Indian Builders vs Kit Houses

#1 Jun 2nd, 2016, 19:39
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I wonder if anyone has thought about buying a kit house and having it shipped over rather than deal with Indian builders ?

I am not sure how long it would take to get a house built, but I hear it takes a very long stressful and stupid time making your hair go white, and is it cheaper, maybe not, kit homes are quite cheap in some places. Stick it on a boat, ship it to one of the southern ports then on a lorry up the mountain or wherever, drop it in place. Ba-Da ! House.

Wow that sounds good.
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And who will assemble those trailer park, prefab houses ?
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I was thinking more like Finnish Log houses, but there are many types these days.
Who assembles them ? Good question. I was thinking that a house could be split into 2 pieces, and carried on the back of 2 trucks, or 2 containers. So then you lay them side by side and stick them together with Duck Tape.
In fact some hones are already designed to fit on a trailer, modularly.
How much does it cost to build a house in India ? In money, the cost in stress and bullshit-talken is well known.
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Costs to construct here vary too widely (by region, by material used, by specialization of person employed) for anyone to comment without some details from your end along the lines of the three I've mentioned.
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There are kit cabins in India being used for beach accomodation. I suspect these kits were Chinese. From the web, many Chinese firms produce kit cabins and houses for export.

For some cabins in Goa see: http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...-cabin-palolem

http://www.indiamike.com/india-image...h-huts-palolem
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Modern wooden construction in India is restricted to Northern mountain region. In the plains and south, it the cost prohibitive over the life-span of the house, where expectancy for houses to last over hundred years is normal.

Though people add, modify and mutate the original house, it still remains brick and concrete.

Whether it is prefab, or it is industrially produced component house, one needs to have competent laborers and mistry equiv. to put it together. It is slightly more involved than IKEA instructions. Even Jimmy Carter's Habitat for Humanity projects have competent engineers overseeing the building of the houses.

There were some prefab prototypes done four decades ago that might be on display in Hijili IIT, and Engg College, Architecture Deptt. Trivandrum.
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What is the actual final total cost of building a house in India.

Anyone have any numbers for any type of property ?
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Originally Posted by rideforever View Post What is the actual final total cost of building a house in India.

Anyone have any numbers for any type of property ?
Very difficult to say without any specifications from you.
1. will you supervise the construction yourself(if you are a civil engineer etc) or you will employ a contractor
2. labour costs vary widely across states.
3. Material costs vary across states
4. a single story house will have very different construction parameters than a three story one - so costs per sqr foot will be different
5. what kind of finishes do you want to use?

A very, very rough estimate - assuming you will do the supervision yourself with labours hired by you (ie no contractor) would be around Rs 1200 to 1500 per sqr feet. This is for kolkata BTW.

Again - this is a very approximate figure. the main cost in India is the cost of the land.
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Okay, well if you bought some land in the Western Ghats and build a modest 3 bed house with a half-acre garden, how much will it cost ?
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Rural area? Urban area?
Very rough gestimate of the construction cost would be the same - between Rs 1200 to Rs 1500 per sqr feet.
What would be the approximate square footage of your house? 1000? 1500? 2000?

So, if 1000 sq feet then approx cost is Rs 12 lakhs to 15 lakhs. Again - very very rough estimate. Can differ by 50 to 60% on either side.
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Kit houses are available in India. No need to import them completely.

I've been looking at this question myself for some years. A study recently came out (April 2015) comparing Indian prefab houses with conventional construction. It puts the cost of constructing a luxurious double storey house in the conventional manner at about 60 lakhs, and a prefab at about 70 lakhs. The time taken is about five months for a conventional house and two months for a prefab.

The study can be accessed here:

http://ijiset.com/vol2/v2s4/IJISET_V2_I4_76.pdf
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Modern wooden construction in India is restricted to Northern mountain region. In the plains and south, it the cost prohibitive over the life-span of the house, where expectancy for houses to last over hundred years is normal.
Wooden cabins are particularly suitable for beach huts in Goa. These must be demountable for storage during the tourism off season.
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Originally Posted by unclelach View Post Wooden cabins are particularly suitable for beach huts in Goa. These must be demountable for storage during the tourism off season.
Possibly true, I was focussing on all-year-around constructions.

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