @ 2:12 am

        Samson wants to build a proper house not some trailer caravan.


    • Jody yates
      November 12, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

      Have you looked at dome homes?
      I think they cXn be built at a much lower cost…


  2. romey shah
    July 19, 2015 @ 5:22 pm

    How much cost to make 22 bed with 22 bathroom 160 sq meter with kitchen n dinning with extra 2 bed n bathroom please


    • Ryan McLean
      July 20, 2015 @ 2:44 pm

      An awful lot of money


  3. alex
    August 10, 2015 @ 1:05 am

    the other two comments are silly but i just wanted to say this page has actually helped me alot in terms of estimating costs and i have found it very helpful so i just wanted to say thanks and your effort has not gone to waste


    • Ryan McLean
      August 12, 2015 @ 3:17 pm

      Thanks for your encouraging words. You are absolutely welcome.


      • Karren
        June 25, 2016 @ 12:33 am

        It’s a shame people can’t be constructive in their comments ,I agree with the previous comment this page is very useful Ryan many thanks for the information
        Kind regards


  4. Briana
    August 13, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    Hi, I have to design a 3D house for my school assignment, and I was wondering how much a double storey house would cost with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms? I don’t need much detail, just a general amount, say, if it was as much as building a 5 bedroom 1 storey house.

    Also, great article! It has really helped me 🙂


    • Ryan McLean
      August 14, 2015 @ 3:15 pm

      Check out the stock you can get through this post. Download that and you will likely get your answer. Best of luck in your assignment


  5. Chris
    August 18, 2015 @ 10:14 pm

    How much cheaper to build is a single storey vs double? What estimate should I be looking at for a 26 square property on a level block with quality finishes?


    • Ryan McLean
      August 19, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

      Sign up to get the free price list and you can see the differences between single stories and double story properties


  6. Sally Cubis
    September 10, 2015 @ 2:01 pm

    Hi Ryan, We are looking at building our own home, but are super worried about addition costs- do you know what the most unexpected and not included in a standard project home? And what they could possibly add up to? Sally


    • Ryan McLean
      September 11, 2015 @ 8:03 am

      Hey Sally,

      Check out this article which will help:

      The best way I know to avoid hidden costs is to get an absolutely fixed price contract with your builder. This will require some negotiation but it is possible.



  7. Amanda
    October 6, 2015 @ 1:50 pm

    Hello and thank you so much for this information! My Aussie husband and I are building our first house… I am new to Australia and boy are the prices expensive here! We had no idea about the price to build so this site has been extremely helpful! Thanks for taking the time to post about your research and to provide tips to others looking to build 🙂


  8. ned fenton
    November 18, 2015 @ 6:49 pm

    Hi Thee , very helpful info , but are your estimates the same ,for timber ,as well as brick and tile , regards Ned


  9. Carolyn
    November 30, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    Hi Ryan,
    I am looking at container homes at the moment, because I actually really like them 🙂 But when I look at the prices you show, versus the prices of ones I am looking at, they seem really expensive, eg 80sq m for $142 000? This is with finishes, but without installation. Am I missing something? (I’m not in the country at the moment, relocating back, so really have little idea on costs). Only thing I do think, we are looking at building about 50km out of a main centre in Tasmania, so that would push building costs up, where modular would be quicker?


    • Ryan McLean
      November 30, 2015 @ 11:13 am

      Me and my wife are looking into container homes as well as an option for us because we love tiny house living. I think the 80sqm contain homes contain a lot of high-spec finishes which really jacks up the price. Obviously if you managed it yourself by sourcing the container and the builders to work on it with your own materials that were lower cost I think they would be super affordable.


      • Hamid
        May 24, 2016 @ 9:43 pm

        Hi Ryan, I have a lot of 450 sqm in Sydney and am intending to build a two storey home (ground floor + 1). I want to know how much it can cost me to build a 4 or 5 bedroom home and what wod be the cover area. What is the government law to occupy maximum. I’would love to have a good backyard area


      • Name
        November 21, 2016 @ 12:02 am

        My wife and I.


  10. Suri
    January 7, 2016 @ 5:07 pm

    I’m building 4 townhouses. This is my first time. I’m knocking down an old house first. I heard prefab homes are good. Do you know of any prefab modular homes which are cheap. I know building time is around 3 months. Thanks


  11. Satti
    February 13, 2016 @ 12:24 pm

    I want to know how much land I required to build 4 bedroom house , double storey ….


  12. Lauren
    March 13, 2016 @ 10:36 am

    Hi Ryan
    I’m wanting to build a house no more than 19 sq metres. I only want a 2 bedroom, galley kitchen, lounge plus seperate dining & a small entry hall. I would be building on a block in a small country town. Also want it to be on stilts with verander either front only or all way around. Any ideas how much TOTAL cost would be?
    Even an educated guess would be great. Thankyou for your time,


  13. Gregory Willard
    June 13, 2016 @ 10:44 pm

    A friend of mine just recently started planning his new home. I had no idea that a 5 bedroom house will cost about $200,00 to build. I think that could be a pretty affordable price. I will have to talk to him to see how big his house is going to be. Thanks for the information.


  14. Brinda
    June 24, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    Please call me regarding building townhouse


  15. Kay
    July 1, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    Hi,, I’m really want to build 2 storage house with pool and a bit of garden like what I have in Bali. do you know how much it will cost? Thanks


  16. Rahul
    August 3, 2016 @ 9:18 am

    How much cost to build 4br single story house on 325 m2


  17. Phil
    August 8, 2016 @ 3:13 pm

    Hello Ryan, very informative and good heads up. We are looking at aprox 3-4000 sqm land with a metre slope concrete floors ( polished ) timber wide veranda tin roof ( Aussie style federation ) with either local stone walls or hardie’s composite weather board look, open plan etc in Eden or Boydtown, can you suggest anything, I may have missed or know of something that will help.
    Phil n Viktoria


    • Darlene
      November 11, 2016 @ 6:59 pm

      We are looking at building something similar and the quotes we are getting back are astronomical – wish we could find a builder who’ll build a 5bd rm for around $200k ?


  18. RamBabu
    August 13, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

    Hi sir,How are you????This is Ram.Im a civil engineer(passed out 2015).Im from INDIA.How to construct low cost building with 3bedrooms and varandh(free space infront of house).How to gain knowledge for building construction sir?????Give me your suggestion sir.


  19. Caroline
    August 31, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

    Great information. I am looking to build my next home and will be selecting the external bricks myself. I was looking at around 300 metres square for the build and the information provided here is certainly helpful in ensuring that I am not overcharged for the build.


  20. Alonso
    September 15, 2016 @ 2:40 am

    Where can I get a list of quotes for building a simple 3 bedroom house like the one on this website? We are in Melbourne north east. Thank you!


  21. Jared Kirotwa
    September 24, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

    Very informative. I will be moving to Perth soon. l intend to build a couple of units with time. i will get in touch with you once i am ready.
    Thank a lot!
    Jared Kirotwa, Kenya


  22. Ben
    October 28, 2016 @ 1:22 pm

    “M classification soil (the best classification you can get). If your soil is more difficult to work with (eg. Clay…”

    M is not the best classification (not sure where you got that from), it actually means the soil contains clay and is ‘moderately’ reactive. ‘A’ (sand) is the best classification and is the most common in the areas around Perth. From memory Midland areas have some clay and get a classification of ‘S’ for slightly reactive.

    Also somewhat relevant that you may wish to consider is the location of the block you will be building on. Places overlooking bodies of water such as a home on the coast will need to be more robust due to higher wind speeds.


  23. James
    October 31, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

    i got a massive price difference compare to whats been written here!! i work for http://www.containerremovals.com.au/ and went to see the display house in Allura , met few builders there their pricing is at least 20k diff..but your article for sure will give a rough understanding of what we are getting in to…i actually referred your article and asked questions related to soil test , slope and all 🙂


  24. Will
    November 13, 2016 @ 1:35 am

    Something that would be handy is an itemised list of what the costs are in building a house. What is in my $200k house? Design and checking, concrete at $100/sq m, bricks at $2 each, wooden frame, roof tiles, carpet, plumbing, plastering, electrical, insulation, heating, paint and all of the labour to install each of those. I’m sure it doesn’t usually boil down to a straightforward formula – the block, government, and contractors used have a big impact – but it would be nice to get some idea of where that money is going, and what is cheap to add and what is not.


  25. Giir
    November 19, 2016 @ 4:06 pm

    Hi there
    I want to build a new home on existing home and need to get the quote. Immediate start.
    The house is at Eastern Creek NSW 2766.


  26. Harry
    January 27, 2017 @ 5:21 pm

    Ryan – you advise that if going with a project builder, we should get a project manager to supervise the builder. Sounds like sensible advice to avoid being BS’ed by the builder. My question is: if the build takes 30 weeks, how much time would the project manager need to spend on site, and what sort of money should we budget for that? (And where would we look to find a decent project manager?)


    • Vadim Shvartsfeld
      February 18, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

      Hey Harry,
      Project management usually involves 10% of project cost.
      Depending on if you get firm or a private project manager.
      From experience time in site will vary through stages of project. In peak times pm on site daily.

      Thank alternating days. Project building will. Mean their is already a site supervisor.
      Having your on PM to work for you may Mean faster more efficient project with less error.

      In most cases PM is only needed when architectural designed projects are going up.

      Regards Vadim S


  27. Max
    March 27, 2017 @ 4:22 pm

    Lots of comments here, I’m looking at building a 22sq home. 4 Bed 2 Bath and double garage. House area is roughly 170sqm, Garage 36sqm, 209 sqm total. Land is 420sq at a cost of 255k. Total package price is 481,950k. $226,950 fixed price package with fixed site costs etc. Everything bar the blinds and whatever else sneaky there won’t be. $1085 a square metre for the build. Is this reasonable?


    • Jess
      May 10, 2017 @ 8:23 pm

      Hi Max

      May I ask who is the builder?



  28. Tong
    March 29, 2017 @ 8:34 am


    i am new to all of these, i’ve just bought a parcel of land and want to build on the property.
    my property is in Oakdale, NSW.
    i have my plans of the house done up – single storey. its quoting time, does anyone know of any good company that could quote?

    thanks in adavance.


  29. Jude
    April 10, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

    Hi what’s the estimate on a 5 bedroom double story 42 square home? We want to estimate to know how much of our budget we can spend on land and if it’s realistic.


  30. Dharmesh
    April 29, 2017 @ 10:03 am

    Please let know how to build my new cheap custom house


  31. VR
    May 13, 2017 @ 6:49 pm

    Fantastic post. Thanks Ryan


  32. Mandy
    May 25, 2017 @ 4:13 pm

    Hi ryan, we are looking into a tree change and are open to the type of house to build on the property. There are many house design ideas we could go with. Kit homes, log cabins, in-situ concrete, builders design (which i think are boring), container homes etc etc. Wanting to build in the country what would be cheaper?


  33. Emma
    July 17, 2017 @ 8:21 pm

    I am also twelve like Samson and my best friend and I have known each other from the first day of school and from then we have always wanted to build a house together this page has helped lots so that that we can achieve our dream xx


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