Alternate Dwellings Review

This Alternate Dwellings review is of the Website. "A fourth generation building family since 1920, Alternate Dwellings have developed a unique building system and manufacturing process that has combined to produce the acclaimed range of Kit Homes and Kit Barns available today.

The Alternate Dwellings collection of Homes and Barns are available in a broad range of sizes and floor plans, from charming Bed and Breakfasts to expansive Homesteads. A 100% Australian product, everything from the raw material to the finishing touches are produced at their factory in Morwell, Victoria. By producing their own timber, they can control the quality and ensure no imported timber is used in the kits.

Alternante dwellings

This enables them, along with the option of the latest environment friendly termite and weather treatments, to truly guarantee the kit home product they make" (from website). This provider supplies 'build your own' home kits. Kit homes Victoria provider.

As you can see below I have over 40 submissions and 30 more comments on those submissions and all of them are less than happy with this provider. Seems they mostly build kit homes for clients and from the comments this isn't ending well. Put in perspective, it could be that they have a very large turnover and this is just the disappointed few. But I have very few negative comments on my other 30 odd pages of other kit home provider reviews. If you intend to build it yourself, as an owner builder, it may be fine to work with this crew. It seems, from the feedback, their builders are not good at finishing. Some comments refer to a failing business, others to liquidation, so beware. Due diligence will be required and perhaps a building consultant to assist. Here is a facebook page set up for A.D. information on this subject.

Here is a link to an ABC story October 2016

Website Rating Legend

1 house = poor information
2 houses = some information
3 houses = good information
4 houses = excellent information

Website Ratings for Alternate Dwellings

Website information access: navigation, speed, copy, contact

Owner builder support: OB info, instructions, manuals, pdfs, links

Floorplans: selection of offered floorplans, sizes, styles

Kit Inclusions: lists of inclusions in each stage

Base prices: listed costs for inclusion stages

Description of standards: materials, finishes, prime cost items (PC)

Photos/videos: renderings/graphics, photo slideshows, videos

Website address: (defunct)
Location: Officer, Victoria

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We dealt with G...B...(ed) when we built and I have never met a bigger liar and cheat . He has no morals whatsoever. House should have been demolished …

Alternate Dwellings are a pack of liars and bullies. The brothers Ross Andrew and Mark Gilbert; Ross being the owner Glen's, son inlaw, also Build Manager …

Flexible designs with beautiful finishes - Thank you! 
Alternate Dwellings provided my family with our dream home I hope will remain this way for generations to come. When choosing to build another home, we …

Great team to work with 
I really enjoyed the process Alternate Dwellings provided, I built to finish stage in Victoria. I am shocked by these negative reviews as I had the complete …

Loving our Counrty Home 
Well unlike most reviews on this site, I would like to thank Alternate Dwellings for building my dream home. I have a modified Kornalla and its everything …

AL Not rated yet
Thanks for the reviews. I had the Old Mill in mind, but after reading about these reviews, have put it on hold. Thanks for the site, great example of …

Enlightened Not rated yet
We were about to order the large Alternate Dwellings old mill and old mill barn. After having issues with builders in the past and knowing the stress we …

Ms Not rated yet
I have been dealing with Alternate Dwellings during 2013, 2014 and will probably go into 2015. If you would like a first hand opinion of their work, please …

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after reading these complaints I wont be building with this company when I really like their designs; common themes throughout that are frightening

On the up side! Not rated yet
Just a few positive words on behalf of Alternate Dwellings. We have just completed a gorgeous Gippslander on the front half of our block for my mother …

Non disclosure of fees Not rated yet
Alternate Dwellings charged us previously undisclosed exhorbitant fees when we decided not to sign their contract. They could not give us a final quote …

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