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Step 22. Organising a Plumbing Contractor.

Plumbing contractor will finish plumbing and wastes to sink, baths, vanities, showers, laundry tub, washing machine cocks, toilet hose cocks and hot water system. Check and complete all roof flashings and complete drainage including septic where required.

The plumber can come back and complete all wastes, taps and fittings after the tiler has completed his work. The plumber can also complete all drainage to sewer or septic connection.

The storm water can either run to the road side kerb, to gravel pits or to rain water tanks. The plumber and drain layer have to get all their work inspected and receive an approval certificate from the shire council. This certificate must be passed onto you for your clearance when the house is completed.

Plumbing ContractorsPipes Installation

We have all experienced poor quality or even broken tap and bathroom wear, so it is important to purchase items that are functional and well made.

Don't just buy on looks, test the components before you buy and get something that is obviously going to last. Also remember that whilst mixers and more higher priced tapwear can cost more, it can actually be cheaper to install as there are less pipes and labor required in their implementation.

Some examples of what a plumber might finish:

  • Taps and spouts for bathrooms and kitchens
  • Toilets and wastes
  • Hot water systems
  • Spa and showers
  • Sinks and vanity integration
  • Sealing wet areas and closing gaps

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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 »