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Build a house with minimal financial strain

With the ever rising construction costs, home builders know that they need to adjust to minimise costs. There are steps you can follow to reduce costs without compromising on safety, comfort and beauty.

Building a house allows you to set your own budget and select materials and methods that will keep your finances under control.

Here are key areas that if properly followed can reduce the overall construction costs.


The size of the house determines its overall cost. If you are hard pressed financially, then you need to select a relatively standard size for your house. A large house can seem a bargain compared to the costs per square metre.

However, a small house is more affordable to build and economical to maintain.


It is one of the most critical factors when building a low cost home. In choosing economical designs, you are more likely to keep the overall budget low.

While smaller homes may have higher costs per square metre, they are considered an affordable option than larger ones.

Not only are upfront building costs lower, but utility bills are also lower since less energy is needed to power the smaller space.

For the lowest cost home building options, consider using prefabricated metal buildings. These designs offer the least flexibility and are cheaper and faster to build due to minimal material and labour costs.


Did you know that the type of roof you choose determines the cost of roofing? Choose simple but elegant roofing types so that you reduce the number of sheets or panels used in the roofing.

This also determines the number of timber used in making the roofing structure. Most architects will tell you that compared to hipped roofs, gable roofs are less expensive as they don’t require additional framing.


When sourcing for building materials, you should consider pooling as a way of minimising costs. You should also consider using building materials that are common and readily available.

If its sand, ballast, stones and bricks, try sourcing through the same supplier so that you can enjoy the benefits of cheap transport and bulk buying. This will ensure less spending as opposed to buying the items from different suppliers.

Floor plans 

Floor plans also complicate the design and increase the cost of building. For example, complex shapes are difficult and expensive to construct compared to simple house plans.

Buildings with simple house plans costs less because you don’t have to put in extra work and equipment for curved walls, multiple shower and toilet area.

It is important to note that you can utilise your building materials more efficiently with fewer angles, walls and corners.

Build tall

Instead of building a single storey house that spans the plot, consider building a multi-storey one. This is due to the smaller roofs and foundations associated with multi-storey homes.

The taller house will have the same amount of living space, but the foundation and roof will be smaller. You will reduce the space consumed by the house and the costs in foundation.

Did you know that the foundation accounts for almost 50 per cent of the total construction costs? Most quantity surveyors say ventilation and plumbing are cheaper in multi-storey homes because it reduces the number of items and materials used.


To minimise costs, get one lead worker to supervise your project rather than hiring a contractor.