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Painting

Step 23. Painting internal and external walls.

It's now time to paint your home. Probably one of the easiest steps in building yet getting it right can mean the difference between an amazing looking home and a very average looking home. Read up on the best techniques and start your painting in the most inconspicuouse areas. Paint shops have DIY guides to help you.

External PaintingPainting Two Level Home

Colour Schemes

Colours and Ideas

By this time you'll probably already know what colours you'll be painting your home. If you haven't, it's probably best to visit your local paint shop to select colours. Many paint shops will even match colours if you have something in the colour you want.

There are also a number of other options such as wall paper and special finishes that you can find through your local paint shop. These finishes can make your home look even more special.

Feature walls are another great way to make your home look even more appealing.

If you're planning on selling your home once it's finished then it's probably best to keep colours simple and neautral to appeal to the most amount of people. Black or dark grey wall and ceilings in select areas are very popular at the moment.

Just remember though, at the end of the day it's only paint so you can always go over it. The most important part is making sure the finish is smooth because removing paint can be a very painful process.

Scaffolding

If you're painting a two story or elevated home and you require scaffolding to reach parts of the home then it is smart to start the painting process externally as soon as possible to save on extra scaffold hire.

Safety First

Although painting can be a very simple stage of the buildingn process it is advised to take caution when dealing with these products.

  1. Take care with reaching high places - ensure you wear safety supports
  2. Always wear face masks when working in super confined spaces
  3. Try to ventilate small areas to make sure excess fumes are not inhaled
  4. Cover flooring or important items below.

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FAQs

Can I modify the standard plans or provide my own design?

Yes. All standard plans can be modified to suit your needs. You can change the number of rooms, increase or decrease the size of the house or if you prefer, you can bring your own plans for costing. more »

What is included in the kit?

A full inclusions list can be found here. In general however, the kit includes all materials required for lockup but does not include on-site labour, transport and delivery charges, site survey, site clearing, PC items, concrete for footings, Electrical and plumbing etc. more »

Where do you deliver to?

Delivery areas include all Australian states and territories. Arrangements can also be made for international deliveries excluding some countries. more »

In general how much could I expect to save if I decide to build a kit home as an owner builder?

As an owner builder/manager you are effectively cutting out the builder and therefore should make a saving of 20% to 30%. If you choose to be more hands on and undertake some of the manual tasks such as erecting the walls and roof trusses, installing windows, doors and painting the internal and externals etc, your savings will be increased further. more »

Is it hard to become an owner builder?

The process to obtain an owner builders permit is usually very straight forward. There are a few requirements and depending on which state you are building in, may also require you to undergo a short course (usually a weekend course), either online or at a training school. In most states a small application fee is payable. Click here for more owner builder information. more »

Are kit homes suitable for areas prone to cyclones?

Yes. Cyclonic kits can be purchased at an additional cost. These kits are manufactured with extra reinforcements that will make then suitable for areas prone to cyclones. All standard kits can be upgraded to cyclonic kits. All standard kits can be manufactured to meet with the cyclonic rating required for your area. more »

What is the turnaround time, from ordering the kit to onsite delivery?

This is determined by the size of the home. Generally we can have the kit on site within three to five weeks from time of ordering. more »

How will my kit home be delivered?

The entire kit can be delivered to your site in a shipping container, or part container and part by truck. Delivery can also be made in stages upon request. It is up to you what is more suited to your build plan. more »

How long does it take to build a kit home?

This depends upon the amount of labour and skill level. As a guide, a non-skilled owner builder can erect frames and roof trusses for an average size home in two to three days then the remainder of the build is similar to that of normal build times. A smaller kit can be built to lock up within a month. Larger, more complex homes will take longer. You should allow ten to twelve weeks on site for an average home. more »

Does the kit home come with warranty?

The steel frame is Backed by a 50 year BlueScope Steel warranty and all other components of the build have their individual manufacturers warranties. more »