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Cost of General Building Work

In this article we discuss the cost of general building work, using actual prices from our renovations. If you are considering a larger project, we would invite you to read our piece on major home renovation costs.

cost of general building work

Cost of general building work

The costs of general building work that we share here are based on actual tasks carried out. Indicative prices are exclusive of VAT and are based on 2016 economic conditions unless stated otherwise.

cost to remove a chimney breast

chimney breast being dismantled

Project 1:  This relates to removing a chimney breast, supporting the remaining breast with steels in the loft space with stack above, then re-plastering the affected surfaces and repairing the floor – £3000.  Subsequent decoration of this bedroom cost £800.

Project 2: Insert steel in roof space and remove chimney breasts through 2 floors beneath (with plastering and making good only) – £4000

Cost to remove an interior structural wall

Before structural wall removed

Cost to remove this structural wall, adjust heating pipes, insert an overhead steel, make good, with new electrics and decoration, to create an open plan living space:

£17 500 (2017 price)

Associated structural engineering and other professional costs:  £1800

After structural wall removed

Cost of general plastering tasks

skim plaster

Strip and plaster skim a standard UK reception room – £900
Fit false ceiling to small kitchen and skim – £1200

Cost of steel work

steel I beam for kitchen diner

Open up an intervening wall and insert steel, depending on size – £3000 – £5000

Cost to block up a door

hallway reconstruction

Block up a door and re-plaster – £600 – £900

Cost of insulation

Insulate under a reception room floor – £400

Cost to create a pathway

construction of new walkway

Excavate 1m wide walkway into high level garden over 5m length and construct retaining wall – £5000

Cast 4 concrete steps 1m wide to lower garden – £700

cost of astroturf


To supply hardcore for 80m2 astroturf, level the hardcore and lay astroturf – £2250 + VAT
Cost of astroturf (good quality) – £20/m2

Cost to lay a patio


To create a large patio concrete slab 4m by 6m – £2100 – £3000

To lay patio slabs (labour) – £50/m2

Typical cost for 24m2 patio approx £4500 – £5500.

Cost to build a wall

new walkway being rendered

To build garden wall in concrete blocks 4m long by 1.5m high – £1200
To render wall – £450

Cost to Replace high level joinery

edwardian bargeboards after renovation

This relates to soffits, fascias etc, replacing timber items with maintenance-free products (assume front and rear of a UK terrace) – £2500 – £2900 (scaffold extra)

cost to erect a fence


6 foot fence to 3 sides of garden (6m x 15m) with kick boards and 4″ posts in concrete – £4750.

Cost of Scaffold Hire

home renovation

Assume £800 – £1000 for full scaffold to rear of UK terraced house over 2 floors.

Cost of Skip hire


3yd skip – £150;

6yd skip – £200

Add £45 for a license if the skip is to be kept on a public road.

Cost of repointing

Re-point a chimney – £600

Re-point front garden wall – £500


For information on other project costs, please see see our Property Renovation Costs page.