Construction Guide

Construction Guide For Design-Build homes in Singapore

Welcome to SureBuild’s comprehensive guide on constructing custom houses in Singapore.


With our years of experience in the construction industry, we are committed to providing you with valuable insights and guidance to make your dream custom home a reality.


This guide covers everything from planning to completion, ensuring a seamless construction process, including estimated SGFA (Site Gross Floor Area) costs per square foot and some estimated takeoff costs.

Preliminary Planning

1. Preliminary Planning

  • Site selection and evaluation

  • Budgeting and financing options (including estimated SGFA (Site Gross Floor Area)  costs per square foot)

  • Estimated SGFA costs for bungalow, semi-detached, or terrace houses: 

    • Bungalow: SGD 4,300 to SGD 5,400 per square foot

    • Semi-Detached: SGD 3,800 to SGD 4,900 per square foot

    • Terrace House: SGD 3,200 to SGD 4,300 per square foot

  • Legal and regulatory requirements

2. Architectural Design (Estimated Fees)

  • Architectural design fees: SGD 20,000 to SGD 50,000

  • Professional engineer fees: SGD 15,000 to SGD 30,000

  • Customizing your house design

  • Maximizing space and natural light

Architectural Design (Estimated Fees)
Construction Phases (Typical Construction Costs)

3. Construction Phases (Typical Construction Costs)

  • Bungalow: SGD 1.8million to SGD 3.0 million

  • Semi-Detached: SGD 1.3 million to SGD 1.8 million

  • Terrace House: SGD 800,000 to SGD 1.3 million

  • Clearing and excavation

  • Foundation and structural work

  • Framing and roofing

  • Interior and exterior finishes

4. Project Management

  • Collaborating with your design-build team

  • Project scheduling and timeline management

  • Quality control and inspections

Project Management
Sustainable Building Practices

5. Sustainable Building Practices

  • Incorporating eco-friendly materials and designs

  • Energy-efficient systems

  • Rainwater harvesting and landscaping

6. Interior Design and Finishes (Typical Costs)

  • Bungalow: SGD 200,000 to SGD 350,000

  • Semi-Detached: SGD 180,000 to SGD 220,000

  • Terrace House: SGD 90,000 to SGD 150,000

  • Flooring

  • Wall finishes

  • Ceiling options

  • Kitchen design

  • Bathroom design

  • Lighting and fixtures

Safety and Security

7. Safety and Security

  • Implementing safety measures during construction

  • Smart home security solutions

8. Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces

  • Garden and outdoor area design

  • Pool and patio construction

  • Maintenance and care tips

Landscaping and Outdoor Spaces
Final Inspections, Handover, and TOP (Temporary Occupation Permit)

9. Final Inspections, Handover, and TOP (Temporary Occupation Permit)

  •  Ensuring compliance with regulations

  •  Snagging and rectification

  •  Handing over your dream home and obtaining the TOP