Kit Homes Explained
Australia is seeing a large increase in steep and sloping blocks and with that comes an increased interest in kit homes. Kit homes have seen huge design improvements in recent years, have become more affordable and the idea of homeowners being involved in their own property’s construction is appealing for many.
Essentially, a kit home is a house that is designed and partially manufactured off-site and then shipped to a location for assembly. It’s not a new concept, but the popularity is certainly increasing.
The benefit of a kit home is that everything can be delivered at once via one or two trucks and then constructed as an owner/builder or with the help of a sub-contractor. The quality of kit homes do vary, so always ensure you work with a reputable company that is licenced with the Office of Fair Trading.
If you are thinking about tackling a kit home, here is a guide to help you with the process:
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:
Unless you have half a million dollars in the bank or you’re happy to be saddled with mortgage payments for the next thirty years, the options for first home buyers are somewhat limited in today’s cut-throat housing market.
You could buy a cheap ‘fixer-upper’ and spend all your free time up to your elbows in plaster and paint. Alternatively, you could buy an average house way out in the boonies somewhere and commute several hours a day to work.
Or there’s a third option, one that more and more first home buyers are seizing with both hands; you could build your own kit home.
Here are just some of the advantages kit homes offer first home buyers:
Because a kit home comes in pre-fabricated pieces, you have the option to assemble it yourself. This can save you up to 40% on the cost of a traditional build. If you have basic trade skills, a good work ethic and family or friends you can call on to lend a hand, then this is your best option.
You also have the option of hiring a contractor to build your kit home for you, or having the manufacturer do it for you as part of the package. This will still save you thousands on a traditional build.
So you’re looking at purchasing a kit home? Great choice! Kit homes are a lot cheaper than conventional homes, whether you build it yourself or have someone do it for you, and these days your design is limited only by your imagination.
But what do you choose … timber or steel frames and trusses? There are pros and cons associated with each, so in order to help you decide, here are the arguments for and against:
Kit homes are a great alternative for owner builders. While they used to all look the same, kit homes now come in a huge range of designs and have many flexible options.
A kit home can cost you up to 40% less than building a conventional home, but if you’re doing it yourself, there are some pitfalls that you need to watch out for.
You can save a lot of money and wasted time just by avoiding these 20 common mistakes:
So you are looking to build your next home and are thinking about a kit home. But what exactly is a kit home and how does the whole process work? Here we’ve listed some of the important ins and outs of kit homes every person building their own kit home should know about.
What is a kit home?
In a nutshell, a kit home is a house where most of the components of the home are prefabricated and are brought to your property where it is assembled. It’s like putting a huge ‘kit’ together. The frames are made from either steel or timber, depending on what you want.
Advantages of building a kit home
Kit homes are extremely cost effective. They are much cheaper to buy and to build.