Steel building kits are sold as quick erect options for builders, but are they a good option for the owner builder? Modern steel kit homes use vertical support panels and roof frames instead of trusses. For me, this panel and frame system was less easy than trusses, which were more suitable for me as a sole worker. If you have a large open plan living area, like I did, very heavy steel hanging beams have to be hoisted onto the wall frames.
Numerous important tasks need to be done before, during and after steel kit homes have been erected. As an owner builder, it's all up to you. Erecting the steel frame is only about 20% of the process.
Here is a brief list of what else has to be done:
Project costing and planning
Owner builder licence
Clearing and building a house pad
Building a shed
Easement, fencing and driveway
Utilities: power and phone
Slab or raised floor construction
Water and waste
Plumbing and electrical
All of this can be achieved by an owner builder, just as well as a builder can do it, and as long as you get the right advice, you will save a lot of money.
My council authority required almost a dozen submissions, another six forms and a few certificates to satisfy their application standards. The red tape seems endless, but achievable by an owner builder. I needed to have plans in triplicate, drawings, surveys, site plans etc all to scale, all easily read and produced by the correct tradesman or professional.
To be specific, they needed survey and house siting, environmental plan, clearing plan, bushfire provisions, house plans, soils test results, foundation plans, wind rating, shed plans, driveway plan, general waste plan, water waste plan, and basix commitments.
This was all a frustrating process that was made all the more difficult as I didn't have any useful guides. The building process stalled at times as the provided handbook was for a wood framed home. I found the owner building of my steel home kit to be an enormous challenge that would have been MUCH easier if I'd had a structured guide. A guide for building steel structures as well as where to start and how to finish.
My experience of building a steel kit home was amazing, but before I started, I found the real story from an owner builder perspective completely illusive. There were lots of kit home provider/salesmen views, many plodding weekend warriors sharing their woes, but no real life stories of how they got from plan to execution, from uncleared block, through development application, from laying a slab to occupation certificate.
About me. I have successfully built a wooden kit home and now a steel kit home. My primary skills are in home renovation such as roofing, bathrooms, installing kitchen flatpacks, flooring, wall linings, cladding, replacing windows, concrete slabs, and guttering. I have also constructed pergolas, decks and stairs. Having this range of skills is 'gold' for an owner builder outside of the building industry.
Even if you have only a few of these skills, a successful steel kit build is well within your grasp.
This is an invitation to be immersed in the real experience of an owner builder starting from an uncleared bush block to moving in day. If you ever wanted to build your own home, this will inspire you and show you how to get to the finish line, and enjoy the experience.
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Testimonial. "Steel Yourself is a definitive guide for an owner builder specifically considering steel building kits. In addition the author, Michael Jenner, provides an extremely useful guide that applies to other owner build projects as the book details the navigation route required for building approvals and the project management skills required.
In an easy-to-read format, Michael invites the reader on his personal journey as he undertakes his own, mainly solo, build of a kit home on a heavily vegetated rural block with fire hazard and wildlife corridor restrictions and regulations. Anyone considering following a similar path will appreciate the process in which Michael outlines everything required with gaining building approvals and working with government and utilities to ensure the build proceeds with minimum delays. Much value can be gained from following the checklists and timeline management techniques that Michael employs that results in his project becoming his home in nine months from the first building approval step.
Along the way, Michael explains and illustrates each aspect of the build and provides valuable techniques that he devises in the physical erection of frames and cladding with only one set of hands available. The layout of the book allows a reader to immediately refer to specific aspects of a build. This book should feature prominently in any prospective owner builder’s tool bag."
Steel Yourself: Table of Contents
18 Chapters of unique information
Hundreds of detailed graphics and plans
As a 'how to' guide, this ebook would normally be priced over $40
It's yours for $12.95
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