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Site Preparation

Step 6. Preparing The Site For Building.

Before you start building you need to make sure you meet all site requirements. Preparing your site well to begin with means a much safer, more productive working environment. It also means minimising risk as you would have learnt about when studying for your health and safety certificate.

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Proper Surveying

If your building block is not clearly identified by survey pegs, you cannon be certain that you are building on the correct block. A surveyor will survey your block for a reasonable cost. Better to be safe than sorry. The local shire council will normally request that the block has at least two survey pegs before they will release your plans.

Connection Of Necessary Services

You may apply direct to the local authority for the connection of water. Ensure that a licensed tradesman makes application for:

  • Electricity supply
  • Sewerage main
  • Septic tank and requirements


In accordance with the requirements set down by local council authorities and the Builders Registration Board, every building site must display (in a prominent position) an on-site sign. The sign must display: Owner Builders Permit Number, lot number and owners name.

In addition a safety sign will need to be erected - in some areas this is supplied to owner builders free of charge.

Items to check before construction:

Site contours should have been checked and fall of land or site cuts should have been shown of the plans.

Storage areas for building materials.

All vegetation to be removed from building areas.

Builders profiles for the accurate location for all footings.

Local authorities will require the provision of a sanitary closet or 'portable toilet'. This can be hired from a hire centre.

Access for concrete trucks etc.

Power supply for initial electricity into your site by way of a Temporary Builders Pole or generator hire.

Water supply required for testing of under slab drainage and rough-in required for sub traders such as bricklayers, plasterer, tiler and painters.

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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 »