We get asked that a lot. How much a square meter?
The reality is, for custom-built projects, there is no set rate. That’s because no site conditions are the same, and no clients are the same.
A square meterage rate can be useful at the outset when formulating a starting budget. If the client has X amount of budget, then the size of the building is approximately that divided by the rate. This rate needs to be verified by the builder by doing a proper quote. More often, the rate applied at the beginning of the design process is different to the ultimate cost.
A proper quote requires the builder to fully understand the plan, the scope of work, site conditions, and the time constraints. Like building lego pieces, each component is priced accordingly before being assembled to produce the final figure.