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Step 15. Services Contractors.

Call your plumber, electrician, TV and telecom pre wire contractors to run the necessary pipe and cabling inside your frames. If your home is being built in an estate or modern community you may also have community TV or some special services that require pre-wiring and connection. Contact these parties during this stage also.

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Electrician - After the roof has been completed, the electrician can pre-wire the house. Give special thought to the position and placement of lights, light switches, power points, and the position of the circuit breaker board and meter box. Go into each room and mark on the floor with a felt pen, an arrow pointing to the position of the switch or plug. Also write whether it is a plug or switch, mark single or double and the height above the floor. Mark onto the floor the position of the light with a circle. After you have completed the setting out, mark it all onto a photocopy of the floor plan for your file and give a copy to the electrician. The electrician will also fit the TV cable. Make sure he understands that this is to be included when he gives you a quotation. Check the quantities of power plugs, remember it is easier to fit an extra one now before the lining has been fixed. The Electrician will pre-wire out all cables and grommets will be used where the cable passes through the steel framing.

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Telecom - Advise Telstra and dthey will pre-wire for phones. Mark on the floor the same as for the electrician. Time is right to consider an extra internet line.

Plumber - The plumber can now do the rough-in, or fit all the pipes into the walls. Liaise with the plumber as to the type of bath (whether standard or sp), basins/vanity unit etc as there may be different fittings or heights of taps. The plumber may also use grommets in the steel framing where the pipes pass through, or he may simply silicone them in place. Either way is acceptable.

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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 »