The advent and invention of the kit home has certainly made owning a home easier. Not only do these prefab wonders streamline the process of home-building by leaps and bounds, they are also easier on the pocket, which is perhaps the main reason why more and more people are going to great lengths to own one and finally have a home they can call their own.
However, just like traditional home building, building your own kit homes can seem easy but if you do your research online, you will find that there are many things you need to know and learn before you can even think of building one, much less owning one. But then, once you learn the ropes and everything else that you need to know, it will all be easier from there. You just need to be patient and ask all the right questions and you’ll get the home that you want and be able to build it according to your preferred budget and timeline.
The thing about kit homes is that they can be grand or tiny, rustic or sophisticated. The first rule, however, of being able to build affordable homes is to make sure you build one that is just the right size for you and your family. No one can say exactly what size is perfect but maybe you need to think twice about adding an extra or bonus room especially if you’re on a tight budget.
You also need to be realistic about your prefab home purchases – the cheap price basically covers just the weather-tight shell, so you will still have to be responsible for outfitting your home from the inside. Plumbing, kitchen cabinets, lighting fixtures as well as bathroom fixtures will need to be bought by you, not to mention the fact that you will need to hire a plumber and electricians to take care of the wiring and pipe installations because doing these on your own may lead to more problems than you care to deal with. Of course, there’s still the cost of the land you need to buy so you can have someplace to build your kit homes on. Looking on the bright side, however, you get to build your home in a shorter amount of time as opposed to traditional home building because you already have everything laid out for you as opposed to building it all up from scratch.
The next step in this guide to building your own kit home is to understand that there are several types you can choose from – log homes, panelized homes, timber-frame homes and geodesic homes. Busy people who like to manage their time well will go for panelized homes because these are already pre-cut and pre-measured and are basically ready to assemble and construct when delivered to the preferred site.
Those who like the rugged outdoors and being close to Nature on the other hand, can go for log homes while those who are after maximum energy-efficiency will go for the timber-frame and geodesic homes. Choose one that will appeal to your personal preference but at the same time also be functional and efficient enough so you don’t pay so much toward your energy bills.
Once you have decided on what type of kit home you’d like, the next step will be to go through the local housing authority to make sure everything is above board and adherent to the regulations and laws set for it. To make sure your construction will be approved, you need to be able to provide them with a copy of your land title and to perform a soil test and a contour plan on your block to make sure the foundation is level and strong enough for construction.
And finally, you now need to decide if you want to go ahead with building your home yourself or hiring professionals to do it. While it may be tempting to do everything yourself and be able to have bragging rights, some things are best left to the professionals as there are things basic carpentry skills cannot solve and it may be easier on the pocket to hire builders who will do everything properly rather than try to save on labor and end up paying more because of costly mistakes that will force you to re-do everything all over again.