They may not be the most popular choice here in the UK, but there are many very good reasons to build a bungalow.
Single-storey living can be blissfully convenient, especially if you have mobility issues. Everything’s all on one level and within easy reach, with no stairs to navigate. A bungalow can also give you a better connection to outdoor spaces, ideal for those who love that indoor/outdoor feel.
In this guide, we’ll look at the average cost to build a bungalow in the UK, to help you plan your exciting project.
How much does it cost to build a bungalow in the UK?
The cost of building a bungalow in the UK depends on the size and complexity of the structure. Keep your plans simple and your costs are likely to be lower.
There are lots of things to take into account when planning your project, just like building any kind of house. You’ll need to factor in the cost of materials, groundworks and labour. And don’t forget about the final finish, such as electrics, utilities, flooring, plastering and decoration.
In total, the average total cost of building a bungalow can range from anywhere between £181,000 and £552,000. This is because the cost of a bungalow is heavily influenced by land costs and the size of the plot. These costs vary significantly across the UK. Since bungalows tend to be more sprawling, land costs tend to be significantly higher anyway. For materials and labour the cost is roughly the same per square meter as a house, so cost is influenced by spec and finish.
|Cost provided item||Low cost||High cost||Average cost|
|Bungalow cost per square metre||£1,500||£3,000||£2,250|
|Total cost to build a bungalow||£135,000||£270,000||£202,500|
|Total cost to build a bungalow (including land costs)||£181,000||£552,000||£366,500|
How much does it cost to build a 3-bed bungalow?
The average bungalow in the UK has two bedrooms. You can of course add a third bedroom, a great option for family living. But bear in mind that adding extra bedrooms is likely to increase the cost.
It costs around £1,500 to £3,000 a square metre to build a bungalow. To calculate the likely cost of your project, including any extra bedrooms, work out your ideal bungalow size in square metres.
Other costs to consider when building a bungalow
Along with all the build costs, there are other fees and charges you need to bear in mind. For example, fees for architectural and structural engineering services. You may also need to pay fees to apply for planning permission.
It’s also worth keeping mind, if you’re thinking of having a dormer, that the costs of adding the dormer can push the entire project into the same price range as building a house.
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How long does it take to build a bungalow?
The time it takes to build a bungalow depends on the size of the house, as well as the complexity and specifications of the design. But on average, it should take around 20-24 weeks to build a bungalow. Remember that this timeline is likely to be extended if you run into any complications during the build.
Is a bungalow cheaper to build than a two-storey house?
Bungalows are not usually considered as cost-effective per square metre as multi-storey houses. This is because you essentially need to pay for double the groundworks to get the same footprint as a two-storey home. However, you can potentially keep costs down if you keep the design of your bungalow as simple as possible.
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