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Building In Steel Gives Your Home The Edge

Story: Kithomes
Oct 11, 2018
Building in steel gives your home the edge
Building in steel gives your home the edge

For many areas of Australia and in other parts of the world timber eating pests such as termites can cost thousands of dollars in repairs. Building in steel is 100% termite and borer proof and will give you total peace of mind. Timber framed homes will require the use of toxic chemicals to keep pests at bay and this will be an on-going cost.

A steel framed home will not attract mould and fungi and steel has become recognised as a healthy home alternative for people suffering from breathing disorders.

Safety in the home is increased with steel as it is non-combustible and significantly reduces the amount of flammable materials around the home. The fact that steel is well grounded makes it less probable to be hit or impaired by a lightning strike.

The strength of steel is unlimited, and it can provide structural integrity in cyclonic conditions, cold climates, high snow loadings, high fire zones and coastal environments.

The durability of steel means it requires little maintenance making it a cost-effective choice.

Steel will not shrink, twist or warp, reducing the likelihood of problems such as cracking cornices, jamming doors, sticking windows or wavy rooflines.

Steel is light weight and therefore easier to handle which makes construction faster.

Steel is environmentally friendly and energy efficient being one of the most recycled materials on the planet and can be recycled at the end of its lifespan,

When combined with other design enhancements such as linings and insulation,

Steel buildings are notably energy efficient. The connections between high-quality, prefabricated steel parts are so exact that with the addition of adequate insulation they are air-tight and comfortable, ensuring the building has a completely sealed envelope.

Light weight steel framing is precision engineered to be dimensionally accurate which means there are no specialised fasteners, cutting, retaining or hefty lifting of bulky timber lengths. This means fewer employees on site, it removes the need for cranes and heavy machinery and gives a much faster construction time.

Steel is lighter than wood and therefore it reduces materials shipping costs and can also simplify the design of a building's foundations.  

Steel is very versatile and allowing home designers to be more creative with design. The high strength-to-weight ratio of steel roof framing allows for longer spans, creating larger, more open living areas.

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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?

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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 »