When it comes time to construct your new kit home, you have two choices available to you; either do it yourself or hire a builder to do it for you. Whichever option you choose, there are a few things it will pay you to keep in mind.
Finding a good builder
There are lots of builders out there and, as in any industry, some are better than others. Finding a good builder to construct your kit home can save you time, money and a whole lot of stress. Qualities to look for in a good builder include:
Kit homes can either be built with bearer and joist construction or with a concrete slab foundation, making them suitable to erect on most building sites. If you choose to have a slab and you opt to do it yourself, this article covers the basics of laying a concrete foundation for your kit home.
The type of soil on your block will determine the type and strength of slab required. Soil types include:
If you need a building contractor to do some work for you it is wise to book them as far in advance as possible, but if you have something come up that you weren’t expecting and are stuck without a key contractor, don’t worry, because you should still be able to find the help you need. The following offers a few good tips for finding a building contractor at the last minute.
The Internet has made it easier than ever before to find building contractors fast, so whether you need a plumber for an unexpected emergency or a carpenter to put the finishing touches on your kit home, look for them online. One of the best things about finding your contractors online is that there is a huge amount of them to choose from, and you will often also find reviews online written by customers who have used those contractors before. So if you have found yourself short a contractor or two without much time to find them, don’t waste time freaking out, instead get online.
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If you are looking for a new place to live there are a lot of different ways that you can go about finding it, with one increasingly popular approach being to buy an older place, knock it down and build a new home in its place. The following looks at the pros and cons of taking the knock-down rebuild approach.
Make Your Home Exactly the Way You Want
One of the biggest advantages of a knock-down rebuild is that you can have your new home built exactly the way you want, rather than having to settle for a place that is in the location you want but isn’t exactly the style of home you are looking for. So whether you are dreaming of a grand mansion or a holiday kit home by the beach, if you are having trouble finding that ideal home, the knock-down rebuild route may be just what you need.
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Finding the right fittings for your kit home can make a significant difference to the look, feel and function of your new place, so make sure you take your choice of fittings seriously. The following are a few important things to keep in mind when hunting for those ideal fittings for your kit home.
To be any chance of finding the best fittings for your kit home you will need to do plenty of research, so get online, check out friend’s places, or stop by a few showroom kit homes. The more you know about what is available, the more chance you are of making an informed decision, so make sure you know about all of those leading options.
Setting up a new garden can be a lot of fun, whether you are moving to a new house or just changing things up in your yard, and one of the best ways to make life easier on yourself is to buy established plants. The following should be some of your main considerations when buying established plants for your new garden, so make sure you have done your homework and know exactly what you are doing.
Enjoy them straight away — While growing your own plants from seed is a fantastic idea, it requires a lot of patience, so if you’d like to enjoy your garden sooner rather than later, buying already established plants is a smart idea. It will cost you more to buy your garden plants in this way, but if you can’t or don’t want to wait months for the garden to start to thrive, it can be a worthwhile investment.
Backyard garden plants help to define spaces and provide shade, screening and privacy. Above all, they make our gardens look beautiful. Selecting plants for your garden isn’t just about the ones you like the look of, however, as they should also be durable and right for your climate. If, like most Australians, you’re looking to build a garden that has low water requirements, you’ll have to choose plants that also have low water needs, or drought-resistant plants. Whether you have just built a kit home, or you’re simply landscaping your existing yard, the following plants are ones you should consider if you live in a dry climate.
Crepe Myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)
This is a highly attractive deciduous tree that grows to eight metres and features peeling bark and colourful foliage. You can get them with white, pink, or crimson flowers, which is perfect for coordinating with your custom home. There are a few different varieties you can choose from as well, but they all require some annual pruning to manage their height and flowers.
When it comes to construction, delays are inevitable. However, you can manage your costs and keep the project moving forward simply by understanding the external factors that cause delays, paying attention to detail, and proactively communicating with everyone involved with the project. Neither the homeowner nor the contractor wants to see construction delays because it costs time and money, and managing delays can mean the difference between profit and loss, and success and failure. The following are some of the most common reasons for project delays, and how you can try to prevent them.
Clients not knowing what they want for their home
A lot of people want to build their dream home — something that is unique to them and that is designed and built by them. Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t have the skills necessary to dream up a functioning, structurally sound home from scratch. This might cause a lot of delays right from the start of a project, and possibly more wavering down the road. To avoid this issue, encourage clients to look into buying a kit home instead of building from scratch. This is the best way for clients to get a custom home, but one that has already been planned out.
In the days before the Internet, to find inspiration for improving your interior design you would have had to pour through dozens of design magazines or spend a lot of time going to open house showings, but nowadays you can access an almost endless amount of inspiration for free online. The following is a brief look at how to use the Internet to find inspiration for your interior design projects, whether you are looking to spruce up your bedroom or an entire kit home.
Find something different
If you are hoping for some true inspiration as opposed to more of the same ideas, you need to be willing to step out of your comfort zone, and the Internet makes this extremely easy. Take advantage of the power of the Internet to connect all corners of the earth and look for inspiration is a few different areas to normal, because with the world at your fingertips, you’d be foolish not to at least check out what others are doing with their custom homes.
A wonderful way to make your kit home even better is by creating a few new features out of some of its main elements, because often the difference between an average looking home and somewhere truly great can come down to just a feature or two. The following are a few of the ways you can create extra features within your kit home.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to create an awesome new feature is with paint, and even just by repainting one main area or one new feature wall you can change the look and feel of your place in a dramatic and powerful way. Unless you are a highly skilled painter yourself or simply can’t afford it, have professional painters take care of that paint job for you, as this way your feature walls will draw attention for all the right reasons.