Basements can be an excellent way to utilize space in your house.
It is a crucial element of a house, especially, if you are someone who is looking for extra space in your house. If you want to know the worth of the basement in your house read the pros and cons of constructing a basement.
On the other hand, if you want to get a rough estimate of the construction cost of a basement, keep on reading this article.
What Costs do I have to Incur?
Following costs should be kept in mind while planning the construction of your basement:
1. Design Costs
This includes all the costs associated with the architecture and design of the basement. For that, you will have to pay the architect and the designer for their services. The costs are variable, depending on the experience and fee of the professionals.
2. Building and Permit Fee
Before starting off with the construction of the basement, it is crucial to get your construction permit. It will allow you to carry on with your construction without any hindrance from the authorities.
The cost of the permit varies from location to location. For instance, the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) grants the permit for 30 days and the cost of the permit is around Rs.224,000.
3. Soil and Grading Cost
Before starting the construction, always test the soil beforehand. Sometimes the water content in the soil is high, leading to weaker foundations and dampness in the basement. Therefore, always go for soil testing beforehand to save yourself from future problems.
4. Foundation Costs
The foundation cost can be broken down into concrete, pier and beam cost. The rates of the material keep on changing, however, if you want to have a rough idea about the foundation cost, consult the costing table at the end of the article.
5. Plumbing and Electricity Costs
This is a variable cost and depends upon your budget and personal preference. Also, you will have to pay for the plumber and electrician for their services. A plumber usually charges Rs.8000 for the washroom and Rs.5000 for the kitchen.
6. Labor Costs
This constitutes a huge chunk of the overall costs. The labor costs vary from location to location as well.
To give you a fair idea about the costs associated with the construction of a basement, we have spread out all the necessary costs for you.
The costs are for a 4 Marla (around 1000 square foot) basement. In this basement following things will be included:
- Master room.
- TV lounge.
|Cement||Rs.270 per square feet|
|Sand||Rs.90 per cubic feet|
|Crush||Rs.200 per cubic feet|
|Steel||Rs.561 per square feet|
|Bricks||Rs.47 per square feet|
|Gravel||Rs.27 per square feet|
|Total material cost||1195 per square feet|
|Contract||Rs.400 per square feet|
|Electrician||Rs.22 per square feet|
|Plumber||Rs.15 per square feet|
|Steel fixer||Rs.35 per square feet|
|Total labor cost||472 per square feet|
|Water stopper||Rs.12 per square feet|
|Excavation||Rs.35 per square feet|
|Bitumen||Rs.14 per square feet|
|Polythene||6 per square feet|
|Waterproofing||Rs.30 per square feet|
|Electric item||Rs.20 per square feet|
|Sanitary items||Rs.45 per square feet|
|Tax||Rs.42 per square feet|
|Total other costs||Rs.252|
|The total cost of construction of a basement||Rs.1919 per square feet|
So, these were the costs associated with a basement. Please note that these costs are not accurate and fluctuate with time. Moreover, if you are constructing a house get an estimated cost to construct 5 Marla, 10 Marla and 1 Kanal house in Pakistan.
Give this article a read and let us know what you think about it. Also, if you have any queries, let us know.
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