Square meter rates –
not all homes are born equal!!
choosing a builder, many people are tempted to compare the square metre rate.
Let us give you 2 reasons why this is a BIG mistake…
#1: Think back to a time you bought something by the metre. Perhaps it was
some carpet, material for a dress or curtains, or a length of rope at the
hardware store. Let me ask you this question: when comparing different carpets
(or materials or ropes… or whatever) did the per metre price vary much? Of
course it did. Why?
obvious – different types of carpet (or material or rope… or houses) are very
different in quality. One carpet may be made of wool while another is
synthetic. One type of material may be handmade while another may come from an
automated machine. And one rope may have a breaking strain of 1 ton while
another can’t hold 100kg.
average home contains hundreds of different ‘ingredients’ including carpet,
bricks, tiles, taps, sinks, paint, timber, glass etc. And all of these
materials come in different qualities. On top of that, the way in which these
materials are assembled into a finished house differs in quality and attention
variances are almost infinite. So comparing one builder’s price of $1,000 per
square metre to another’s price of $2,000 per square metre is exactly like
trying to compare an orange with a lemon. The differences are many, not just
house design is different. Some houses are square, some houses are ‘L’ shaped,
and others have many different angles and shapes. While 3 different houses may
all have the same internal dimension (square metres) the quantity of building
materials that go into these homes will vary greatly in quantity depending on
these two designs...
an internal area of 200 square metres. But the house on the right has 78%
greater wall area and will require more guttering, more bricks, and metres more
cladding. It will probably have more windows and doors. And it will need at
least several litres more paint.
be fooled into trying to compare house prices via square metre rates. The
variables are too great. And you may find you end up with a lemon when you
really wanted an orange.
builder can give you great design ideas that add impact and style without
increasing the price.