Cost of Building a 3 Bedroom Bungalow in Nigeria 2022 (Updated)

Do you want to know the cost of building a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria? This article is for you. So many people visit the web to know the cost of building a 3 bedroom bungalow in Nigeria but get disappointed most of the time. Only a few articles exist on the subject topic and rarely have details. In this article, you would get full details on the cost of building a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria.

Most times when people hear about the cost of building a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria from friends, they get scared. The cost they get to hear runs into tens of millions at some point. Honestly, you can build a 3 bedroom bungalow for as much as N50,000,000, or as low as N5,000,000. Sometimes the estimate even goes below the latter. This cost is affected by a number of factors ranging from:

  • Location of the property.
  • Cost of building materials.
  • Quality of building materials.
  • Charges of professionals as it varies.

It may cost you more when building your own 3-bedroom bungalow but below is the estimated cost for a standard 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria. The breakdown involves the cost of the actual construction and not the preliminaries of the construction.

Before you begin construction, you must have acquired a piece of land. See DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR LAND PURCHASE IN NIGERIA. Also, before the construction process, there are steps needed to be taken in building a house in Nigeria. These steps involve architects and related building engineers. Look at the processes for BUILDING A HOUSE IN NIGERIA.

Cost of Building a 3 Bedroom Bungalow in Nigeria 2022 (Updated)

Before you dig earth, make sure you have all required APPROVED documents for the construction process, viz a viz:

  • Architectural drawings.
  • Structural drawings.
  • Mechanical drawings.
  • Electrical drawings.

Some people break earth without some of these drawings and hope everything turns out fine. That is a wrong mentality. Please follow the right process.

In calculating the cost of building a 3-bedroom bungalow in Nigeria, it is advisable to break down the construction process into stages. This is the norm and is actually helpful in planning your progress. For a bungalow, we can split the construction stages into:

  • Foundation (German floor) / Soak-away Stage.
  • DPC to lintel level Stage.
  • Roofing Stage.
  • Plastering / Finishing Stage.

Cost of Foundation (German Floor) / Soak-away Stage

This is the first stage of construction and it includes setting out, digging, concrete work, block laying, backfilling, and flooring as the processes in this stage.

Material Requirements for Setting-out with profiles

  • 4 pieces of 1 x 12 plank @ NGN 1,200 each plus NGN 800 (for dividing each into 5 (@ NGN 200 each) = NGN 5,600
  • 4 bundles of Pegs @ NGN 1,200 each = NGN 4,800
  • 2″ and 3″ Nails = NGN 1,200 worth of nails
  • 4 bundles of rope @ NGN 200 each = NGN 800
  • Labour = NGN 5,000

Estimated cost of setting-out = NGN 17,400.

Material Requirements for Digging / Excavation

  • We will need some diggers and shovels for the job. These tools can cost about NGN 2,000 to rent.
  • Labour = NGN 10,000

Estimated cost of digging = NGN 12,000.

Material Requirements for Concrete work / Blinding

For a standard foundation of 150 mm base-thickness, assuming 0.45m (breadth or height) and 85.5m (entire length) = 5.77125 m3

  • 10 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 each = NGN 46,000
  • 20 tonnes of sand x 2 = NGN 80,000
  • 20 tonnes of Granite = NGN 140,000
  • We don’t need reinforcements (Iron bars) because the soil is good, firm, and dry.
  • Liters of water as needed.
  • Labour = NGN 25,000

The estimated cost of concrete work = NGN 291,000.

Material Requirements for Laying Foundation Blocks

Using 9-inch blocks and laying 4 coaches, you will need

  • 12 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 each = NGN 55,200
  • 644 pieces of 9-inch vibrated blocks (including 10 percent wastage) @ NGN 200 each = NGN 128,800
  • Plumbing work = NGN 25,000
  • The remaining sand from concrete work will be used here.
  • Labour = NGN 35,000

The estimated cost of laying foundation blocks = NGN 244,000.

Material Requirements for Filling

I suggest digging the soak-away and septic tank alongside making the foundation so that the soil dug up from the soak-away pit, septic tank, and well can be used for backfilling. This will save you the cost of buying some tons of sand for foundation filling and also save you the cost of clearing the dug-up soil where it is unused.

After filling the foundation, water it for about 10 hours and leave it for days (or some weeks) before flooring for natural compaction. In the end, you might need to buy just a few tons of sand if the soil dug up from the well and septic tank is not enough.

Assuming you buy:

  • 3 nos 20 tonnes laterite (fairly clayey) at NGN 18,000 = NGN 54,000
  • Labour = NGN 10,000

Estimated cost of filling foundation = NGN 64,000

Material Requirements for Foundation Casting / Flooring

  • 25 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 = NGN 115,000
  • Waterproof / nylon = NGN 15,000
  • The remaining granite and sand from concrete work will be used here.
  • Labour = NGN 18,000

Estimated cost of flooring = NGN 148,000

Material Requirements for Septic Tank, Soak-away pit and Well

The septic tank, soak-away pit, and well should be constructed first in order to have water for the work and sand for filling the foundation later.

  • 700 pieces of 6-inch vibrated blocks @ NGN 170 / block (for a septic tank of 3m x 3m x 3m) = NGN 119,000.
  • 22 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 = NGN 101,200 (including plastering).
  • Number of well-rings as required.
  • Sand and granite from concrete work will be used here.
  • Labor for septic tank, soak-away pit, and well = NGN 80,000

The estimated cost of constructing both the septic tank, soak-away, and well = NGN 300,200.

Total Estimated Cost for this stage = NGN 1,076,600 (excluding the cost of wellrings).

Cost of Construction From Damp Proof Course (D.P.C) To Lintel Level

This is the next stage in the construction process and begins where the German floor ends. It covers the main block work including wall partitions for the various spaces in the house. The materials listed below are just estimates of what you get in a modest 3-bedroom flat. Again, ensure you get a Bill of Quantities for your building plan as that’s the only way to know the exact material requirements for your house. This stage ends at the roof level.

Material Requirements and Labour for Block work

  • 2100pcs of 6-inch stone dust vibrated blocks @ NGN 170 = NGN 357,000.
  • (The cost increases when you use 9-inch blocks)
  • 15 tonnes of sharp sand = NGN 40,000
  • 30 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 = NGN 138,000
  • Labour = NGN 120,000

Estimated cost of block work = NGN 655,000. (This includes the two coaches of blocks after lintel)

Material Requirement for Lintel Casting

  • 20 length of 12mm rod @ NGN 2,100 / length = NGN 42,000
  • 10 length of stirrups @ NGN 500 / length = NGN 5,000
  • 35 length of 1 x 12 x 18 wood @ NGN 1,700 / length = NGN 59,500
  • Nails plus wire for binding = NGN 13,000
  • 8 bags of cement @ NGN 4,600 = NGN 36,800
  • Remaining sand will be used here.
  • The remaining granite from concrete work is used.
  • Labour plus carpenter = NGN 30,000

The estimated cost of the lintel level = NGN 186,300

Estimated Total Cost for this stage = NGN 841,300.

Cost of Roofing 3 Bedroom Bungalow Stage

The cost of roofing varies with the type of roofing materials and design you choose to use. The cost given below represents 0.45 mm thick aluminum roofing sheets. The true cost of all stages remains that shown on the bill of quantity document.

Material Requirements for Roofing

  • 320 length of 2 x 3 x 12 wood @ NGN 450 = NGN 144,000
  • 45 length of 2 x 6 x 12 @ NGN 840 = NGN 38,250
  • 25 length of 1 x 12 x 12 wood @ NGN 1,400 = NGN 35,000
  • 1/2 bag of 2-inch nails @ NGN 5,800 = NGN 2,900
  • 11/2 bags of 3-inch nails @ NGN 6,000 = NGN 9,000
  • 1/2 bag of 4-inch nails @ NGN 6,500 = NGN 3,250
  • Aluminium (0.45mm thick) roofing, transportation and Labour = NGN 685,900

Total Estimated Cost for the roofing stage = NGN 918,300.

Cost of Finishing Stage

This stage includes plastering, wiring, plumbing, fixing of windows, doors, tiles, and other essentials. The cost here varies regarding the quality of materials you use. Below is an estimate for a very modest finishing.

Material Requirements for Electrical works

  • Wires, Pipes, Conduit Boxes, etc = NGN 400,000
  • Material Requirements for Mechanical and Plumbing Works
  • Kitchen sink, Pipes, WC, Washing Hand Basin, Overhead Tank, Shower, etc = NGN 500,000

Material Requirements for Ceiling

  • Woods for nogging, P.O.P Sheets, External wood finishing, P.V.C Boards, Tank nails, etc plus labor = NGN 450,000

Material Requirements for Windows and Doors

  • Windows, doors, burglary proof, and fixtures plus labor = NGN 500,000

Material Requirements for Wall Rendering and Painting

  • Plastering and painting plus labor = NGN 500,000

Material Requirements for Floor Finishes

  • Tiles and others plus labor = NGN 250,000

Estimated Total Cost for this stage = NGN 2,600,000.

Grand Total = NGN 1,076,600 + NGN 841,300 + NGN 918,300 + NGN 2,600,000 = NGN 5,436,200

As you can see from the calculations, we arrived at a total cost of building a 3 bedroom bungalow which is below NGN 6,000,000. This involves just the construction of the 3 bedroom bungalow in Nigeria. As for the furniture fittings, you have a variety of options you can choose from. Also, clearing the site after the construction was not factored into the cost. However, the amount is not so much when put into the cost of building a 3 bedroom bungalow in Nigeria.

Also, Read – Cost of Building a Duplex in Nigeria

Also, Read – Cost of Kitchen Cabinets in Nigeria

If you make plans, the cost of building a 3 bedroom bungalow would be reduced to the barest minimum. All it takes is for you to follow the procedures laid out above.

With this knowledge, hire or contact your preferred Architect. Before you do so, see these tips on Hiring an Architect.

Do you have a project and you want us to help you manage it, you can contact us HERE.

If you also need a bill of quantity for your project, write to us HERE anytime.

Do you need an architect to produce an affordable design for your next project, also contact us.


  1. Mr. poster if you are giving this mentioned amount of money will you be able to build what you just mentioned, in ph

  2. Hello,

    Thanks for the information provided, but can you also help with the estimated cost for building a 3 – 4 bedromm duplex in Nigeria. The link within the site for that isn’t working for now.

    Thank you

  3. […] The Cost of Building a 3 Bedroom Bungalow in Nigeria […]

    • Thanks for the break down for the 3badroom,. Kindly help with the break down for 4bedroom bungalow with panthouse

  4. Hello. Thank you very much for your detailed and well spelt out analysis of each of the phases involved in building a 3 bedroom bungalow.

    Please can you please give an estimate of the cost of the number trips of sand and cement require to mold the blocks for the 3 bedroom bungalow and fencing in a 100ft × 50ft piece of land.

    Thank you.

    Please you can also send details to

    • That figure is unit to your design. You can only get a realistic figure when you have complete working drawings for your project.

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  5. I love your breakdown to details in all the various faces involved.
    But please, can you give an estimates of the number is trips of sand and cement one needs to mild 9 inches blocks for 3 bedroom bungalow including fencing in a 100ft × 50ft assuming one wants to mold blocks instead of buying and the labour cost of molding.

    Thank you.

    You can send the details to

  6. Thanks for the breaking down of the processed.(Good one).

  7. Abdulazeez Mustapha
    Abdulazeez Mustapha

    I really really appreciate this a lot, it has saved me a lot of stress and gave a very concrete guide line.

  8. God bless you sir 🙏. The Best and highly informed article I ever came across.

  9. This is highly informative,I don’t know I can get this kind of information on the net.Thanks a lot .

  10. Very helpful and informative.

  11. What are the quantity of materials required for rafting an half plot of land in Ibeju lekki

  12. Good write up

  13. I like your cost breakdown for the 3 Bedroom Bungalow in Nigeria 2020. What is the scheduled floor size?

  14. Thanks a lot for this cost breakdown of a 3 Bedroom Bungalow in Nigeria 2020. One additional question for my better understanding: How much sqm floor space does the bungalow have?

    • Thanks so much for this information,but for me I need a already built 3bedroom on a plot of land 50 by100 around UI or Bodija,Ibadan
      How much could this cost?

  15. Thank you for a detailed and very useful write up. Most impressed.

  16. I like your job
    How huch will it cost to get a half plot of land and build 3 bed room bungalow

  17. Hi
    I like the way you made your calculations.
    Please I need your services if you could get me estimate of 4bed duplex in Enugu and also 4bed bungalow same state.
    Please I’ll appreciate your urgent response.
    From foundation to everything.
    Please I’ll b waiting

  18. Nice write-up. How much will you take for arctectural drawing of 3 bedroom bungalow? And structural drawings of same size?

  19. What is the cost of building a 2 flats of 3 bedrooms each?

  20. A great thank you to you and your team. I think this will go a long way to encouraging and preparing people to start building a house, and also to enlighten those who are doing it right now, to give them an informed sense of what money is being spent on. THANKS.

  21. Good day sir, I am Julius Abraham a Builder with 14 years work experience in building construction and I would like to work in your reputable company.
    Thank you in anticipation.

  22. Hello,
    This is a lovely and well explained write-up. However i would like to know the rough estimate for building a 4 flat of 2 bedroom (3 nos of 2 bedroom & 1 no of 3 bedroom upstairs). I believe we can be of some assistance to each other.

    Thank you.

  23. This cost for strip foundation, will it be a considerable difference for raft foundation.
    Thank you.

  24. How long will it take you to do something like this at Lokoja. Contact me ASAP

  25. Qs Yusouf Suleiman's
    Qs Yusouf Suleiman's

    Hmm actually you don’t know what you’re doing for involved your self into others business, reason why neighbouring environmental profession hatred on quantity surveyors because we’re mind on job without seeing someone business, you present a wrong quotation of bill of quantity people and expect to praised and a contract from at least end up killing people live with your wrong estimated…

    • Justify yourself, Sir. This is an interactive forum. Whatever quote you see here was prepared by our team of professionals. We have merely simplified it so it is understandable by the common man.

      • This is well written and broken down even for someone that does not know where to start. Try to avoid negative minded people. This is a proper estimate and cost of things will always go up…

      • I think they are the types that chop people. You are blowing it for them. Thanks for the write up please. I am blown.

    • Don’t be naive the guy has really tried he was presenting to us an approximate estimate so to a lay man he will prepared his mind with this information so is not a wrong information sir I’m also a Quantity surveyor

  26. Thank you sir for the break down of three bed room bungalow. Sir this break down doesn’t include the site supervisor which is the engineers fee on each stage. I will like to know the reasonable amount of money to pay the engineer on each stage. Please if possible give me the break down amount we should pay the supervisor on each stage because they charged heavily on each stage of the building. Thank you

  27. Pls sir, I need your phone number to have some discussions with you on my building of 3bedroom bungalow.

  28. honestly you guys has done a great joy may God continue to be with you all
    more grace to your elbow

  29. What a great and articulate working breakdown of the cost and particularly expressing it with the very recent prices of commodities. God bless you richly.

  30. Great job. My brother, I need to congratulate on this well articulate write up that has assisted many. May Almighty Allah continue to give you more insight and bring you to lime light.

  31. God bless who ever that wrote this.

  32. Very helpful.
    Thank you so much.

  33. Thanks for this well done brake down, infact you wake up my spirit of hope lost on property in Nigeria with being present there.
    However I would be appreciated sir if u can send a soft copy of this breakdown to my email

  34. This is so impressive,how much do you charge for bill of quantity on 3 bedroom flat located at ogun state and I also noticed you did not talk about german floor material or its thesame has casting/flooring?thanks so much

  35. Impressive! I’d like to know for a 4 bedroom bungalow in the village, factoring in all the costs you have written here; would you say that 6 to 7 million Naira will be enough for it? All rooms en-suite. Thanks

  36. Hello.
    I so much appreciate your write-up. Please, can you provide the cost of building a 3-bedroom bungalow with a penthouse?

  37. May God bless your organization richly, thanks for this helpful information/break down.

  38. Thanks for this, very very helpful. What. effect does screening have on plastering? I may also need your help in finishing up.

  39. Thanks for the information.
    I will like to build a four bedroom bungalow in asaba or Abuja. Is it possible to link me with a building contractor who can assist me.
    Many thanks

  40. Very nice…. Updated!

  41. Excellent breakdown. It is a very professional approach and Nigeria will grow in this direction where you are clear with what you are paying for and peace of mind. Good job guys, this is how to gradually expel every trade becoming a building engineer over night. Keep it up please and I will definitely subscribe.

  42. Excellent breakdown of cost. Really useful!

  43. I went through your write up on the estimate to build a 3 bedroom bungalow. I was impressed with your break down from conception to execution. However I need to build a four bedroom bungalow in rural Imo State Nigeria and will need you to assist me with the building plan and construction in anyway you can.
    Martins Osuji

  44. I love this, God bless you for this enlightening piece

  45. Very informative and well detailed. I’m very interested. Do you have access to help acquire land in Ikorodu?

  46. Great

  47. Thanks so much…I’m so happy with this, I’m about to start building my 3 bedroom apartment, and this is really enlightening.

  48. Hello can i have your contact number please.
    My email is
    I am interested in building blocks of flats for renting in Okpanam delta state . I have 4 plots of land. Let us discuss further when you send me your number.

  49. This is a well detailed article, everything is on point, you sabi my guy!

    Thank you so much.

  50. Great job!

  51. Tremendously stupendous. I will have 1 million cash from my contributions/savings soon. Is it worth the risk to get started? I have already cleared the plot and done some unsatisfactory digging.
    How can I plan and strategies better to achieve thus feat without much hassle. Thanks

    • Having a bill of quantity can help you plan your resources as the quantity and volume of work required to be done is accurately stated. Also, a program of works can help you ascertain timeline for the completion of each phase of work (item wise) so you can manage payment for labor.

  52. This is nice.
    A wonderful insightful
    Keep doing good.

  53. A very insightful article. Please How much would it cost to build a one-storey building. With 3 bedrooms on each floor. Thanks

  54. I don’t know how to thank you. All i can say is thanks for this wonderful contributions to humanity especially to people like us who are base abroad. Thanks.

  55. Hello
    Pls if I get a contractor from your company
    And the contractor gives me a price for the project
    Is the price going to be fixed or is it adjustable ??
    Cause I’m going to most likely take a construction loan from a bank

    • Contractors quote for projects with their profits inclusive, that is standard. However, you the client can be proactive in trying to reach a common ground with the contractor by getting a second opinion. This involves having a bill of quantity prepared by a middle party who is not interested in executing the project. We prepare estimates without profits as our own way of being transparent. The prices are not fixed as they vary across various locations. Take, for instance, a bag of cement could cost NGN 2650 in Lagos and NGN 2800 in Port Harcourt. These are the variations in the cost you would encounter.

  56. Highly impressed with ur write where dobu base

  57. Kindly advice on the type of building that is better on plot of land measuring 30/120 (Half Plot of land)

    My wife proposed 3 bedroom in front and 2 bedroom behind. Is it possible?

  58. Very detailed and accurate. God bless you sir. Your expertise will surely and greatly be sought after.

  59. N/A

  60. below 6,000,000, for everything right both the maintenance and all

  61. Chijioke Innocent Israel
    Chijioke Innocent Israel

    This article is very informative. Kudos to you.
    I would like to know, buying blocks from block factories/industries and moulding blocks through local block moulders, which one is better, which one is more economical?
    Secondly, if you must contract local block moulders, how many pieces of block per bag of cement is recommended?
    Thanks again for the write up. Expecting your response soonest.

  62. Orinemi Micheal A
    Orinemi Micheal A

    Awesome Write up and its so impressive. I want you embark on a 3 bedroom bungalow.. please if you are into building please urgently get back to me as I will love to contract you. Project will be in Port Harcourt and Benin.

  63. Nice info. Can I get an estimate for a double 3 bedrooms flat with 51 partitions?

  64. Your information came in handy. Thanks

  65. Thank you for such a common-sense approach to an issue that appears to be very complex. You simplify everything when compared to how Nigerian professionals like to make things complex in order to make more money.

  66. Pls does living room among the 3 bedroom bungalow

    • Do you mean to ask if the 3 bedroom bungalow includes a living room? If that is your question, yes it does. I’m sorry for the delay.

  67. I really enjoy the blog post. Great. kdgeckckegdk

  68. I just want to say thank you for this work.
    It is helpful for a small contractor

  69. Omolara Oluwamuyiwa
    Omolara Oluwamuyiwa

    Good job, which is better between using well ring or concrete a well for soak away also for house wiring give us the best wire to buy in Nigeria.

  70. Thanks for the support .Keep it up



  73. onuchukwu nchedo francis
    onuchukwu nchedo francis

    Great evening my dear and may almighty God increase your wisdom okay. Please with due respect what about upstair like how many please.

  74. Hi, how do i go about hiring your service for some architectural designs

    • you can send us an email at or call us on 08060244163.

      • I love your write up and will like to give you a project in abuja
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        • This is a great write-up. So helpful and insightful.

          I have a few questions please..
          What are the expected charges while processing the documentation of a plot of land in Ibadan.
          Also, what’s the expected charges for the approvals of architectural drawings.

          Thanks for your anticipated response.

          • Thank you Tim.
            For the processing of land documentation in Ibadan, you will have to consult a surveyor. I think it is in the region of #50,000 – #200,000.
            For the expected charges on Architectural drawings approval, it is not fixed as there are factors that affect the cost. Factors like location, the volume of the building, etc.

      • Quite explanatory analysis. Would appreciate a current rough estimate (like this)of a unit 2bedroom flat to be decked and another 2 bedroom flat on d upstairs. Soil is quite dry. Thanks

        • This is a very detailed write up … It is very useful…I am planning to build at ibeju, would love you guys to do something like this on a 3 bedroom duplex, one bedroom room and living room downstairs and 2 bedroom upstairs

    • Great write up.

  75. Great article, so helpful

  76. Very wonderful and informative website

  77. Hi. Thanks for putting this up. Do you have anyone you can recommend in Ibadan to help design and build .

    • Hi Toun, we are worldwide and can carry out your project anywhere in the country. Do send us an email to . regards

      • I’m Adeniyi Please sir, in case you have any plastering work and any other finishing works. You can contact me on (+234)7063391401 or +2349058571592

    • Beautiful and detailed information. I had to subscribe immediately.
      My question is:
      Are column footings actually necessary in a bungalow 🏠 of 5bedrooms with two living rooms on a dry and sort of rocky two plots of land?
      I will quite appreciate your response. Thanks.

      • Thank you for subscribing Bimpe. Yes, Column footings are necessary as they transfer vertical load to the soil. The columns cannot be free standing! The good news here is they do not need to go so deep into the subsurface for your soil type. However, if you do not intend to use columns, then your walls have to be load bearing. Cheers

  78. Your site has outstanding material. I bookmarked the site

  79. You are the best…..God bless you for the break down

  80. I love it. Very nice breakdown. Great job

  81. Hi there! Such a nice write-up, thank you!

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