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Cost Estimator

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We have put this guide together to help home-owners estimate approximately how much their building works are likely to cost.

As you will see there are a number of variables that affect how much the work will end up costing. Much will depend upon the detail of the decisions that you make, but we hope that this guide will help you establish an ‘early-stage’ sense of the likely cost. Simply complete each of the following sections to see a projected build cost. If it comes out higher or lower than you want, return to the sections and adjust.

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1: Extensions more info

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If your project includes any areas of “new-build”construction such as a kitchen extension to the side or rear of your home, a new basement or maybe a garden out-building, please enter the floor area of this part of the project:

+ Add an additional area

2: Remodelling more info

If your project includes any remodelling of existing space involving some construction such as a new staircase, knocking through a wall or removing a chimney breast etc., please enter the floor area of this part of the project:

+ Add an additional area

3: Fitting Out more info

Including all the above areas, please enter the total floor area to be fitted out? Fitting out work includes such things as heating, kitchens, painting & decorating, floor finishes, bathrooms, joinery, lighting & electrical work etc.:

+ Add an additional area Click if
your project
includes a
Kitchen
Click if
your project
includes a
Bathroom
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Your Bathroom

7500

Size

Small
Large

Level of Spec

Affordable
Expensive
- Remove this bathroom
+ Add an additional bathroom x Exclude bathrooms from total
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Your Kitchen

15000

Size

Small
Large

Level of Spec

Affordable
Expensive
- Remove this kitchen
+ Add an additional kitchen x Exclude kitchens from total

4: Level of Spec more info

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Are you looking for a basic job or something more high spec? Labour intensive fine finishes & expensive or bespoke components will be more costly than basic items available off the shelf at the builder’s merchant.

Basic !
! High Spec

5: Complexity more info

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Are the proposals simple and straight-forward to build? Do the works involve complex structural or constructional difficulties or a great deal of ground-work and excavation? How easy is working access to the site and how much space will there be to operate?

Straight Forward
Complex

6: The Builder more info

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Different builders can give radically different prices on the same specific proposals. Generally the better quality of work and the better organised they are, the more expensive they will be. Low cost will usually mean a compromise on quality, organisation or both.

Low Cost
High Quality

7: Region/Area more info

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Not only will local rates of pay vary regionally across the country (which will affect your builder’s costs), but also the reality is that builders will generally charge more when the project is located in a more expensive residential area that in a lower cost area.

Affordable
Expensive

8: Using an architect/designer? more info

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How much involvement are you planning for architects/designers for this project?

Not at all
Intensive Involvement

Projected Total Cost

Based upon the information that you have given, your estimated build cost has been calculated as:

Ensure that you allow additionally for VAT, for professional fees, application fees and a contingency sum.

If you would like help or advice with this form please call us on 0800 849 8505 or click here

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