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Why Build a Kit Home?

Last Updated Sep 14, 2018 · Written by Rob Schneider


Why build a kit home? The first answer that usually comes to mind is, "Because they're cheaper." True, kit homes do often cost less than traditionally built homes, but today, their price is just one of many reasons why building a kit home makes sense. Let's look at some other reasons.

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What is a Kit Home?


Basically, a kit home is a home that is partially or completely built off-site. It is built out of the same materials any standard home is built from and is subject to the same building standards as all new homes are. Building a kit home requires a building permit and regular building inspections. The main difference is that the home is built in a factory. This has advantages over on site building:
  • Construction proceeds faster.
  • Quality control is built into the construction process.
  • There is less materials waste because materials have been pre-calculated.
Kit homes can have timber or metal frames. You can choose between a number of standard configurations and customised features. With a choice of home designs, claddings, roof materials, colours, room layouts and interior fittings to choose from, a completed kit home can look like a custom-built home. Even kit homes that are built completely off-site and from standard room layouts can be easily customised, because the rooms can be configured differently and the detailing customised. Kit homes are so customisable today, in fact, that you can even specify an environmentally friendly kit home layout that makes the most of passive solar energy, includes solar panels and is built to optimise energy efficiency in the home.

Does any of the above sound like a kit home as you imagined it to be? If not, you're not alone. Kit homes are often misunderstood because the worst examples of kit homes are usually the most visible ones. These can be easily recognised because they are virtually identical and usually made with the cheapest materials. Fair enough, for retirees and others on fixed incomes, a small kit home like this can be a very comfortable and affordable home, but that's not all a kit home can be. Did you know, for example, that 4 bedroom, 2 storey kit homes were available or that everything from Federation style to minimalist designs were on the market? You can be forgiven if you didn't know because when you see one (and you probably have), you don't know it's a kit home.

Choosing a Kit Home


There are dozens of kit home suppliers. Each of them specialises in its own range of styles, materials and services. Rather than choose one that happens to be located in your vicinity, look at the catalogues available from kit home builders Australia-wide. Many kit home builders have arrangements with tradies and related businesses throughout the country and can deliver all the necessary components. There may be an extra shipping cost, but you won't know until you've received a quote. Start by choosing your preferred design and then get quotes. If you don't see exactly what you want, ask if it can be included as a custom feature.

When you do your costings, make sure to include everything. The kit home itself does not necessarily include built-in fixtures such as kitchen cupboards or fittings such as showers, baths and toilets. If you like the design and the cost of the kit home compares favourably to the cost of a custom-built home (including architect's drawings, etc.), a kit home may be perfect for you.
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