How to Choose the Perfect Kit Home for You
So you’ve decided that a kit home is a great move for your new home or property investment. Great choice! Not only can kit homes be built and assembled much quicker than a regular home, but they also look great. And because they’re pre-fabricated, you also save money!
Now that you are set on building a kit home, your next step is choosing the right one that’s perfect for you. Here are a few points you should consider:
Choose a Kit Home Company and Builder You Can Trust
There are so many companies selling kit homes and builders out there who claim they can get the job done while also achieving the result you want, but unfortunately, this may not always be the case. To ensure your kit home experience isn’t a negative one, you really should do your research beforehand on the kit home company and builder you choose.
Kit Home Companies –
There are a number of ways to tell if you have found a company you can trust. First, you should find out how long their business has been operating for and if the company is receiving positive reviews from their customers. It’s also worthwhile to look at examples of their finished projects to see if their quality of work is up to standard. Queensland Shed Markets is one such company that excels in all these areas, making them an excellent choice in Brisbane for building your first kit home.
The same points should also be considered when choosing a builder to help you construct your new kit home. Ask your builder how long they have been operating for and if they have experience building kit homes. The kit home company you choose may even be able to recommend a builder for you who they trust to build their layouts correctly.
Although building a kit home is generally quicker and cheaper, all construction guidelines in kit homes are still subject to the usual local Australian Building Codes and regulations. A good contractor needs to be assigned to build kit homes, and they should be able to take care of all the legal formalities involved and hold any of the building permits required.
Alternatively, you could choose to build a kit home yourself, but you will need to apply for a Queensland Building Construction Commission builders license. It’s best to avoid this hassle altogether and choose a reliable builder instead. The extra cost of hiring a builder will be worth it in the end.
Queensland Shed Markets can also provide you with a builder to complete your kit home. Get in touch with us for more information on how we can help you complete your dream kit home.
Know Your Budget
Although you may be hoping to save on costs by choosing a kit home, that doesn’t mean you can’t get carried away by selecting a design that’s outside of your price range. Set a budget you need to stick to first before choosing the perfect kit home. You should also speak with a contractor or builder to determine what their costs will be and factor this into your total budget.
Keep in mind that you may have to make compromises to fit within your budget. Decide beforehand what aspects you can do without when push comes to shove. Maybe you don’t really need that lock up garage or back patio, but the ensuite and open plan kitchen is a must.
By working out what you must have and what you can do without ahead of time, you’re in the best position possible to make a quick decision about the layout you would like to have.
Steel Kit Homes – Steel-framed kit homes are an increasingly popular choice because steel is termite-resistant, moisture-resistant, fire safe and can withstand harsh weather better than wooden homes. These benefits do come at a cost however as steel is more expensive than wood.
In our opinion, steel kit homes are a smarter option in the long-term because we believe the benefits far outweigh the costs. However, do consider all the pros and cons of both options when making your decision.
The Right Layout
When picking the right layout for your new kit home, you may be surprised by the wide variety of modern designs to choose from these days. There are many considerations you need to think about here to ensure you are making the right decision.
The Right Layout for You – The overall layout should have priority over any specific finishes a particular design may have. Just because a particular floor plan is popular, that doesn’t mean it’s the right fit for you. How many bedrooms and bathrooms do you need? Is there enough storage space for all your things? Is the house the right size for your block of land? Trust your instincts and choose a design that feels right for your family.
A Family Home – You should always design your house with your family in mind. There are many popular layouts out there suitable for families with a family room or playroom included in the design. It’s also worthwhile to design your home so that particular areas of the house such as the lounge room can be cut off acoustically from other noisy rooms in the house.
Design Changes – If you can’t find a layout that suits your tastes, you can always request a design change. Don’t shy away from requesting design changes if you feel they are necessary. You deserve the flexibility to build your kit home the way you want it. After all, you will be living in it, so you want to make sure it’s the right fit for you.
Nothing Less Than Perfection
It is possible to have an affordable kit home that looks exactly how you want it to look. If you keep all of these points in mind, you will be well on your way to having the home of your dreams that’s just the right fit for you and your family!