Steel Building Kits:
Benefits for Owner Builders

Steel building kits offer a range of benefits for the owner builder looking for ease of erection and ultimately faster building times. Steel kit providers offer almost 100% flexibility in design under roof, and can be delivered 4-6 weeks after a signed contract to provide.

Steel frame usually refers to a building technique with a "skeleton frame" of vertical steel columns and horizontal I-beams, constructed in a rectangular grid to support the floors, roof and walls of a building which are all attached to the frame. The development of this technique made the construction of the skyscraper possible.

You can also find steel framed Barn Kits which are a modern version of barn homes, which saves the difficulty of conversion. Some providers, have a frame erection service that sets foundations/piers floor systems, wall and roof frames, roofing and gutters. So you just finish the home..too easy. Many providers offer steel kit homes as well as wood now to cater for the 'wood vs steel' debates and to give alternatives to owner builders.

Benefits of Steel Homes

  • Precisely manufactured
  • Sustainable engineered material
  • Straight with square corners
  • Greater design flexibility
  • Highest strength to weight ratio, stronger frame, light weight
  • Greater spans, opening up large spaces inside a home
  • Long term price stability - steel vs. lumber
  • Less Waste - steel studs/joists/bearers cut to exact lengths
  • Dimensionally stable - no shrinkage, rotting or warping
  • Quality assured - engineered, controlled workmanship
  • Eliminate insect damage - mould, termite & ant proof
Steel kit home frameAssembled steel kit home frame
  • Withstand wind and seismic loads
  • No nail pops and drywall cracks
  • Easy to panelize
  • Easy to install
  • Cleaner jobsite
  • Non-toxic, allergy free, no waste, & recyclable
  • Highly durable material
  • Fire safety - does not burn
  • Lower insurance premiums
  • No knots, twists, splits or other defects
  • Wider steel studs allows much more wall insulation
  • Service holes for plumbing pipes and electrical wiring are factory pre-punched into the wall framing.

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Steel Kit Homes Australia -Reviews of provider sites

Valley Kit Homes

Ezy Homes


Nu-Steel Homes

Ral Homes

Steel frame homes

Steel Frame Buildings

PAAL Kit Homes

Riverbuilt Kithomes

Liveable sheds are another steel home option for the budget minded. They are often quick erect, smaller versions of kit homes and can be a reasonable option in many circumstances.

They tend to lack the finish of a normal kit home eg eaves and window trim. Check your local authority guidelines as whether these structures are legal as some will only allow them to be temporary dwellings while substantive homes are built. You can, however, specify extra trusses and battens to bring the level of wind and load standard up, via an engineers plan.

Note: If you need to put solar on a livable shed setup, you will need those extra supports and roof battens to take the weight.

Here are my steel framed kit home plans

Here's how to erect wall frames

Here's how I lifted a heavy beam in my new steel kit home.

here's how to lift a roof frame onto steel wall frames

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