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Old 23rd September 2007, 08:24   #1 (permalink)
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Building your own

Hi,

Just having a few thoughts about buying a plot of land and building something for ourselves.

The house we have is too big for us (four bed triplex) we would like something smaller. we would like a two storey, two bedroom house with large terrace, but no pool.
We have no idea what costs for this would be. We would like to have it partially built in stone.
Has anyone built their own and have any even vague idea of what the cost would be?

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Re: Building your own

When we had our place built in 2006 we paid £450 a square meter in Dalyan. That included the built in wardrobes, kitchen, bathrooms (3) etc. Don't think the prices have changed that much. Hope this helps

Forgot to add we used a local architect in Ortaca called Arda, He speaks English and is very good, we changed the internal layout a number of times till it was just what we wanted. I can PM you his email address if you want.
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Re: Building your own

If you want to have a property built in stone then it will be considerably more expensive than normal brick. The location of the site and its gradient, the access issues and availability of specialist labour in your area will also have an impact on the price.

I am always very wary of builders who can give you a m2 price for a new build when you don't even have a plot! I can tell you how much per m2 the last house I built cost by dividing the final total by the meterage but to apply that to any old new build would be pretty silly. Particularly if you want one in stone.

Also bear in mind that new build permission can be quite expensive - anything up to 20,000 ytl depending on the area. So that needs to be figured into your budget.

Best idea, work with someone who will understand your needs and your budget, draw up a massive wish list of everything you could possibly want and then get it costed and then you can start subtracting stuff to meet your budget.

Buy land first/get design first - chicken and egg scenario but if you can outline your major can't live without desires in your new home first you can get a good idea of price and then if you buy a sensible piece of land with good access and not a verticle plot on the side of a mountain off a goat track then you shouldnt be too far out.

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Re: Building your own

Hi Ann,

We're in the finishing stages of building our own, or at least overseeing the build of our own house on a plot just 15 minutes from Bodrum and we have found from experience that the initial quote means next to nothing unless you have a watertight contract with a reputable firm! We decided to use all local workmen after our first house cost us a fortune to finish from shell and this worked out to be considerably cheaper. This means however that you have to either employ a very good site manager or be on the plot at least 5 days a week or things can go very wrong. We had a total metre squared price to build the shell, including all flooring (chosen by ourselves to a budget), rendering, electrics and plumbing, then put in the windows, doors, internal doors, kitchen, bathrooms etc ourselves. It's a lot of work, but worked out so much cheaper but as I said you have to be there to do this. Karyn is right about the chicken and egg scenario but I would suggest that if you definately want a particular design of house you stick to that and find a piece of land to suit that rather than the other way around, we changed our house plans to suit the land and are now having second thoughts!

Good luck with your build, I thought it was a bit pointless telling you of prices as they are bound to be different in Bodrum to where you are, but if you want moer info just pm me

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Hi all,

Thanks for all of the info-it is very useful, lot's of things we hadn't thought of!

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Re: Building your own

There are always loads of things you havent thought of, so take your time because now is the right time. Think of all the things your would love in a house, keep a piece of paper in the kitchen and jot down thoughts whenever you have them, rip a lot of pages from magazines and build a scrapbook of stuff you like, never mind the cost or the practicalities now, just get a list of loves. Then work with someone who can whittle that down for you and make it into a practical proposition.

If you are going to go to the trouble of building a house then make it different, make it special to you and don't just get some bog standard box that an architect has on his computer in a folder marked Templates!

Your ideas and your thoughts are the only free bit in this so make the most of them and really think about what you want - walk in showers, storage for 300 pairs of shoes, bookcases, a bath with a view, stairs you can still walk up when you are 70, a cosy office to write that novel in. All the things you ever wanted, now is the time to think about them because no Turkish architect will even consider the fact that you are going to age or you have dreams he has never considered!

Have fun with it, it can be fun. I spent four hours the other day going through a house design with a guy, it is going to be his final home (probably) and so its really really important to him. So, loads of coffee, loads of cigarettes, loads of ideas, long lists of wants, quick sketches, rummaging through design references - all exciting and fun. The planning is the energising, dreaming, looking inside someones head part of it before you get to the wading in mud and arguing with builders phase. The more time you take now the better the chances are of it meeting your expectations in the future.

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