Cost of building a house in Kenya.

In the recent past, many people have decided to construct their own homes. Construction of the homes depends on various reasons and factors, but in this article, we will look at the cost of building a house in Kenya.

Construction cost in Kenya.

The average cost of building a house in Kenya is the KSH range of 33,450 per square meter at approximately 72,400 per square meter. With respect to the feet, the average construction rate in Kenya extends from 3,135 SHP per square foot to approximately 6,785 SHP per square foot. (Compare these survey results with the recent summary of the construction cost in Kenya)

For example, a standard Nairobi house costs Ksh 33,450 per square meter if it is built with basic technology and finish. However, the same building in Kenya’s coastal area can pay Ksh 35,410 per square meter at construction costs, but areas like Kisumu tend to take the cost of this class to KSH. 36,300 per square meter. This tends to be the standard deviation for all kinds of Kenya construction projects.

Therefore, there is a clear change in the average construction cost of each category of the entire region. And to help you understand everything, there is a breakdown of the cost of the buildings of each kind of project in the regions of Nairobi, coast and western, etc.

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Comparison of the cost of building a house in Kenya in 2021 and 2022

After comparing the building rate in 2021 with the cost of building a house in Kenya in 2022, Weave has increased the general construction cost of Kenya to 4.29 % in other areas.

For example, if you plan to establish a standard house in Nairobi or Kiambu, it costs 1.34 % to 1.44 % from last year. In western areas, the same increases from 1.11 % to 1.96 %, and to 1.36 % in coastal buildings.

On the other hand, the margin of the apartment blocks is 1.19 % to 1.62 % in Nairobi, 1.95 % to 4.17 % in western areas, and 1.13 % to 2.26 % in the coastal area. However, the largest loser in Nairobi is a luxurious development because construction costs increase by approximately 3.73 % between 2021 and 2022.

Why the cost of building a house in Kenya has increased in 2022

There are several reasons for construction in 2022, but the increase in population on Kenya’s soil has had the greatest impact so far.

2019 Kenyan shilling was sold at 101.4 per US dollar. After that, in the month of December 2021 and part of 2022, it rose to 116 shilling per USD. As a result, it costs money to even import basic construction materials and joints.

Even Kenya manufacturers in the construction industry complain that raw materials such as steel and iron are being faced out. And it does not stop there. The problem will worsen further with the recent tax increase, despite many requests from manufacturers and retailers.

Although it is noted that all the construction charges revealed here are only estimates of construction costs. You can discover that the real expense of your project is different., How to understand, there is a factor that finally affects the project economy.

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Factors affecting the cost of building a house in Kenya.

  1. Design

This includes not only the architectural design but also the structural, mechanical, electrical, interior, and landscape design of buildings. At the same time, the general design that causes the result affects almost all construction projects, from the types and amounts of the material to the finishing level, and the necessary specialized knowledge.

Therefore, in a sense, the design of the building is the definitive cost determination factor. The easier, the less expense during construction.

2. The method of addressing the construction process

 The construction process determines cumulative expenditure at the end of the project. In other words, what work method do you plan to use? What kind of contractor is proceeding? Do you get an appropriate scaffold or are you using wooden support?

3.Construction sites conditions

 Apart from the design of the entire building and the corresponding construction process, Kenya’s construction cost is also very affected by the conditions of the site. This acts on Aspects: slope gradient, soil type, vegetation, road access, the proximity of groundwater, location, and many other physical variables. For example, the coastal construction project pays additional costs while acquiring freshwater.

Apart from that, the use of widely used saltwater can cause concrete compression resistance to be affected.

4. Meteorological element.

Construction depends largely on the weather, so extreme conditions can have a significant effect on project costs. For example, the optimal temperature to pour concrete is 10 to 30 degrees.  When there are adverse weather conditions like frequent rains it will lower the construction rate and may result in a high cost of building a house in Kenya.


As we have discussed above there are a number of various elements that influence the cost of building a house in Kenya. Take your time before building and assess those factors so as to run your construction while saving some money at the same time.

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