How much is 1 square meter of construction? [€ / m2]

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This is definitely a FAQ, one of the most common questions among those who knock our door. And, again, it’s normal, because nobody can give you a concrete answer.

In any case, even at the risk of being accused of being irresponsible, we’re going to take a side in this matter!

To do this we will divide into two groups, on the one hand, the structural work and, secondly, the fine work and facilities.




With structural work we refer to the foundation, pillars, floors, partition walls… I mean, here you will spend on concrete, bricks, cement, iron … It is the part constituting the skeleton of your building, you understand, right?


The price of structural work is, more or less homogeneous in Spain, around 300-400 € / m2.




Let’s start with the facilities, which make reference to the electrical system, gas and plumbing. In addition, you might decide to install air conditioning and heating, which also count as facilities.

Instalaciones de energias renovables en chalets y viviendas unifamiliares

Meanwhile the fine work relates to coatings, ceramics, floors, countertops, toilets, faucets, plastering, carpentry (doors and windows), paintings, glass… and say everything that can be seen and which will form the shell of your building … easy, right?


Well it may be many things, but not easy! Although the concept is simple, the possibilities are huge, here it is like the structure, where you can choose either to build it with concrete or steel (or wood if you’re a little bit hipster).

You can choose plastic paint, synthetic paint or cover the walls with paper. You can install a ceramic floor, marble, or gold if you fancy, you can afford it and if you are so tacky.

Finally, ask how much is 1 m2 of fine work is more or less like asking how much is a car.

Do you want / can buy a Ferrari or you are ok with a Seat?

It’s up to you. In your work, definitely, the price is up to you with the quality you want to give to the fine work.

In any case, even at the risk of the most fastidious coming to crucify me, in fine work, in southern Spain, it is usual to spend about 400-600 € / m2.

Therefore the complete construction m2 is around 700-1000 € / m2. And I repeat that this is an irresponsible response on our part and approximate, because it will ultimately depend on you.

Finally, I leave a reflection that I’ll extend in a future post.

What you really ought to ask is not how much is 1 square meter of construction, because you would be aiming only to material and labor costs.

Therefore, the correct question should be:

How much will it cost 1 m2 of construction including all costs?

For example:

– Technical Fees

– Taxes

– Licenses

– Municipal taxes

– Collegiate Rates

– General expenses

Among others, these expenses are largely forgotten but I recommend that you have them in mind, and remember that they will account for between 15% and 20% of the total.

Balancing The Account

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You are not from the south of Spain and prices of your city are very different? Share with us your experience in comments!


I am Architect, I started my career in Marbella (Málaga) and I set up my second study in Fuengirola. Currently I help people all around Andalucía to design and build the house of their dreams, accompanying them until the end in this small jungle that is the world of construction.
I will give you all my experience, not only in house designing, but also in the search for construction companies and other professionals that involve most of your budget and I’ll help you choose the best for the best price, for you to save big money.

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