Covered area per sqft rate of house construction

Covered area per sqft rate of house construction

covered area

covered area

Difference in covered area will affect the cost of the house. There is this common misconception that if the size of the house or the covered area of the house is same, the cost incurred on the house will be the same.  For instance in our latest grey structure covered area per sqft cost article/video we took 10 Marla home as an example with 3400 sq ft area. Sometimes the covered area can vary because of owner’s demands and requirements for instance if a person wants to construct three story house the covered area of that house will increase to 4200 sq ft 4500 sq ft or even more, similarly if a person constructs a house on a single storey the covered area of that house will be lesser than 3400 sq ft. That does not mean that the cost of grey structure will be same for a house with the covered area of 4300, 3400 and 2800 respectively. The main reason for this is that there are some costs that remain constant no matter what your covered area is. For instance the costs that remain constant are as follows:

Complete boundary wall of the 10 Marla plot

covered area per sqft rate

UGWT (underground water tank)

Septic Tank

Sewerage system of the complete house

Floor PCC of the floor outside the house such as side passage, garage and ramp

Parapet wall, terrace parapet wall

Final water proofing of the roof and Overhead water tank.

These are the costs that remain constant whether you build a single storey home or a double or triple storey home. For instance if the cost of these things is Rs 100 and we divide that cost with covered area of 2400 the amount will be more than if we divide that with 3200, it will be even less if the covered area is more than that. All the costing done by us has been on a standard 10 Marla home with a covered area of 3400 sq ft. If the covered area of the house is more the cost of the house will drop and if the covered area of the house is relatively less the cost of the house will increase.

Many of us think that if we decrease the covered area of the house we can save money of the bricks and steel that wasn’t used due to decreasing the covered area. It does not happen like that. After constructing a full ground floor we try to save covered area on the first floor by adding open areas and front terraces and to cover that we add pergolas and design elements. The cost incurred in adding these design elements are more than the cost we save in form of bricks and steel by reducing our covered area.

  Here we would like to add that if the covered area of a 10 Marla home is 3400 sq ft the cost of the house according to our latest grey structure cost Nov 2019 would be Rs 1419/- sq ft for a premium plus complete grey structure without any compromise in the quality of any type. Similarly if the covered area of the house is less than 2900 or 2800 sq ft than the cost of the house may increase by Rs 200 to 250 /- sq ft. If the covered area increases to 3600 or 4000 sq ft than the cost may decrease by Rs 50 to 80/- sq ft.

We hope this article has cleared the confusion of covered area and how it effects the costs of the house.


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  • Kamran shafi on July 18, 2021

    What are different methods for fixing the false ceiling and which one is best.

  • Israr Khan on May 4, 2021

    I need to know what comes free in costing of covered area. Let me explain, all the walls and beams that fall inside the covered area are free.
    Is it like that? If so, can I ask my contractor to build me a shelf on top of bath or kitchen such that all this comes under the covered area. Please explain. Thanks

    • Mohsin Munir on May 5, 2021

      If it was not decided earlier during contract time then it should be paid extra. However if it was shown in drawings and contractor agreed to it at the time of contract then it should be provided in covered area rate. normally these extra slabs are charged extra.

  • iqrash javed on May 27, 2020

    Nice article according to this it should be vice versa. For example the persqft cost of ground floor should be separate and FF floor should be separate .
    The 40 percent activities of GF are not in the FF . But we see the builders does not consider this when quoting for the grey structure and finishing .

    The same activities you mention here are also not in the FF. I would appreciate if you are quoting it separate for the GF and FF.

  • AffiliateLabz on February 19, 2020

    Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! 🙂

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