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Kit Homes

Kit homes have seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to their stylish designs, energy-efficiency and affordability. In addition, kit homes allow homeowners to take part in their property’s construction, which can be a satisfying experience for many.

Kit homes have seen a rise in popularity in recent years due to their stylish designs, energy-efficiency and affordability. In additi on, kit homes allow homeowners to take part in their property’s constructi on, which can be a sati sfying experience for many. A kit home is designed and parti ally manufactured off site and then all the materials are delivered by truck to the constructi on site for assembly. Some kits have parts that will need to be cut and trimmed on site. Kit homes are spacious and functi onal, as well as self-sufficient and sustainable. They have an open-plan layout, pre-built components that allow bett er quality control, eco-friendly properti es and design flexibility.

Affordability

Kit homes are more affordable than conventi onal homes. Their costs will vary depending on the type of home you choose, what is and isn’t included in the package, how much of the work you’ll take on yourself, and if you’re hiring a contractor to build the home. Generally, a kit home package will cost about one third of the total cost of the completed home. Most kits only come with the materials for the home’s exterior shell. The cost of labour, land, uti liti es and completi ng the interior are generally not included in the kit price. But overall, kit homes are sti ll cheaper, costi ng 40% less to build. Applying what you’ve learnt from your research and an owner-builder course can also save ti me and money. You can save more money by doing more of the work yourself. However, if you have no training in constructi on, hire a building contractor. This means the home can be assembled onsite much faster.

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