Thinking of Building Your Own Kit Home? Here’s What You Need to Know

We all have our own ideas of how we want our dream home to look like and how we are going to build it. However, due to the high costs of building materials and labor, talk of dream homes are put in the back burner until such time it is feasible to bring it out again. But what if you can not only have your dream home sooner, but be able to build it yourself without costing an arm and leg?
The emergence of kit homes has certainly brought many potential homeowners closer to their dream of having homes they can call their own. With its substantial affordability and flexibility in design and construction, kit homes are the answer to those sighs of longing and envying looks you cast the way of those who have gone and fulfilled their dreams ahead of you.

The great thing about kit homes is that they can be anything you want them to be – grand, tiny, comfortable. They can be sleek and modern or energy-efficient. Whatever the size and style of kit homes you choose, there will always come with it certain risks but risks that you can avoid with proper planning and thorough research.

First of all, you need to understand that the prices of kit homes are cheaper because that’s only the weather-tight shell. That doesn’t include the cabinets, lighting fixtures, electricity and plumbing you plan to install inside the house. The final cost can go higher or lower depending on what you plan to outfit your home with and if you choose to do it yourself or hire builders to help you construct your home with minimal fuss. 

However, that’s not to say that you won’t be able to save something. For one, you save on time and labor because everything is already laid out for you, like the roof, walls and floors so you don’t need to hire a whole crew of carpenters to help you erect four walls, nor do you need to spend weeks and months framing your home because it will only take you a few hours or weeks depending on the model of kit home you choose. 

Next, you need to know that the average price for new home construction can range from $80 per square feet to $200 per square feet, so if you’re planning to build a 1,500 square feet kit home that will cost you around $120,000 to $300,000. To ensure you build a kit home that is just right, check out online home cost calculating sites so that you can get an idea of how much of a budget you should set for your needs. This is also useful when you need to talk to the bank about getting a loan for your kit home and the kind of equity you bring to the table will also help the bank determine whether or not you need to hire a contractor or if you can go ahead and build it yourself. 

Knowing as well what kind of style you want for your home is good because then you won’t have to make so many changes and alterations which can add to the costs, unless it was specifically stated by your kit home manufacturer that all changes can be made for free. The thing about kit homes is that, prior to construction, you will already have chosen the kind of materials you want to use as well as the design you want to employ so that it is delivered to you exactly as you want it, nothing more, nothing less. 

And lastly, the most important thing you need to know is that you need to know what you’re getting into. Building your dream home is something that requires total commitment so if you are not prepared to devote every waking moment to this project or are ready to see it through the end, you’d be better off just putting it off until such time you are ready. If you are ready to dream, then you should be ready to build your 
kit homes Australia and be prepared to have a home you can call your own.

Zack Bauer is a blogger and web consultant for various companies that specialize in home improvement, organization, landscaping, and pest control. He loves writing and gardening, as well as DIY carpentry and other home projects.