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

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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:

The plot

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.


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