You want to build a new home, but you don't have an unlimited budget and are looking for the most cost effective solution to home building. You look for the available options and discover that some companies offer kit homes for sale. What are kit homes? Are kit homes the cost effective solution you're looking for? Can you build the home you want from a kit or are your design options limited?
What Are Kit Homes?
On a typical building site, all the framing materials are delivered in standard lengths and it is up to the building crew to cut them to the specific lengths needed to construct the home. This is a time-honoured tradition, but is it the most efficient way to build a home? What if all of those materials were delivered pre-cut and ready for assembly? This could save you time and money in a variety of ways:
- Your building crew wouldn't be wasting hours every day studying drawings.
- The workers would be using their time more productively. Instead of constantly moving from cutting materials to building the framework, they could focus on construction alone.
- Errors would be eliminated, since all the materials would be pre-cut to exact dimensions.
- Wasted materials such as off-cuts would be entirely eliminated.
This is what you get when you buy a kit home. Unlike a custom-built home, a kit home arrives at your building site from the factory, where all the building materials, including frames, wall panelling, flooring and other major components have already been cut to size. Some kit homes even come complete with carpets, cabinets and other interior fit-outs. Because the components of a kit home are factory cut, you save money on inefficient construction costs.
What Are the Limitations of Kit Homes?
Many people initially shy away from kit homes, believing they limit their design options or choices of cladding and other materials. If you take a closer look at what kit home manufacturers offer, though, you will realise that there are few if any limitations to them. You can choose between dozens of different standard layouts and if there is something you want changed or added, it can be done for you. The range of available styles runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary, with many variations in between. If you have your heart set on a Federation style home, you can find a Federation style kit home. If Colonial is more to your liking, you can get that, too.
Some kit home manufacturers specialise in timber framed homes, while others specialise in steel frame construction. Most manufacturers offer a variety of cladding, so if you want brick or brick veneer, you can have it or if you prefer weatherboard or modern, light-weight concrete bricks, these are available options as well.
What Is Not Included in Kit Homes?
When budgeting for your new home, you will discover many cost saving benefits to kit homes. Aside from the potential for saving on construction costs, you won't need to hire an architect or professional draughtsperson to do your drawings. However, it is important to remember that construction and construction-related costs (such as your building permits, etc.) are not included in the price of a kit home. In most cases, delivery is not included in the initial quote, since that will vary depending on where you live. Some kit homes have more inclusions than others and these costs need to be factored into your budget as well. Ask your kit home dealer representative for all the details first and avoid any unpleasant surprises.