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Slab

Step 10. The concreting of the slab or floor system.

Getting your foundation in place is a great feeling of accomplishment in the beginning stages of the building process. If you don't have any experience in foundation construction, it would be very wise to employ a tradesman to complete your slab or floor system. The floor slab is a very important part of the construction and if it is not completed in a satisfactory manner, then there will be trouble all the way through the construction of your home.

Concrete TruckFinished Slab

Quick Check List Before Concreting

  1. House has been sighted in correct position on block.
  2. Drainer has completed all under slab drainage with aproval.
  3. Piers and thickening beams.
  4. Under slab termite protection.
  5. Polythene waterproof membrane - all joints must be taped together.
  6. All reinforcing steel.
  7. Accurate formwork dimensions.

Care must be taken not to puncture the waterproof membrane and any holes must be taped. Be sure to check that the pest control agent has sprayed the floor area before laying the waterproof membrane. A poison certificate must be obtained to satisfy the local council.

Constructing the elevated floor system

Suspended Steel Floor System

Structural floor frame drawings will be supplied giving set out positions of stumps, bearers and joists, veranda and landing positions where applicable. Your home will be delivered in stages as work is completed, at this stage you should have received at minimum your joists, bearers and floor boards as well as any footing posts and fixing plates.

Attaching the floor boardsFloor system on a sloping block

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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 »