6 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Home Building Journey

Are you planning to build your home? Here are few essential things you must know about.
Accumulating the required budget and then to possess your own home is a desire, which everyone has in his/her life. An efficient planning is of vital importance to build better and manage cash-flow in a right fashion, so we thought it would be a nice idea to provide you with few elementary guidelines about House Construction Planning.

Given below are six imperative points that will aid you through the journey of building your home:

  1. FAR ( Floor Area Ratio ) / FSI ( Floor Space Index ) :

It is the ratio of total Built-up-Area ( B.U.A ) to the Plot (Land) area. Colloquially it means, a FAR of 1.35 being proposed by a development authority allows one to build 1350 square feet of BUA over a plot-area of 1000 square feet.

  1. Getting approvals:

Principal requirement before you start building home is to get concerned approvals which encompass overheads such as Plan Approval, Damp proof course (DPC), Occupation Certificate and few other secondary overheads.

  1. Building Cost:

Cost of building of your house primarily comprises of Design, Labor, and Material cost which typically are in proportion of 10%, 30%, and 60% respectively.

  1. Material Cost:

In a nutshell, more than half of total cost, i.e. material cost constitutes of
RCC* -Masonry(35%) and Finishing cost(65%), where Finishing includes Flooring, Painting, Plumbing, Electrical, and External development( Balcony & open area ).

  1. Choose right materials:

It’s not the beauty of a house you should look at; it’s the construction of foundation that will stand the test of time. Therefore, to build better, it is important to know benefits of few materials. For e.g. AAC block, which is fire resistant and maintains air quality inside, can be used as a substitute to conventional clay bricks. The selection of correct steel bar is also vital in terms of durability. For e.g. TMT bar is more corrosion resistant, ductile, and has more weld-ability in comparison to conventional mild steel bars.

  1. Managing the cash – flow:

It can be done efficiently if you know the schedule of your house construction. A typical floor starts from basic structural work which includes RCC* work, brickwork and plaster-work. This generally takes 30 days to conclude. After that finishing work begins which includes painting, flooring, bathroom, kitchen, electrical works and external development, taking approximately another 25-30 days to conclude.


Building a new home is a journey full of both hard work and exciting times. It is always good to keep a little guideline about home building handy. There is a lot more to know. Just stay tuned to Buildzar, your home building partner to get more home building tips.

1 Comment
  1. Sandeep

    I would somewhat disagree with you as I think you need to look at both, the beauty as well as the foundation part. One without the other, doesn’t a good house make. Agreed, a house without an appropriate foundation would be dangerous and at a high risk of collapsing under certain conditions but a house without beauty & proper finish would not really be called a good house either. However the concept of beauty is something that can be called variable, though not always. That is why, what you might call as beautiful, could be totally ugly to me. Also you could use the best of materials and designers but without proper workmanship and poor masonary artisans, you could end up with a very shoddy construction and dangerous as well. I must add here that somehow, beauty is something that has vanished from today’s houses and been replaced by mass produced opulence, Opulence which is more expensive and less utilitarian. Good finish and opulence are not necessarily the same thing though one is being increasingly used in place of the other and thus generating confusion.

    The advances in construction technology ( TMT bars, energy efficient windows. air pockets as insulators etc) are great but the houses seem to be becoming a factory produced commodity with glass facades rather having an individual identity of their own. A house can be beautiful, robust, energy efficient, utilitarian, long lasting and most importantly earthquake resistant all at the same time. All this can be achieved without compromising on the other and by the use of appropriate materials and still reducing the cost. Also you seem to have totally obliterated the concept of mosaic , mosaic floors and some other conventional materials from your write-up. Perhaps certain materials might not further your business interests and I totally understand that.

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