Cost to build a house in Auckland

Do you want to build a 200-square-meter home with four bedrooms, two and a half baths, a gourmet kitchen, walk in open plan shower, games room and three-car garage in Auckland? How can I estimate the cost to build the house in Auckland?

Answer: Previous reports from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the average cost-per-square-meter to build a home in Auckland is on average $2000 -$2500 + gst

Now wipe those numbers from your mind.


Building contractors generally agree that cost-per-square-meter is a terrible way to budget for a home, because there are so many variables involved. Do you insist on top-of-the-line cabinets and appliances for your designer kitchen, or will mid-range ones do? Are you planning to side the house with cheap weatherboard or expensive stone & brick? Is the house going to be one story, or two? (The latter is generally cheaper because the foundation is smaller.) Will you have simple, rectangular rooms that minimize the materials and the labour required for framing, or unusual shapes like octagons with vaulted ceilings? What sort of flooring, bathroom fixtures and heating and cooling system will you have? Is the lot easy to access, relatively flat and easy to dig, or is it rocky, heavily wooded and uneven? [

There are a few Web-based calculators that can help you make rough cost calculations. One easy-to-use, free one is , which is a general cost of building a house, but also for location, down to the city level. But bear in mind that this and other calculators won’t give you an exact estimate, since ultimately that will be determined by the profit margins of the builder you hire — information you can’t really know in advance.

So if you go the site-built route, we suggest that you start with a dollar amount that you’re willing to spend. Interview at least three builders and check their LBP licenses and references and look at their work.

Once you’ve found someone you like and trust (Like our New Home Builders), the two of you can take your preliminary budget and work backwards, including the must-haves and eliminating the mere wish-I-hads as money allows.

Be sure to keep a cushion of at least 10% to 20% of the total project cost to cover last-minute changes, delays and other problems you can’t foresee (for example, the cost of timber spiking mid-project, unavailability of fittings etc).

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