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Cost of General Building Work

If you are interested in the cost of general building work, here are some actual prices from our renovations. They are indicative only, as every circumstance is different, but should give you a reasonable figure for budgeting purposes. If you are looking for larger project work, we would invite you to read our major home renovation cost page.

cost of general building work

Cost of general building work

The cost of general building work that we share here is based on actual tasks carried out as part of a larger project. If you require only a small job, then you can expect the price to be higher, because the builder will need to include all his costs within that small task. If the work is part of a larger project, then labour and price efficiencies come into play.

Indicative prices are exclusive of VAT

cost to remove a chimney breast

chimney breast being dismantled

This relates to removing a chimney breast, supporting the remaining breast with steels in the loft space with stack above, then replastering the affected surfaces and repairing the floor – £3000

Subsequent decoration of this bedroom cost £800.

For a second project: insert steel in roof space and remove chimney breasts through 2 floors beneath (with plastering and making good only) – £4000

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 – £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 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

Cost to re-point chimneys – £600

Cost to repoint front garden wall – £500


To return to the introduction for more pricing information, please see see our Property Renovation Costs page.