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Building a Steel Kit Home

Written by admin on August 23, 2013
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Building a home is usually hard enough, just with imagining how you’d like it to look.

However, worrying about building it may just be a thing of the past with kit homes.

Steel Kit Homes are the ultimate home building experience for Do-It-Yourself (DIY) fans. It’s very affordable housing when compared to traditional building techniques and an exciting challenge for the person loving to do it themselves.

Kit homes give you various options in terms of designs, single and double storey options or choosing the way you would like to build your steel kit home.

You further have the freedom to outsource additional extras and quality finishes such as hot water systems, wall and floor tiles, paint and air conditioning to anyone you choose with no builders’ margins to pay for this privilege.

Whatever you decide to do, explore all options to ensure that you select the best option for you and your family.

In this article we look at the two main ways to build your steel kit home; being an owner builder or employing a professional builder.

In coming newsletters, we will focus on the various designs and benefits of using steel kit homes.

1. Owner Builder

Westkey steel kit homes have been designed with the owner builder in mind and it’s one of the most cost effective ways to build a home today.

Major components like the frame are prefabricated in a factory and delivered to site while the rest of the components are supplied loose and must be installed onsite.

Westkey Eco Kit Homes only use steel frames. Our building kits are packed in building order and supplied with instructions, engineering plans and floor plans to make it as easy as pie for the enthusiastic DIY owner builder to assemble his kit home.

Constructing a kit home will take time but will be very cost effective and a hugely gratifying experience for the owner builder, just be aware of the following points:

Owner Builders Permits

To build a steel kit home you’ll need an owner builders’ permit. It’s relatively easy to obtain by contacting your local council or building authority for more information and application details. Ensure you do this before purchasing your kit home.

Building Experience and Tools

You don’t need a building background or lots of experience but it will help if you are quite handy with this kind of work.

Ensure you have all the necessary tools needed to build your kit home. The procedure is relatively simple but if you don’t have the correct tools for the job, you won’t be able to finish the project.

All electrical and plumbing work will have to be performed by a fully accredited plumber or electrician, but you can project manage this, which will save you thousands of dollars on builders’ margins.

2. Employing a Professional Builder

Handing over all the hassle to a professional builder is another option but can be a costly exercise.

Ensure that you choose a builder who has experience in building steel kit homes, as constructing a kit home is different to building a traditional brick and mortar home.

Your builder should also familiarise himself with all the kit home documentation to ensure that the home is build properly.

Regardless of which option you choose, ensure that you research all facets before embarking on this building project like you would with any new home you’re building.

Need more information or have questions about Steel Kit Homes?

Call Richard at Westkey today on (08) 9409 2733.

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