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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 addition, kit homes allow homeowners to take part in their property’s construction, which can be a satisfying experience for many. A kit home is designed and partially manufactured off site and then all the materials are delivered by truck to the construction site for assembly. Some kits have parts that will need to be cut and trimmed on site. Kit homes are spacious and functional, as well as self-sufficient and sustainable. They have an open-plan layout, pre-built components that allow better quality control, eco-friendly properties and design flexibility.

Affordability

Kit homes are more affordable than conventional 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, utilities and completing the interior are generally not included in the kit price. But overall, kit homes are still cheaper, costing 40% less to build. Applying what you’ve learnt from your research and an owner-builder course can also save time and money. You can save more money by doing more of the work yourself. However, if you have no training in construction, hire a building contractor. This means the home can be assembled onsite much faster.

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