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Design Tips For Your New Home.

Story: Anita
Oct 11, 2018

Some helpful tips when designing your new steel framed home:
  • To get an insight with actual room sizes on your plan, measure your existing home rooms and see if these are too big or too small and note areas where you have specific furniture and the room size this will require
  • Walk through your floor plan, before you commit to a final plan do a mental walk through of the entire home to get a feel of the overall design
  • Cladding, there are many options available that offer a variety of finishes. Always check that whichever cladding you choose will be one that is best suited to your environment. Proximity to salt air, hot or cold climates and bush fire zones have specialised options available for longevity
  • Always try and put internal doors close together where ever possible to get the maximum wall and floor space for furniture without obstruction
  • Try and avoid wasted floor space with unnecessary hallways and wall placement. If these are necessary, then try and combine with a built-in storage solution
  • Window placement, take note of where the sun rises and sets for windows and light
  • Try keeping to a simple roof line as this is more cost effective for materials and installation and a lot easier for an owner builder
  • Take a photo of the pipes and electrics in the walls before plastering so you can show your cabinet maker or plumber. This will help if you want to make a shower niche or any built-in storage
  • In-floor heating for cooler climates and ducted heating and cooling systems need early consideration
  • Dimmer switches for lighting
  • Built in wiring and cables for speaker, TV and internet
  • Pet doors and strengthened insect screens with wire mesh so claws cannot cause damage 
  • Ceiling heights for heating and cooling, a high ceiling, although it looks great, costs a lot more money to heat and cool
  • Power points do not just need to be on walls, they can be in cupboards and storage places
  • Garage size, storage and access door to inside the home
  • Laundry room in relation to the linen cupboard, maybe a laundry chute, the external door and clothes line
  • Insulation for heating, cooling and acoustics. If there are proximity bedrooms and living areas an acoustic in wall or ceiling insulating system can be used to minimise noise levels
  • Be aware of any potential BAL-Levels in areas prone to bush fire attack
  • Take note of the land contours and whether you have any underlying challenges to consider such as a complex soil or water levels
  • Consider power points and cables in any outdoor areas
  • If using solar be sure to advise that you might require additional roof support
  • Flooring, consider colour, climate, sunlight and high traffic areas before you make you final selections. Always try to keep a uniformed approach to floor coverings rather than several assorted styles
  • Decking, there are several types of timber varieties and widths of planks, Check that you comply with local requirements as some decks need a fire proof application.
  • Consider the amount of people living in the home, their age, hobbies and needs.

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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 »