Kit homes

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

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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.

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