Groundwork and landscaping costs

Often left to last, the outdoor space is probably the most neglected part of a self-build yet one of the costliest.

For many self-builders, when the time comes to complete “the outside” it is usually more of a sign that the house project has reached completion than the start of a new phase in the build. In many cases this is because the landscaping budget has been sacrificed to pay for a cost overrun elsewhere.

Then, once life moves on from the main house build, a lack of time and energy often results in the garden being put on the long finger, to be completed months or years down the line when funds allow.

Keith Kelliher

Written by Keith Kelliher

Keith is a quantity surveyor with over 20 years' experience and is the founder of Kelliher & Associates Quantity Surveyors.

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