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    The average building costs in the UK are between £1,000 - £2,000 per sqm and the average new build 3 bedroom semi- 79 sqm.

    That said most people here try have a 4 or 5 bedroom 2 bathroom detached of 180 - 250 sqm.

    What are the average house sizes and building costs in or other countries?


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    average for us
    size = 250 sqm
    price, a tad over $200,000us @127-8 k pounds

    price per square foot varies greatly across the country, and is down the last few years


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisgorlitz View Post
    The average building costs in the UK are between £1,000 - £2,000 per sqm and the average new build 3 bedroom semi- 79 sqm.

    That said most people here try have a 4 or 5 bedroom 2 bathroom detached of 180 - 250 sqm.

    What are the average house sizes and building costs in or other countries?


    A few years back I was in Europe, visiting my grandmother. And I noticed how European houses/apartments, were much smaller than Americas. But I hope Europeans dont start dreaming about big houses. Small houses are much more energy efficient. I also noticed how European food portions are smaller than Americas, and less food is good for health.


    I was also in London, and the high prices bankrupted me. I literally spent my 8 day funds, in 4 days. I then used the fact, that the airline lost my bag, as an excuse to get my ticket changed to a early flight back to Germany.

    While on the plane runway leaving, I was cursing London for taking all my money. But then I noticed I still had a pound coin in my pocket. I held the coin in my hand, and then I forgave London, at least I got to leave with a pound. I still have that coin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sculptor View Post
    average for us
    size = 250 sqm
    price, a tad over $200,000us @127-8 k pounds

    price per square foot varies greatly across the country, and is down the last few years

    I think for america it's pretty much expected that you live in bigger homes, your average size is what most of our middle classes aspire to these days. I find the building costs you've put some what cheaper than I was expecting, I thought that rising building costs was one of the contributary factors in the housing bubble over there. Over here in the UK they have seemed to have gone up at the same rate as property prices, but disproportionately high if meaured against inflation.

    When I was living in Germany one of things I noticed there was that people didn't live in shoe boxes like you find here, some of the apartments in London are no bigger than a coffin, how can anybody live in 20 sqm??? In Berlin you'd be looking at 120 - 160 sqm. Some of it is just crazy by comparison.

    I would be interested in seeing what the average sizes are in Australia, I would imagine it is probarbly one of only a few places where people actually live in houses as big as american homes, but I could be wrong on that one.
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    I thought that rising building costs was one of the contributary factors in the housing bubble over there
    It probably had little to nothing do with it.

    Various programs to give loans to people who couldn't afford it, in some cases even forcing banks to make them, had more than anything else to do with the bubble.
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    Australia, I would imagine it is probarbly one of only a few places where people actually live in houses as big as american homes, but I could be wrong on that one.
    Bzzzzztt. Wrong. We build the biggest houses in the world.

    Australian homes still the world's biggest
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
    Australia, I would imagine it is probarbly one of only a few places where people actually live in houses as big as american homes, but I could be wrong on that one.
    Bzzzzztt. Wrong. We build the biggest houses in the world.

    Australian homes still the world's biggest

    I was kinda surprised that Australia had the biggest houses in the world.

    And I also noticed in a picture in your link, that every house had a solar power panel on the roof.
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    every house had a solar power panel on the roof.
    Well, it's a picture of a new housing development. Round here in an established suburb - where a lot of the houses are rented rather than owner occupied, you'll only find about 20-25% of houses have solar.

    The thing I find amazing is that people in Australia still have any kind of water heating other than solar. This house has electric hot water which is driving me mad. The house is less than half the size of our old home but our solar system doesn't wipe out the whole of the power bill, and I blame the hot water. At the old house we had solar hot water and only ever turned on the supplementary heating for a few months in winter. We paid less/much the same for power there as we're paying now. Need another few quarters of more 'normal' Adelaide weather to see how it balances out.
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    Size of house on urban lot in British Columbia seems driven by cultural value attached to yard and garden. Vancouver's original wealthy neighbourhood, as planned by early developers, contains cute little 1-storey bungalows with plenty of space for trees and rhododendron collections and outdoor tea parties. Recent home-buyers come from apartment-dense regions and see wealth not in land but in having many rooms. Preference is for houses that look like apartment buildings, accommodate an extended family, often divided into suites. Lately the city of Vancouver is pushing hard with incentives for small detached "granny suites" or "laneway houses" built where a garage might have been, to increase density while retaining character. So the size of houses is going down.
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    Learning about the sizes of other people's houses around the world raises some interesting questions, just how a big a house do we really need or want? Do we want a house of a certain size because that is normal for the country or area or because we genuinely need the space or because it's a status thing? I've looked at some of the places people live in Japan and London and some seem ridiculously small, but the people who live there seem happy.

    It's just interesting to consider how much space is too much and how much is to little, or why we are willing to spend hundreds of thousands for that extra few square meters.
    Unlike many places in the world the UK is unusual as here when you go to an estate agents most of the time the houses advertised are by the number of bedrooms, yet across Europe they are advertised by the size, so you know how much house you're getting for your money and how much per square metre your paying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisgorlitz View Post
    The average building costs in the UK are between £1,000 - £2,000 per sqm and the average new build 3 bedroom semi- 79 sqm.

    That said most people here try have a 4 or 5 bedroom 2 bathroom detached of 180 - 250 sqm.

    What are the average house sizes and building costs in or other countries?

    The cost of building a home, minus the land, is the same everywhere, however, the price of having one built varies. The variation in price is due to regulations/requirements/rules combined with how much some folks take it in the rear (forgive my crude frankness) compared to others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gonzales56 View Post
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    The cost of building a home, minus the land, is the same everywhere, however, the price of having one built varies. The variation in price is due to regulations/requirements/rules combined with how much some folks take it in the rear (forgive my crude frankness) compared to others.
    Apologies for the harsh way I'm putting this but it necessary, the above statement about building costs being the same everywhere is in no way true, there can be quite some variation even within the same countries. I have personally been involved in building and renovating properties in several countries and have found huge variation from new build costs of only €40,000 for 110 sqm apartments in Varna to over €200,000 for 100 sqm apartments on the Costa del sol, I have also renovated apartment blocks in Germany and shops in the UK . There has been many factors effecting new build costs in different places, the only thing that has been really constant is that building costs are different for one location to another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisgorlitz View Post
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    The cost of building a home, minus the land, is the same everywhere, however, the price of having one built varies. The variation in price is due to regulations/requirements/rules combined with how much some folks take it in the rear (forgive my crude frankness) compared to others.
    Apologies for the harsh way I'm putting this but it necessary, the above statement about building costs being the same everywhere is in no way true, there can be quite some variation even within the same countries. I have personally been involved in building and renovating properties in several countries and have found huge variation from new build costs of only €40,000 for 110 sqm apartments in Varna to over €200,000 for 100 sqm apartments on the Costa del sol, I have also renovated apartment blocks in Germany and shops in the UK . There has been many factors effecting new build costs in different places, the only thing that has been really constant is that building costs are different for one location to another.
    And what is the cause of the price variations?
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    And what is the cause of the price variations?
    Mostly what the market will bare for material and labor cost. I'm facing this now as my wife and I consider moving away from the WA State Capital to Seattle concentration of people. There's almost a 20% in home building cost between we we live now and moving about 80 miles Westward toward the lower populated coast. Simple things like plumbers that charge $60/hour where I live now charge only about $30-35/hour on the coast; carpenters, electricians, roofers etc all have similar differences.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    And what is the cause of the price variations?
    Mostly what the market will bare for material and labor cost. I'm facing this now as my wife and I consider moving away from the WA State Capital to Seattle concentration of people. There's almost a 20% in home building cost between we we live now and moving about 80 miles Westward toward the lower populated coast. Simple things like plumbers that charge $60/hour where I live now charge only about $30-35/hour on the coast; carpenters, electricians, roofers etc all have similar differences.
    My advice to you is that Mexicans love to work and materials are best bought not by contractors/companies/workers but by those who need or want something built or fixed...
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    Ok to gage that we are going to need to know where it is you wish to build i.e city, country ect..., I can give you some advice on building in certain places in Europe however there is quite a vast variation, also what exactly your wanting to build, how big it is, any particular style of building you have in mind, your prefered building material and also your timescale ( generally speaking if you want it done quicker it will be more expensive ). The type and exact location of the site will also have a bearing. We would also need to know your prefered financing method as this can also significant impact on final costs.

    The more specific it is what you have in mind the more accurate an idea you can get of your final build cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ringkhong View Post
    I am planning to start a new small business so what will be approximate building cost?

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    If you are talking about total cost, everything included, it is going to depend on how much you can do yourself. I am also not sure what kind of business you plan on starting.
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