When you think of kit homes, you may think of an industrial style building, but these days, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The new style kit homes are attractive and cost effective and they hold many benefits over other types of buildings. Think
Kit home designs are flexible
Most kit home companies can tailor the home to suit your requirements. So, if you want the living room on the other side of the home than the plan says, or you want to make the bathroom two way instead of single entry, chances are you can. Some companies and designers will even allow you to create a custom home.
Kit homes are cost-effective and can save you money
Kit homes are cheaper to buy and build than a standard home is, and they are so easy to build that, if you have the skills and time, you can do it yourself, saving you thousands of dollars over a traditional house. If you do decide to have a builder erect the home, it will be a much quicker process than building a standard home, and thus you’ll save in labour costs.
Kit homes help you in the building process
Many kit home companies and suppliers will provide you with all the documentation that you need in order to get planning licence approval. They can also give you everything that you need to get your building licence so that you can start building the home yourself. You will find that the supplier or company will give you a comprehensive instruction manual if you are planning on building the home yourself, and all the phone and building assistance that you need.
Kit homes are energy- efficient and eco-friendly
Kit homes generally meet five-star energy efficiency ratings or better. This is because of the latest materials used (insulation, double glazing, etc) and also because of the design itself. As well as being energy efficient, kit homes are environmentally friendly, because they are made either from sustainable treated pine timber frames or from recyclable steel.
Common mistakes to avoid
While kits homes are a great alternative for self-builders, there are some common pitfalls
that you should watch out for. Save time and money by avoiding these common mistakes.
• Don’t just place your kit home down on your block anywhere. Position it to take into consideration views, privacy, summer and winter temperatures, etc.
• Don’t try to pour the cement all at once, unless you have the manpower to complete the job before the cement ‘goes off ’.
• If you are using trades people, make sure you schedule them correctly – for example, make sure all plumbing, insulation and electrical work is done before the dry waller arrives.
• Don’t finalise your design and budget until you know the site requirements.
• Don’t try to do everything yourself unless you have plenty of experience and time.
• Don’t skimp on wall frame props during roofing, because the walls will not remain plumb.
• Don’t make your design so unique that it won’t fit in with your neighbours and be more difficult to sell in the future.
• Make sure you know the rules before you break them.
• Don’t go too big just because you can.
• Don’t make your design so unique that it would not be appealing to others and thus harder to sell in the future.
• Don’t forget to apply glue to floor sheeting or it will squeak.
• Make sure you seek professional advice when needed.
• Don’t set yourself unrealistic deadlines at the expense of your health and family life.
• Don’t guess. Use bids from subcontractors to determine hours needed for any given task.
• Allocate a percentage of your budget for landscaping. It is not an expense, it’s an investment.
• Don’t cut corners on fixtures and fittings. Choose a design that takes your lifestyle into consideration, such as need for privacy, room for entertaining, space for family growth, etc.