Average cost of building a 3 bedroom house in Kenya
Average cost of building a 3 bedroom house in Kenya + Cost Calculator
Renting a house in Kenya is getting quite expensive and more Kenyans are looking into building a house rather than buying /renting. This paradigm shift is happening very fast and information regarding estimated cost of building a house is important. We have prepared an information article plus construction calculator to help you.
Typically, most three bedroom houses is the fact that they have three main bedroom (master bedroom en suite), a living rooms , dining area and a kitchen. A common toilets and bathrooms included.
There is a growing trend towards adoption of open plan kitchen layout in Kenya, and three bedroom houses are no exception. These types of layouts are quite prevalent in the western world, where individuals living within apartments and single bedroom units make use of the entire house as one space.
What is the average cost of building a 3 bedroom house?
Cost of building a 3 bedroom house varies a lot but depends on many factors such as the location, soil type, typography of land, size of the building (plinth area) and specification of materials among other factors.
Construction of any project including a 3 bedroom house is done in stages and each stage has its cost component. Below is the percentage allocation of every stage:
- Substructure/Foundation – which includes foundations and slab:- 15%
- Superstructure – which includes the main frame and walls:- 13%
- Roofing – which includes trusses, mabatis, gutters,labour and other materials:- 21%
- Doors &Windows – which includes doors, windows, and other security measures:- 11%
- Finishing– which include plastering, tiling, painting, etc:- 25%
- Interior fittings – which include closets, cabinets, kitchens, etc:- 4%
- Plumbing fixings – which include sinks, showers, taps, flushing toilet, etc:- 5%
- Electrical installations – which include sockets, switches, wiring, etc:- 6%
It is important to understand that the highlighted points are quite general and can only give you a rough estimate of total costs.
We have categorize the major cost factors that significantly brings cost varies of any project
Quality of finishes
The quality of materials commonly have a huge impact on construction cost. Take for example hard wood flooring vs tile flooring, hard wood flooring will cost almost double the cost of tiles thus significantly affect the total cost. High quality finishes often classified as Executive Finishing (like hardwood floor, decra roof, gypsum ceiling,…etv) will significantly increase construction costs.
To bring it into perspective, building a modest house (with standard finishes) in Nairobi costs can about Sh. 30,000 per square metre (SQM), and a high-end home costs upwards with executive finishing can cost up to Sh 45,000 per square metre.
The internal and external features of a house are key determinants of building costs. Reducing the size and number of windows, for example, can lower your building costs while using vaulted ceilings and high roof pitches can greatly increase your costs.
If you want your house to have a rectangular shape, then it will cost you less cash than a person who is going for a house with angles as well as corners. The corners and angles will result to requirement of intensive labor not forgetting the fact that more materials will be required. The shape of the roof can also add or reduce the cost of building a house. For instance, a hip roof requires more materials and labor than a gable one.
Size of the house (plinth area)
The size of a house is also an important consideration.The more spacious the house is, the higher the plinth area and since the building cost is done st per square metre (SQM). Cost per square metre is from Ksh.30,000 and above as indicated above. The average plinth area of a 3 bed-roomed bungalow is 100 m2, therefore total costs will be 100m2 X 30,000/- = Ksh. 3M. Check the calculator below for your customized plinth area and finishes.
Note: With this information however, you will require the services of a quantity surveyor for an accurate and detailed budget estimates.
Check estimated construction cost using the calculator below!
How To Use The Calculator
Step 1: Adjust the Plinth Area to estimated Total Area of your upcoming house. E.g, 2 Bedroom = 60 Square Metres, 3 Bedroom from 80 Square Metres, etc…
Step 2 : Choose the Type of Finishing, Roofing Type and Flooring Type. Approximate project cost will be indicated below this.
Step 3: You can also include contact details and submit