How to Find and Buy Your Own Home Kit
Building your own home used to be only a dream, especially if you lack the budget and the time to make it come true. These days, however, thanks to some very enterprising souls and innovative minds, building your own home has become a very real possibility with kit homes – prefabricated structures that are akin to car model kits – something you can assemble and put up on your own.
The popularity of kit homes began way back in 1830, when a London carpenter named H. Manning designed a cottage for his son who was immigrating to Australia. He cut up the individual parts of the house, stored and shipped them to Australia, where they were reassembled. Kit homes became popular primarily because of the ease of which they can be built, as well as because of their affordable cost. Today, there isn’t a kit in home you can’t find on the internet. With thousands upon thousands of designs to choose from, you won’t have a hard time finding one that suits your personality and tastes.
Finding one that suits your budget and other requirements, however, is another story. The beauty of going online rather than by personal referrals is that you can see all the information you need at a glance. Finding home kits for sale on the internet means you get to know what’s included and what’s not included in the price, whether you opt for weekenders, single or double level homes. With all that’s being said and preached about self-sufficiency and sustainability, you will be able to find a kit that suits your budget pretty well.
First of all, you need to determine first if a kit is really for you. Despite the advancing popularity of these prefab houses, there are still some who see it as poor-quality housing or a temporary shelter. However, if you choose a kit with the right design and the right materials, you should be able to make yourself a home that you can live in for years and years to come. Today’s kit homes for sale are laid out with contemporary living conditions and environment in mind. Large, open spaces have become a requirement of sorts for today’s kit.
Second, you must also consider the quality of the kit you plan to purchase. Most kits today are made with modular steel frames that not only assure better flexibility in designs but also better quality control as they are factory-built, making them speedier to put up as well. Also, the lightweight steel, combined with highly-insulated roofing and wall panels make it very environment-friendly since they exceed construction regulations as far as thermal requirements are concerned. They will help keep your home energy-efficient – warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
The price of kit depends on how much or how little you want it factory-built. It also depends on the type of home kit you’d like to build – log homes, paneled homes, timber-frame homes and geodesic homes, all vary in price. Remember as well that while the rest of the house is included in the price, you will still need to spend for things like plumbing, cabinets and light fixtures to outfit the rest of the house. Do your homework and be prepared for everything when your home kit is delivered, but most importantly, you need to know what you’re getting yourself into and understand that this is not a project you can just forget about when the going gets tough.