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Benefits Of Steel Frame Kit Homes

The Australian Homeowner's Choice: Steel Frame Kit Homes

Why aren't all houses kit homes? It's hard to say. They're so easy to build you can do it yourself, piece by piece and, just like normal homes, can be tailored to your own requirements. Oh, and they are much, much less expensive.

The fact of the matter is that many homeowners throughout Australia have realised that kit homes are the way to go. And not just any kit homes, but steel frame kit homes. Below we'll give you their take on why steel kit homes are the preferred choice.

"Steel Frame Kit Homes? They Last!"

Indeed, they do. Steel, unlike wood or many other materials, can withstand the test of time, as well as the elements. While many other kit home types are subject to the influence of heat or water, steel frame kit homes will stay in the exact same shape as the day it was built. You'll also find that many homeowners choose the steel frame for its resistance to fire as well as termites, meaning they save in the long run when disaster strikes.

"I've Got More Space Because of the Steel Frame"

We needn't elaborate on the strength of steel - it's a well known physical property. However, it is this very strength that eliminates the need for load bearing walls, which means that as potential homeowner, you'll be able to design rooms of almost any size to get as close to your ideal living space as possible.

"It's All About The Environment, Isn't It?"

Yes it is! Global warming is an established fact and is partly attributed to deforestation that occurs on a global scale. Steel frame kit homes provide the benefit that they are eco-friendly - no trees have been harmed in the making of the steel frame. And, as an additional benefit, you'll be glad to know that you can choose to build your home from partly recycled steel. If you're concerned about the environment, then this is the way to go.

"I Got To Build The House I've Always Wanted!"

The impressive strength-to-weight ratio, the increased spans and the light weight of the steel frame means that you have more freedom when it comes to the design. Your wife will love the idea that the space you need is the space you'll get.

Additionally, steel frame kit homes meet the highest wind and seismic rating of the national building codes. When nature's fury is unleashed, steel frame kit homes are the homeowner's best friend.

Make Your List

As a potential homeowner, we'll advise you to take the time and make a list of the things you expect from your future home. It needn't be a long list, but should cover the most important aspects. These include the safety of you and your family as well as your possessions. And, when you're done, compare it to the advantages of a steel frame kit home. While each type of kit home has its own advantages, only steel frame kit homes have the ability to remain true to its physical properties for decades to come.

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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 »