What do our houses cost?

Habitech's modular system purposely allows for design flexibility, so the cost of our completed houses varies. Our completed houses cost less than traditionally built equivalents, and while at our current scale we cannot compete cost wise with volume builders, we deliver a much higher quality house, quickly and more efficiently. 

An environmentally sustainable, energy efficient Habitech home provides real value as a long-term investment. Savings on operating costs are significant, especially over a 10 year timescale.  



Cost control that works

At Habitech we are completely upfront about identifying all the costs associated with completing and moving into your home. We provide a diligent cost control process as part of our initial engagement stage.

Establishing Design, Construction and Total Project Budgets right from the beginning of your project lets us transparently identify and manage all the costs involved in delivering your house, including:  

  • Design fees

  • Sub-consultant fees

  • Authority fees

  • Construction costs

  • Wider costs for items required prior to moving in

We closely monitor the costs of your project as we go and communicate this with you at every stage, becoming more accurate as decisions are made. This process is completely transparent because we believe this is the best way of helping our clients with cost control. 

We work with a range of standard joinery and stairs that we are able to price accurately and easily. Our engagement with builders also allows us to access practical advice on the supply realities and pricing of specific design and detailing options. 



Design Fees

Habitech design fees are clearly set out in the Scope of Services & Fees document we provide. They include allowances for all sub-consultant and authority fees. 

Our fees are based on a percentage of the construction cost for the works we design and deliver. This is typically around 8-15% depending on the scale of your project. And because our fee includes full design, documentation and building management fees, we understand this rate compares very well with others in the Australian housing market.


Construction costs

At Habitech our modular design approach provides a high level of cost surety for the delivery of our components at early design stages, compared to that of the traditional architectural process.

The diagram below shows our assessment of current Melbourne housing costs and what different levels of housing design cost to build, as per m2 figures for completed building contract prices.

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With a well designed three bedroom + study/flexible space house, commonly requiring 180-200m2 of internal area, our system provides outstanding value for clients with Construction Budgets of $650,000+ to create a unique, architecturally designed family home.  Dependent on the complexity of your site and the design & Town Planning process involved, the Total Project Budget for a new family home of this size is likely to be around $720,000 - $750,000.

We can also provide smaller homes, holiday houses and studio designs for smaller budgets.

The design flexibility of our systems also makes Habitech's flat-packed and hand liftable system ideal for extensions.