Self-build costs increase

Material prices alone, excluding windows and doors, are adding at least €12k to €17k to a direct labour self-build and about €30k to a contractor led build.

A rise in shipping container costs, Brexit paperwork holding up shipment at ports, and a worldwide materials shortage have contributed to significant material prices increases that are hitting self-builders across NI and ROI, Padraic Rogers of mybuildingsupplies.ie told Selfbuild+ members in an exclusive Facebook Live event in June.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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