Choosing a good kit home design is not rocket science. Thousands of ready-made designs are already available to prospective buyers. There’s also the option of mapping out your own kit home design with the right software. But how do you know you have a good design?
A good kit home design starts… at home
There are probably few things that are more disappointing than suddenly realising that the place you chose, whether it’s an apartment or a house, has a few crucial faults. In some cases it can spoil that idyllic vision you had of sipping tea while the sun is setting in the distance. The right kit home design starts at home and is built for both the present and the future.
Tip #1: Look at what you have
Good preparation starts with an analysis of your current living environment, and making a list of things you love about it, merely like about it and dislike about it. The key lies in using a design that already works, and then improving on it. Those aspects that do not work or fit in with your requirements can be kept on a list of things to avoid.
Tip #2: What does the future hold?
Once you’ve made that “Like” list of your current accommodation, take a moment to think where you’ll be in a couple of years. Children, pets and maybe even other family members come into play. Keep in mind that one of the great benefits of kit home designs is that it can be modified as time passes. Ensure your design leaves enough flexibility for unplanned future modifications.
Tip #3: Plan with efficiency
Take a look at global population numbers. We’re almost at 7 billion, with estimates pointing to a global population of 9 billion in the next few years. The toll on those natural resources we rely on is increasing, and will become more regulated as time wears on.
Keep these efficiency tips in mind:
• Ensure that your kit home design takes natural light into account. The more sun you get, the less you’ll have to rely on electricity during the day.
• An energy-efficient kit home can also help cut costs on heating if positioned right.
• Rainwater tanks help many households to minimise water usage and cost. These often need to be in close proximity of your house, so be sure to leave enough space around the house.
• Compost heaps are a good way to get your own fertile soil. Should you perhaps reserve a special area of the garden?
These are just a few tips to keep in mind when designing your kit home. What others can you come up with?
Tip #4: Termites? Floods? Choose the right kit home type!
Steel frame kit homes can withstand a number of natural disasters, but are not the only option available. The right choice depends on the natural phenomena the structure might encounter over a period of years. It is essential to take recent and historical data into account when you design your kit home and choose the materials it will be constructed with.
Tip #5: Plan the inside with efficiency
Over the years we tend to accumulate a lot of “stuff”. Some of it might be sentimental, others are really useful. Then there are also the items we’ve purchased that might come in useful somewhere in the future. Everything will need to be stored somewhere, which is why storage space is a crucial element of kit home design.
The tips above aren’t comprehensive in any way, but all point to the fact that a good design is one that has considered all possible eventualities, and all possible living requirements. View our kit home designs today to find one that matches your requirements as closely as possible, and use the elements on your list to create a home that will be good to you and your family for years to come.