I returned to Ireland after several years in Australia to be told that construction costs have plummeted to mid/late 1980s rates, with blocklayers charging as little as 50c a block and tilers 5 euro per sq yard. This sounds exceptionally low. I've also been told that a 3000 sq ft house can be built direct labour for as little as 100k euro which works out at a touch over 30 euro per sq ft. This would involve sourcing material from over the board and going direct labour.
Does anyone have any recent experience of building in this way? Is it really achievable?