Average Construction Cost for Two-Story Houses in the Philippines

A friend told us that there are a lot of Filipinos who want to know the average price of house construction in the Philippines. For simplicity, most engineers would only say per square meter price of the house, roughly 20,000-25,000 Pesos. True, those prices are close to reality but is too vague for a layman’s point of view. For sure clients want actual numbers. Like how much would the construction of ceiling be, the tiling works, the foundation and others. This is a detailed bill of quantity for an average Filipino to know how much would it need to construct their two-story houses. This is inspired from one of our actual projects. the construction materials cost is as of 2019 prices. The floor plan below corresponds to the detailed bill of quantity after it. Average 2 Story House Sample - Ground Flooraverage
Work Breakdown Structure Amount (PhP) Rel. Wtd (%)
Preliminaries
Preliminaries ₱95,150.00 2.70%
I. Structural Works
Foundation ₱99,012.77 2.81%
Ground Floor ₱237,570.34 6.74%
Second Floor ₱200,043.14 5.68%
>>> sub total ₱536,626.25 15.23%
Metal Works
Roof Framing – Truss Works ₱322,321.21 9.14%
Metal Fabrication (Steel gratings/capping, drain area) ₱39,692.58 1.13%
Metal Railings (To Balcony and stairs) ₱59,910.31 1.70%
>>> sub total ₱421,924.10 11.97%
II. Architectural Works
Masonry
Exterior Wall – (and Firewall)
Ground Floor (Including stiffiner columns and lintel beams) ₱80,201.24 2.28%
Second Floor (Including stiffiner columns and lintel beams) ₱101,196.32 2.87%
Interior Wall
Ground Floor ₱66,420.58 1.88%
Second Floor ₱101,681.42 2.88%
>>> sub total ₱349,499.56 9.92%
Finishes
Cement Plastering
to exterior wall
Ground Floor ₱25,459.22 0.72%
Second Floor ₱25,737.79 0.73%
To Interior Wall
Ground Floor ₱36,023.11 1.02%
Second Floor ₱46,258.04 1.31%
>>> sub total ₱133,478.16 3.79%
Painting Works
Ceiling Boards
Exterior ₱16,030.52 0.45%
Interior ₱33,114.22 0.94%
Elastomeric Paint
to exterior wall ₱68,252.15 1.94%
to interior wall ₱78,076.13 2.22%
>>> sub total ₱195,473.01 5.55%
Ceiling Works
Exterior Ceiling Boards ₱57,969.24 1.64%
Interior Ceiling Boards ₱85,837.26 2.44%
>>> sub total ₱143,806.50 4.08%
Thermal and Moisture Protection
Dampoofing and Waterproofing Works (Toilet and terrace) ₱28,877.90 0.82%
Roof Insulation – including roofing shingles, gutter, ridge, etc. ₱289,290.75 8.21%
>>> sub total ₱318,168.65 9.03%
Tiling Works ₱205,159.06 5.82%
Cabinetry, Caseworks and Countertops ₱55,435.75 1.57%
Doors and Windows ₱150,977.59 4.28%
Wood, Plastics and Composites ₱89,817.45 2.55%
Glazing Works (Shower enclosure, glass balustrade on terrace) ₱81,174.85 2.30%
Specialties  (Toilet and bath accessories) ₱6,537.04 0.19%
III. Plumbing Works
Domestic Waterline ₱54,219.00 1.54%
Sanitary and Drainage ₱85,517.00 2.43%
Facility Septic Tank ₱55,180.00 1.57%
Storm Line ₱30,024.00 0.85%
Plumbing Fixtures ₱39,979.00 1.13%
>>> sub total ₱264,919.00 7.52%
IV. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Testing, Adjusting and Balancing for HVAC ₱16,098.79 0.46%
HVAC Pipings – Refrigerant Pipes, Condensate Drain and Insulations ₱18,982.88 0.54%
HVAC Ducts and Casings (Kitchen exhaust, ducts and vents on comfort rooms), ₱38,393.46 1.09%
HVAC Fans and Blowers ₱11,793.60 0.33%
>>> sub total ₱85,268.73 2.42%
V. Electrical Works
Grounding and Bonding with support & consumables ₱10,797.30 0.31%
Low Voltage Electrical Power Conductors & Cables ₱121,545.72 3.45%
Raceway & Boxes ₱38,890.25 1.10%
Commissioning of Electrical Systems ₱8,750.00 0.25%
Switchboards and Panelboards ₱27,083.10 0.77%
Electricity Metering ₱11,249.28 0.32%
Wiring Devices ₱44,709.51 1.27%
Interior Lighting ₱56,118.75 1.59%
>>> sub total ₱319,143.91 9.05%
Communications
Grounding and Bonding with support & consumables ₱13,162.50 0.37%
Voice and Data Communications ₱19,828.33 0.56%
Audio-Video Communications, CATV System ₱22,006.75 0.62%
>>> sub total ₱54,997.58 1.56%
Electronic Safety and Security – Fire Detection/Alarm ₱5,096.00 0.14%
External Works ₱11,963.69 0.34%
>>> GRAND TOTAL ₱3,524,616.86 100.00%

This is a mid-range cost house. Average timeline for this house from the excavation to finishing is around 8 months to 12 months.  The prices above comes with the labor, materials and equipment cost.

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This is only a guide and you will need a professional technical person to asses the cost based on your location. Anyhow, let us know how this post helped you by commenting, liking and sharing! 

35 thoughts on “Average Construction Cost for Two-Story Houses in the Philippines”

  1. Good morning. To provide prospective house owners the true cost of a house per square meter, highly recommend you include the cost of preparing Detailed Engineering Drawings and Documents required for Permitting; Supervision by a Qualified Architect or Engineer during Construction (if not included in the Detailed Engineering Cost); Permitting Costs;
    Construction Bond (Depends on Homeowner’s Requirements); Contractor’s Overhead, Contingency and Profit (If not Directly administered by the Owner); VAT, etc. From experience a multiplier of 1.3 to 1.40 is applied to the Direct Cost of Materials, Labor and Equipment to arrive at Total Construction Cost.

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    • Hi Goerge, we appreciate this recommendation. For now, we opt to provide our readers with basic terminologies and computation since most of our readers are typical Filipino household. We’ll find a way to inject this idea though. Thank you! 🙂

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      • Suggest you do so as soon as possible as we often get in argument with prospective homeowners who are citing your published house cost per square meter. Or you can place a note that your published cost includes only direct cost of construction materials, labor and equipment and does not include architect-engineer design/supervision fees, permitting costs, construction bond, contractor’s overhead/contingency/profit (If not under Owner’s administration), VAT, etc. Imagine when a prospective house owner learns he has to shell out an additional 30% to 40% to realize his dream house!!!

      • Hi George, we understand where you’re coming from. You may point out to your prospective client that these prices are not up-to-date [as stated in the post that it is based on 2019 prices, that’s pre-pandemic]. You can also state the date this post is published, Aug. 2020, as of today. Further, aesthetic/perspective, materials used, building heights and COMPLETE Plan are also not posted to leave it as vague as it is true to the blog name “Average Construction Cost…”, meaning, the TCP may be lower or higher depending on the site location, construction prices and hauling distances, labor rates, contractors profit/supervision fee charges and a lot more as you’ve pointed. May we clarify that we are not against you, so, point is well taken. Thank you for taking the time to comment and letting us know where we’re short at. Stay safe!

      • Point well taken. But at least you should put a disclaimer to the effect that average construction prices posted includes Direct Costs only consisting of material, labor and equipment costs for the year 20XX. Indirect costs consisting of the preparation of construction plans and documents required for permitting; construction supervision (unless construction is under Owner Administration); permitting fees and certifications; contractor overhead, contingency and profit are not included. Note that Construction Cost consist of the Direct Costs and the Indirect Costs. Consult a legitimate Architect, Civil Engineer, Contractor
        or your Building Official for averaged Indirect Costs applicable to your project.

      • I wholeheartedly agree! George’s comment is apropos–to certain areas. Yet, I’m trying (and a paltry 7,000 mile distance) to help relatives build a house, just a basic house. It’s way out in nowhere in Negros, thus, there is no need for a Qualified Architect or Engineer (yet, give it time) and no need for construction bond since the masonry will be done by my brother-in-law, VAT, yes, of course and quit frankly, nothing, nothing, ever comes in at expected cost, so any wise person will consider x 1.5, or 2x as reality. Still, I love seeing the “basics” and applaud philconprices for just that–it’s a start. Salamat!

  2. Hi Sir! Ask ko lang po estimate ng 55sqm house reconstruction/renovation? Bali ung first floor po will be 5ft above the ground and 3 bedrooms din po sana, no garage po

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    • Hi din Mengie, mahirap po mag-estimate ng walang plano (need po ng plans to do it right). Anyhow, kung 60 sqm yung gagamitin mo sa lot area mo para sa house construction, mga around 3.6M po siguro (60sqm x 2 floors x Php30,000.00) VERY rough estimate po yan . Maganda na bahay mo niyan 🙂

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  3. Hi po.. Would like to ask how much will it cost the 5mx7m store 1floor only pero yong mga poste niya ay pang 2 storey. 1st floor lang po muna ipapagawa q kasi yon lang ang kaya ng budget q. Pag makaipon saka q itutuloy ang sa 2nd floor.

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    • Hi Chris, just the typical grades designed for PH codes. Normally, G40 for 12mm DRB and below, G60 for 16mm DRB and up. Thanks!

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