Construct your own bungalow
The cost of constructing an independent house can range from 700 per sq ft to 1,200 per sq ft, depending on the design
While there are significant advantages in buying a ready bungalow from a reputed developer, many individuals prefer to build their own homes as per their own specifications. Here are some guidelines on constructing your own bungalow:
Obviously, the first thing that is required for constructing your own bungalow is a suitable plot. The next important hurdle that you have to clear is getting the necessary permits from the concerned authorities. This would include a no-objection-certificate with regards to land use from the local zoning authority, a building permit from the municipal corporation, load approval from the electricity board, etc. It is best to use the services of an experienced architect or contractor, since such professionals are familiar with the process.
If the plot is being marketed
₹ The overall costs of constructing your own bungalow would include the price of the plot, the stamp duty payable to the government upon purchase, the cost of obtaining statutory clearances from various authorities, the cost of obtaining an electricity connection, the cost of raw materials used in construction, the cost of construction labour and the fees of the architect and/ or contractor, says Arvind Jain, MD, Pride Group, Pune.
The costs vary depending on where the plot is located. While the cost of building materials would remain more or less the same everywhere, the cost of labour and also statutory permits may differ in urban, semirural and rural areas.
The cost of constructing an independent house can range from ₹ 700 per sq ft to ₹ 1,200 per sq ft, depending on various factors such as the house design, quality of materials used, etc. The entire construction process involves excavation, foundation, stonework and brickwork, roofing and waterproofing, flooring, doors and windows, internal and external finishes, water supply and electricity connections and sanitary works, he says.
The cost of steel, cement, sand and labour have increased significantly in recent times, and are set to go up further. This must also be accounted for as part of the construction cost
Local FSI norms
FSI (Floor Space Index) norms laid out for urban areas must be adhered to. However, many semi-urban and rural areas are not bound by regulations with regards to mandatory parking and open space provision, rules pertaining to structural safety or construction regulations such as FSI.
The FSI norms within which you can construct your own bungalow will not be the same from area to area, and this mainly depends on which corporation limits the plot falls under, or if it falls under gram panchayat jurisdiction. These are the three main aspects to be considered for the construction of a bungalow, but it is by no means a complete list. Considering the complexities involved, it often makes sense to buy a bungalow rather than construct one.