cost of building a flat in uganda

cost of building a 2 floor flat  house design

The cost of building a storeyed house in uganda depends on the quantity of materials needed to build a flat. In this article specifically helping you to know what can be required to construct a 14 * 15 meter 2 floor flat in the image above. You can find: how many bags of cement to construct a 1 storied bedroom house and cement price

2 storey house design

The average cost of constructing a flat depends on how many square meters it covers, if you need a lower budget storeyed house, we can help with planning and reducing the square meter. Our average cost per square foot can range from ugx 850k- 1.5M per square meter. This is done by reducing the square meter coverage, altering some expensive items to cheaper ones for example nil instead of tiles, light gauge iron sheet instead of decra sheets or clay roofing tiles. incase of need of such services Best contractors of building flat in Uganda

Cost of constructing a flat 2 storeyed building in uganda

Summary of bills of materials for constructing a flat 2 storeyed building Residential House. The total cost to achieve the 2 floor house above will spend in a range of 520M - 530M. This price does not include purchasing the land, but includes all construction phases like design, excavation, ground slab, wall structuring, beam, columns, first floor slab, roofing, tiling, painting, plumbing and fixtures, electrical installation and compound paver installations. Contact us through the whatsapp button for more

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Detailed summary of required material and labor cost

the total material cost is ugx 405,900,073 and the total labor cost is ugx 105,401,771 according to this house plan. Remember budgets can go lower or higher according to plans and needs. This plan can also go lower by removing some components like grass planting, pavers and can still go higher

Preliminary Tools for constructing a flat 2 storeyed building in uganda


Drums are essential for the storage and transportation of materials like water, fuel, or construction debris. They offer a convenient and portable solution to handle liquids and other materials on the construction site.

Jerry Cans

Jerry cans are widely used for the safe storage and transportation of liquids, such as water or fuel. They are designed to be rugged and leak-resistant, making them ideal for construction sites.


Pickaxes are versatile digging and cutting tools. They are used to break hard or compacted surfaces, making them valuable for trench excavation and groundwork.


Hoes are efficient tools for digging, weeding, and creating a smooth surface. In trench excavation, hoes are employed to shape the trench walls and ensure a uniform depth.


Pangs are similar to pickaxes but with broader, flat blades. They are used for digging and loosening soil. Pangs can be particularly useful for creating trenches of various sizes.


Spades are essential for digging and moving soil. They come in various shapes and sizes, allowing workers to adapt to the specific requirements of trench excavation and groundwork.


Sledgehammers are heavy-duty tools used for driving objects into the ground or breaking through hard surfaces. They are employed to create a solid foundation for construction.


Wheelbarrows are indispensable for transporting materials, such as excavated soil or construction materials, within the construction site. They offer mobility and efficiency.

Nylon Strings (Building Lines) Rolls

Nylon strings or building lines are used to establish accurate guidelines for excavation and construction. They help maintain straight edges and level surfaces during trench excavation and foundation preparation.

Temporary Shed

A temporary shed or shelter is set up on the construction site to provide shade and protection from the elements. It serves as a workspace for laborers and a storage area for tools and equipment.

Bill of materials from foundation to ground slab

In the construction process, a variety of materials and components are essential for building a strong foundation up to the ground slab. These materials form the backbone of the construction, ensuring durability and stability. Here's a breakdown of the items used in this construction project, along with their respective quantities and rates.

a. Cement Bags (170 bags)

b. Lake Sand (2 sino)

c. Clay Bricks (7,000 pcs)

d. 1000gauge Damp Proof Membrane (2 rolls)

e. Hard Core (8 forward truck)

f. Aggregates (80 tons)

g. Shuttering Timber (10 pieces of 8x4ft block boards)

h. Assorted Nails (5 kg)

2½" Nails (10 kg). These shorter nails were used extensively, with a rate of 5,000 per kilogram.

3" Nails (10 kg)

4" Nails (10 kg)

i. Eucalyptus (50 pieces)

j. 4x2" Timber (17 pieces)

k. Anti Termite Solution (10 liters)

l. Hoop Iron (5 pieces)

m. 8mm Diameter Bar (17 pieces)

n. 12mm Diameter Bar (69 pieces)

Elements needed in superstructure walling and columns

Cement. 70 bags

Lake Sand approximately 1 cubic meter (Sino)

15,000 bricks.

4 cubic meters (Forward) of aggregates

Assorted Nails.

  1. 2½" Nails. Approximately 10 kilograms will be utilized.
  2. 3" Nails. Around 5 kilograms will be required.
  3. 4" Nails. About 10 kilograms are necessary.
    1. Shuttering Timber (8x4ft) Block Boards 10 pieces.

      Hoop Iron. 10 pieces

      4x2" Timber 34 pieces

      34 pieces of Eucalyptus.

      20 pieces of 8MM diameter bars.

      27 pieces of 16MM diameter bars

      2 rolls of binding wires.

      1,500 liters of water will be used

      First floor slab formwork, Steel bending and Casting

      When setting up the formwork, steel bending, and casting for the first-floor slab, various materials and quantities are required to ensure a sturdy and reliable structure.

      Cement 200 bags

      1 sino truck Lake sand

      2 sino trucks of Aggregate

      150 kgs of Assorted Nails

      73 pieces of Shuttering timber (8x4ft) and 250 pieces of size 4*2ft

      950 pieces of Eucalyptus

      120 pieces of 8MM diameter bar

      180 pieces of12MM diameter bar

      135 pieces of 16MM diameter bar

      18 pieces of 20MM diameter bar

      3 pieces of BRC roll

      1500 Maxpam Blocks

      First floor Superstructure walling Ring beams, columns

      In constructing the first-floor superstructure walling, a range of materials and quantities are essential to ensure a sturdy and reliable framework. Here's a breakdown of the required items.

      • Cement - 85 bags
      • Lake Sand -1 Sino (unit)
      • Bricks -15,000 (no)
      • Aggregates (Forward) - 4 cubic units
      • Assorted Nails.

        2½" nails - 10 kilograms
      • 3" nails- 5 kilograms
      • 4" nails -10 kilograms
      • Shuttering Timber (8x4ft) Block Boards - 10 pieces
      • Hoop Iron - 5 units
      • 4x2" Timber - 34 pieces
      • Eucalyptus - 34 pieces
      • 8MM Diameter Bar - 20 pieces
      • 12MM Diameter Bar - 60 pieces
      • 16mm Diameter Bars - 40 pieces
      • Binding Wires - 2 rolls
      • Water - 1,500 units

      Materials used in Electro-Mechanical installation (First fix)/conduiting Ground and 1st floor drainage piping

      1. PVC Pipe 2" Quantity. 40 meters
      2. PVC Pipe 4" Quantity. 25 meters
      3. PVC Pipe 1½" Quantity. 60 meters
      4. Corner/Bend 2" Quantity. 10
      5. Bend 4" Quantity. 6
      6. Bend 1½" Quantity. 15
      7. Tee PVC 4" Quantity. 8
      8. Tee PVC 2" Quantity. 12
      9. Conduits 25mm Quantity. 100 meters
      10. Conduits 32mm Quantity. 80 meters
      11. Conduits 50mm Quantity. 30 meters
      12. Circular Boxes 25mm Quantity. 15
      13. Bend 32mm Quantity. 20
      14. Adaptable Box 100x150mm Quantity. 4
      15. Couplers 25mm Quantity. 30
      16. Solvent Quantity. 2 liters
      17. Floor Traps 4 Way Quantity. 4

      And have more phases like Material for Roof and Ceiling Works, Plastering, Painting, and Tile Works, Doors Complete with Frame and Ironmongery, Windows Complete with Glazing and lastly Joinery. This all contributes to the adjustment of the bill of quantities.

      Can 50 million build a flat?

      Expenses of 50 million on building a 2 storey house is less than a quarter of the required budget. 50 million could only cover a maximum of 60 sq meters. This means that you could handle the foundation to ground floor slab. Incomplete construction sites can lead to frustration over time. Advise is to plan accordingly.

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