Sunday, February 09, 2014

What does Gray/Grey Structure mean in construction? What is included in GRAY STRUCTURE and what is NOT?

All what looks gray when completed is called gray structure. Following items come in gray structure but need to get agreed before singing a contract.
  1. Foundation
  2. Walls
  3. Roof
  4. Cement Plaster to wall
  5. Under ground water tank
  6. Roof water Tank
  7. Septic tank also



Following items (in general) are NOT included in GRAY STRUCTURE:
  • Boundary wall is generally priced separately.
  • None of the services like electric, sewage water, woodwork and painting are included in gray structure works.
  • Flooring marble tiles Aluminum steelworks and face work are NOT get counted in it and called Finishing works.
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34 comments:

  1. Aoa
    I want to know how much labour cost would be approx for 2 storey house 10 marla corner 65*32 near thokkar niaz baig lahore. and also tell me how much money i am going to need in making that house.
    Thanks

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    1. dear majid asghar,
      Labour Cost (or any cost) in construction is generally dependant upon the covered area of some project (not the size of plot). Some people cover as much as place for construction while the other leave open space.
      Generally a covered area of 10 Marla plot is around 3,500 square ft. In this situation the labour cost would be in between Rs.8 Lac to Rs.8.50 Lac.
      Depending upon the quality of construction and finishing standard you need to have Rs.65 Lac to Rs.75 Lac.

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    2. Thanks for your reply
      I heard and read that 40 Lac would be enough to build 10 marla house. and also tell me which 1 would be suitable financially. I hire a contractor('s material) or our material and hire just services.

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    3. The information you had may be old as rates have increased during last two years.
      Secondly (as I already mentioned) the cost depends upon covered area not the plot size and quality of construction.
      The cost and quality would only be controlled when you hire only services.
      Good luck!

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  2. Anonymous6:16 am

    Yesterday, I went to Bahria Town Sector-D and I met few contractors. I asked them i want to construct a 10 marla house. How much it will cost me? they all said to me 40-42 lacs for a 10 marla house (3300 square feet) for normal cost. if i will go for spanish tiles, imported fittings then it will cost me more.

    After that i went to they building material store and find the prices of cement, blocks, iron, sand, tiles, wood, fittings and i realize that if some one use money wisely they can make a 10 marla house in 40-42 lacs.

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    1. Anonymous3:25 am

      Can you mention here the prices of above mentioned items.

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    2. Salaam - I am not in the position to provide the rates of all items as my informmation are based upon construction of two houses only. Rates keep on changing from time to time. You may get some idea from following post:

      http://kaisrani.blogspot.com/2013/10/latest-contruction-rates-in-lahore.html

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  3. Anonymous9:59 pm

    @Anonymous, when someone start their house, he gets all information and conclude as you thought. However usually when he complete his house, he nearly become MAD. In have recently built my home of 10 marla double story of total covered area 3064 sq.ft costs 70 lakh. I appreciate Mr. Hussain Kaisrani expert view that 10 marla cost 65~75 Lakh depending upon quality of finished items.
    around 65 if you go lamination doors, china tiles
    around 70 lakh if you go for diyar+lasani doors + good quality china tiles
    around 75 lakh if you go for diyar doors + spanish tiles
    regards,

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    1. I agree with you 100% as i am constructing my 10 Marla House in Bahria and just on Grey Structure with A+ Material I have spent almost 45 Lacs and finishing stage is about to start which can roughly vacuum around 20-25 Lacs more.

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  4. Hussain Kaisrani is right. The target of 10 marla home @ 40-42 lac is hard to achieve.
    We are constructing two 5 marla (Total 10 marla) homes in Bahria Sector D. Gray structure cost us 38 lac, although we are buying construction material ourselves and paying only labor charges to the contractor.

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  5. Anonymous10:50 am

    And how much it will cost to make 8 marla double story house

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    1. Salaam,
      We can not calculate the cost of some proposed house until we have its covered area.
      A standard 8 Marla double storey house has covered area of 2500 square ft.
      For a good quality of construction one should have a budget of Rs.60 Lac.
      Thanks.

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  6. Anonymous10:51 am

    kaisrani sb slaam, plz tell that it is generally believed that contractor uses low quality and cheap masons as it is obvious that he has also to earn about 30% of total labour cost received. If we use experienced and skilled masons on daily(daihaari) basis, although it is old-fashioned these days , will it not be more useful and economical than contractor using its own labour ?? thanks

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  7. sir my name is abubakar i live in 3 marla home in lahore my home is single story .i have 2 rooms 1 bath and kitchen can you tell me how much money i require for second story please tell me sir

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  8. How much boundry wall cost of one kanal plot (45*90) and average main gate ?

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  9. i want to know the cost of completing house if i bought 10 marla house grey structure?

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  10. Dear Mr, Hussaian Kaisrani.
    I really appreciate your efforts and kindness that you are providing such good info to needy peoples,
    I need some help and guideline that i have purchased 20 x 40 feet plot in Lahore. but i have just 800,000/- only. how i could manage the construction please advise.
    your efforts will be appreciate. regards Kashif

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    1. Salaam,
      You need to arrange more funds to complete the house. If no chance yet then start with the name of Allah and complete it in steps.
      Good Luck!

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  11. Dear Kaisrani Sb,
    Advise for basement, if sewerage is higher what is solution? 2nd, min covered area in 1 K plot is mostly advised ?(basement)

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    1. Salaam dear Saleem Awan Sahib, Sorry to disappoint you, my information in this matter is very limited. Thanks.

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  12. Anonymous6:27 pm

    Aoa Dear Mr Kaisrani.....The construction cost of 10 marla house...i.e appx 70 lacs...does it also include the basement portion or just ground floor and 1st floor..? Regards Dr Adnan

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    1. Salaam Dr Adnan - The estimated cost is only for a standard house (not with basement). Basement increases the cost a lot.

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  14. Assalamo Alaikum! Is it possible that you can give a complete list of items [average and best quality] - a comprehensive list that we can keep in hand when we plan to buy these items to build a house?
    regards

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    1. W Salaam,
      Due to so many factors related to it, it is not practically possible (or at least useful) to provide this list.
      When some one is involved in practical construction, all these details are not much required.
      Thanks.

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  15. Can you please share details how much cost would be in building a 7 marla single story 40*41 ? I am asking about the grey structure. Thanks

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    1. The rate is calculated per square ft of covered area. Please visit the following link for further detail. Thanks.
      http://kaisrani.blogspot.com/2013/10/latest-contruction-rates-in-lahore.html

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  16. Salam to all
    I need some help of an expert.I've some land 48 feet long X 28 feet width kind a 1344 sqft..Its map is already done by a friend of me who is civil engineer but currently out of touch...basic foundation also already done...I want to go for grey structure...Be noted that the said property is in Hafizabad..Mostly ppl start saying cost shall be per square feet but am not interested in it coz I myself shall provide the material to masons....so before start working on grey structure I want to know how many number of bricks, cement, sand, crush and steel I need? Be noted that we want to construct it double storey..Height of walls around 26 feet...
    So anybody pls help me..

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    1. papi,
      It is not practically possible to provide the information required by you. Sorry.

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  17. Anonymous12:30 am

    Dear Hussain,

    If you have idea of cost of building house in Rawalpindi (Plot Size 40 x 70) - Sowan Garden), please share. appreciate if you could breakdown the cost in Grey Structure and Finishing.

    Regards

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  18. Sir i am interested in building a gray plaza on a 100x35 area, just pillar like structure and planning to rent it out and finishing be done by tenants. Can you give me estimate of expenses per floor on this gray structure? Only floors and pillars. Thanks

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  19. Sir i am interested in building a gray plaza on a 100x35 area, just pillar like structure and planning to rent it out and finishing be done by tenants. Can you give me estimate of expenses per floor on this gray structure? Only floors and pillars. Thanks

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  20. Hi, I just want to know how much iron is usually used in 14 Marla house double story with total covered area 4500 sq feet. Estimate of iron in plinth beam and lentar
    Thanks

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