The cost of building a house this 2021 is very different from what it used to be in the past years. A lot has changed in the process of building houses in Nigeria. Some factors have to be considered for decision making and strategic plans put together. An individual that intends to build a house, such as a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria must consider location of the house (where the house will be situated), budget (cost of building the house), architectural design (what look is the house going to have), etc.
However, an individual’s estimated budget determines every factor that involves building a house. One may want a simple house with minimal design in a developing area so as to reduce cost while another may want to go for an attractive house with a modern design that speaks extravagancy and is situated in a developed area. The latter will definitely spend more.
The aim of this article is to give you necessary information on cost. This will let you know the amount of money one should budget in order to successfully build a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria.
A bungalow is usually a ground floor building. Although, most Nigerians call it a one story building. Depending on the availability of building materials and commitment of building workers, one can finish building a 3-bedroom bungalow in 2 to 4 months. Time is one of the most important factor to consider when building a house. Therefore, it is advisable that money should be made available so that everything is taken care of on time. This is important so that you don’t end up building a house for 2 years when it could have being done in 2 months. This would inevitably cost you more if this is your case. Build on time, save money!
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO BUILD A 3-BEDROOM BUNGALOW IN NIGERIA
After differentiating the important stages of building a 3-bedroom bungalow and successfully combining and approximating cost, it is safe to say that one should budget the sum of ₦7 million to ₦10 million. It could be cheaper if built in a rural or developing area. Whichever, it is important to be financially prepared so as to finish building on time.
Estimated prices of different stages of building a 3-bedroom bungalow will be given in subsequent paragraph below;
BUYING A LAND
The first stage to building any house is by first, acquiring or purchasing a land. It is important that you have an idea of the type of environment you want your house to situate in before choosing to purchase a land. One may decide that he wants a land in a developed and busy area while some others may want to go for lands in the developing and less busy areas, preferably, in the outskirt of the city.
While this depends on preferences, it is important to note that location of land determines the price it will be sold at. A plot of land can go for as low as ₦350,000 Naira and as high as ₦15 million. A plot of land is enough to build a sizable 3-bedroom bungalow.
In acquiring the ownership of the land, there are some important documents that must not be overlooked or waved off. Legally documenting the ownership of the land is more important than anything else. These documents include;
- Certificate of Ownership
- Deed of Conveyance
- Survey plan of Land
PLANNING AND DRAFTING BUILDING STYLE
At this stage, an architect is who you need. An architect would design the style and every plan of what the house would look like. Also, he can also involve good building agencies that can take care of procuring the needed amount of workers and every building materials that would be needed for building a 3-bedroom bungalow. These services rendered, including payment of workers can cost between ₦800,000 and ₦2 million. Price largely depends on the style of house that one intends to build and its location.
SETTING THE FOUNDATION
Once the land has being cleared and every other thing put in place. The first step to building a 3-bedroom bungalow is constructing a strong foundation for the house. The foundation holds the house. The foundation involves flooring and soak away too. Therefore, it is important that it must be done well. The ground has to be measured and dug well, as well as authentic building material used to construct the foundation of the house.
Foundation and flooring can take between ₦1 million to ₦1.5 million to construct. This cost calculates the prices of setting out, evacuation, foundation footings, foundation walls and German concrete.
BUILDING OF STRUCTURE
After the foundation has been laid, the next stage is building the structure of the planned design. The bedrooms, living room, kitchen, toilets, bathrooms, store room, dining room would be arranged accordingly as it should look while building the structure.
Measurement is very important at this stage. This is very necessary for sizes of rooms, doors and windows. In asserting the cost of this stage, one must consider the number of blocks, sand, cement etc. This stage is constructed to the lintel level (lintel casting). Cost of building structure is estimated at ₦700,000 to ₦1.2 million.
Roofing is an important stage in building of a house. Since a 3-bedroom bungalow is a story building, roofing will come in place quite faster than when building a house with two or more stories. The building materials for roofing includes roof truss, roofing sheets and ceiling (PVC ceiling or Asbestos ceiling). Total cost of roofing for a 3-bedoom bungalow is estimated between ₦700,000 and ₦1 million.
As the name implies, finishing is the final stage in building a house. A lot is to be done at this stage, it is very important to give the house being built a wonderful finishing with quality building materials. Imagine painting a house with fake paints. This can wear off in a short while.
Therefore, it is always advisable to use quality building materials. Finishing include plastering, floor tiles, painting, wiring, plumbing, windows, doors and gates. Total estimated cost of finishing a 3-bedroom bungalow is ranged between ₦1.3 million and ₦2.5 million.