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House Construction Costs

Volume 414: debated on Monday 15 October 1945

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asked the Minister of Works the respective price and estimated cost per house of 900 superficial feet in 1938, and for the most recent convenient date, of each of the principal materials used in the construction of a traditional house.

Before the War even identical materials were sold at different prices according to circumstances, locality and size of order, and to a lesser extent this also applies to present day building. The following figures must therefore be regarded as lying somewhere within a wide range of variation:

Bricks54s. per 10005680s. per 100084
Excluding fabricationPer standardPer standard
Cement47s. ton2068s. ton29
Sand and Ballast6s. cu. yd.1710s. cu. yd.28
Roofing Tiles67s. per 100015140s. per 100031
Other Materials130200
The figure of timber cost refers to raw material only and does not include the manufacturing cost of such items as doors, cupboards and staircase. (Ministry of Works—11th October, 1945.)