Constructing a house is a big endeavor to undertake. A lot of planning and budgeting goes into house construction no matter how big or small the house is. The toughest part of any house construction is budgeting especially when the prices of construction materials keep on fluctuating. For starters, it is even more complicated because they do not have any idea about the market dynamics and how things work. To make things easier, Zarea. pk is here as your helping hand. In this article, we are thoroughly going to layout the construction cost of a 5 Marla A category double-story house. 5 marla is one of the most common house sizes in Pakistan. This blog has much in store for all those who are constructing a 5 marla house or wish to do so in the near future.
Before moving forward, let us divide the construction of a 5 Marlas, A category house into two parts. 1) The grey structure of a 5 marla house. 2) The finishing of a 5 marla house.
First things first, before estimating the total budget it is important to know precisely about the total area of the house upon which the construction will take place. The total area which constitutes 5 marlas is 1,925 sq. ft. the covered area for each floor is around 875 sq. ft. Usually, a 5 marla house has two kitchens, three bedrooms with attached bathrooms, and a mumtee.
Construction Material For 5 Marla House:
Following construction materials will be required to build the grey structure of a 5 marla house:
- Safety grills
The labor cost usually depends on the contract. If you get laborers through a contractor then probably they will stick to the project from beginning to the end and you wouldn’t have to change laborers often. Direct dealing with the contractor is mostly favorable for the parties involved. One thing which is important to note is that labor cost depends upon the time required for the construction. The estimated cost of labor will vary from city to city but on average laborers charge up to PKR 400 per sq. ft. For a 5 marla house, the general labor cost as per this estimation will be around PKR 760,375. However, this labor cost does not include additional costs of labor for tiles, woodwork, paint, etc.
For a 5 marla house, 50,000 bricks are required in total. It is recommended to use Awwal category bricks. The cost of the Awwal category (Class-A) is 11.50 per brick. The total cost of the brick for a 5 marla house will be PKR 575,000.
Sand is a crucial component for construction. It is usually extracted from riverbeds or coastal areas. Ravi and Chenab and are most commonly used in construction. If you use Ravi sand for the construction of a 5 marla house then you will require around 3,150 cubic feet of sand. This will cost around PKR 59,850 in total. However, it is important to note that the quality of Chenab sand is superior and you will require 700 cubic feet of Chenab sand. This will cost around PKR 24,500.
Crush and gravel
Crush or gravel is used for the formation of the base structure of the floors. There are two most common types of crushes. One is Margalla crush and the other one is Sargodha crush. Approximately 900 cubic feet of Margalla crush is required for the construction of a 5 marla house. At the rate of 79 per cubic feet, the total cost for Margalla crush will be PKR 71,100.
For the floor, Sargodha gravel is used. Around 600 cubic feet will be required for the grey structure of a 5 marla house. At the rate of PKR 72 per cubics feet, the total cost of Sargodha gravel will be PKR 43,200. Additionally, Rori will also be required, costing around PKR 20,000.
Total cost for bricks, sand, crush, and rori= PKR 793,650.
A mixture of mud and sand, Kassu is required to cover and fill the empty plot as a base. For the construction of the grey structure of a 5 marla house, around PKR 50,000 worth of Kassu is required.
Around 525 bags of cement will be used in the construction of a 5 marla house. There are various cement companies that offer high quality such as Flying cement, Maple leaf cement, Bestway Cement, Lucky cement, etc. The cost of one cement bag is around PKR 595 on average. As per this estimate, the total cement cost will be around PKR 312,375.
Rebar (steel) is also a necessary component for the construction of a house. Usually, 60-grade Sarya is recommended. For the construction of a 5 marla house around 3 tons of Sarya is required which is equal to 3000 kgs. At the rate of PKR 130 per ton sarya, the total cost will be around PKR 390,000.
The total cost of cement, kassu, and rebar = PKR 764,375
Plumbing and wiring
No construction is complete without the development of a water supply, proper drainage, and sewerage system, and gas supply system. All of these important developments require plumbing work which will cost around PKR 80,000 including the labor costs and materials.
Apart from plumbing, wiring is also the foremost development in an under-construction house. The wiring of a 5 marla house will cost around PKR 70,000 which accounts for all the labor and materials as well.
The total cost of plumbing and wiring = PKR 150,000.
Grilles, gate and chougat steel
Steelwork will be required at various stages of the construction. For example, Chougat steel is used for making door frames. Chougat steel worth PKR 54,000 is required for all the door frames of a 5 marla house.
For safety grilles and windows roughly around PKR 57,000 will be required and for the main gate, you will have to spare PKR 60,000.
You will also require to get an overhead tank constructed. This will also include building concrete walls using cement for a water storage tank.
Apart from this pre-construction termite control treatment is also important to prevent any future hazards of termite infestation.
All of this together will cost around PKR 35,000.
Hence the estimated cost of the grey structure of a 5 marla house is PKR 2,670,900.
Finishing Cost of 5 Marla House
After the construction of the grey structure of the house, the next step is finishing. Finishing gives the final look to the house. This includes installing tiles/marbles, electrical work, woodwork, and paint. As we have covered the cost estimation of the grey structure of a 5 marla house, let us take an overview of the finishing of a 5 marla house.
For the finishing of any A category house, people often opt for tiles and marble as a convenient and aesthetic option for the floor. High-quality tiles are usually preferable and companies like Master tiles offer some of the best quality tiles.
For a 5 marla house, about 160 tiles are required excluding bathrooms, terrace, and garage. According to the per tile rate of PKR 21,000, the estimated cost of tile flooring in a 5 marla house will be approximately PKR 336,000.
The cost for bathroom tiles will be different as they are charged on per sq. meter basis. According to the per tile rate of PKR 1,575 per sq meter, the estimated cost of tile flooring in the bathrooms will 102,375. Approximately 65 master tiles will be required.
For the terrace, 18 tiles will be required. The rate is similar to the former one i.e. PKR 1575 per sq. meter. Hence the total cost of tile flooring on the terrace will be PKR 28,350. At the same rate, 25 tiles will be required for the garage which will cost PKR 39,375 in total.
Besides the cost of tile, the cost of labor for installing the tiles also needs to be estimated. The laborer will not cut the tiles but will also neatly fix them into their place. The estimated cost of labor for installing tiles in a 5 marla house is around PKR 140,000.
For the staircase and kitchen shelf, marble will also be required. For setting up a marble staircase in a 5 marla house around PKR 75,000 will be spent. For kitchen shelves and countertop around PKR 30,000 should be spared.
The total cost of marble and tiles = PKR 741,100.
15 OPAL switchboards and push buttons are required. The rate of one is PKR 850. The total cost of switchboards will be PKR 13,500.
18 power plugs and sockets are required. Each cost around PKR 500. The total cost will be around PKR 9,000.
The total cost of these will be around PKR 110,000.
According to estimates, 11 fans will be required. One GFC fan costs 5,750. The total cost of fans will be PKR 63,250.
A total of 6 exhaust fans will be required for a double-story 5 Marla house; Four for the washroom and two for the kitchen. One exhaust fan costs around PKR 2,650. This makes a total of PKR 15,900.
The electrician will charge around PKR 18,000 to 20,000.
Total cost for electric components = PKR 264,650.
Kitchen and Bath accessories
The most important part of finishing any house is installing kitchen and bath accessories. This gives the final touch.
The kitchen accessories including kitchen hood and sink for both kitchens in a double-story 5 Marla house are required. Two kitchen hoods will cost around PKR 51,000 each. Two kitchen sinks will cost around PKR 16,500 each. The entire kitchen accessories will cost around PKR 130,000.
The washroom accessories will include bath hangings, porta commodes, and bath sets. Since there will be 4 washrooms in a double-story 5 Marla house, 3 bath hangings will be required. It will cost around PKR 20,000, making up to PKR 5,500 each. A single porta commode will cost around PKR 16,500 hence making the total cost of commodes PKR 49,500. Similarly, a single vanity set costs around PKR 16,500. The total cost for 3 vanity sets will be 30,000. You will also require 3 complete bath sets that will cost PKR 21,000 each. Additionally, the labor cost for fitting will be between PKR 20,000 to PKR 25,000.
This will make the total cost of both bath and kitchen accessories up to PKR 314,000.
Painting and Ceiling
No house is complete without paint. Painting gives the final look to the house. Once the switchboard and light fixtures are installed, the next step is painting. The first step in painting is applying a base coat. After a base coat, more layers of paint are applied to create a finished look. The cost of painting not only includes the prices of painting materials but also the labor costs of the professional painter. The entire cost for painting a 5 Marla double-story house will be around PKR 300,000.
For the exterior of the house, you can opt for both Rockwall or marble chips. First, the wall is cleaned and it gets plastered. After that, white sand and acrylic are used for applying a base coat. The base coat is very significant in the entire process as it provides strength to the wall. The total cost of a base coat for a 5 Marla house will be around PKR 30,000.
False ceiling is quite popular as well. If we opt for a false ceiling then the rate of false ceiling is around PKR 75 per sq. ft.
The estimated cost of the entire painting and ceiling= PKR 753,750.
Windows and Mirrors
For windows, both glass and aluminum are required. Aluminum will cost up to 175,000 and mirrors will cost around PKR 20,000. Additionally, to install a staircase railing you will have to spare PKR 65,000.
Quality woodwork can add value to any house. It is not only aesthetically pleasing but also is highly functional in terms of practicality. It is ideal to get all the woodwork done while the house is still under construction. This will save you any additional costs incurred later on. The most important point of consideration is that you should make sure to use quality wood. Built-in cupboards and kitchen cabinets together constitute the woodwork of the house. Mostly semi-solid plywood is used for woodwork in houses. The wardrobe, assorted fitting, and other woodwork of the house will cost around PKR 150,000. If you also want to have an LCD rack then it will cost you an additional PKR 40,000 to 50,000.
Total finishing cost of a 5Marla = PKR 2,844,500
As we have analyzed each and every component of construction cost, the total cost of construction of a 5 Marla house will be around PKR 5,515,400.
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