The incredible increase in people building kit homes over the last decade has seen a surge in amateur owner builder opportunities. Manufacturers have started to provide kits that are amateur builder friendly, that is, they have manageable, relatively uncomplicated construction systems.
Finding a good provider offering house kits to build yourself is, in itself, an adventure, but really only one part of a series of crucial steps required in planning and executing an owner build. Many owner builders find they get in over their heads and end up taking years to complete, or have deeply frustrating experiences, and regret their decision.
Time blowouts can result from many different issues: lack of detailed planning to begin with, building only on weekends, relying on contractors who don’t work to schedule, lack of finance, non-standard or complex house plans, modifications to the plan, difficult building sites, inclement weather, changing life circumstances, illness or injury, and waning energy and enthusiasm for the project as time marches on. Specific project management systems are vital to cope with these changes and setbacks.
Not increasing skills can be a major predictor of whether owner builders complete kit homes, hire trades to build most of it, or just fail. I gained my skills as a OB through different working experiences:
The groundwork involved with a owner building is extensive and revolves around the Development Application to the local authority. Clearing plans, environmental plans, soil tests, surveyor plans, waste water and storm water plans, water storage, bushfire and pest plans, house plans, engineering layouts, foundation plans, general waste plans and easement/driveway plans.
Further groundwork includes choosing a kit to buy, budgeting and costings, loans, kit inclusions, kit provider contract, construction and public liability insurance and owner builder courses. Just some of the planning involved in building kit homes.
I have put together a range of practical and informative ebooks for the new owner builder embarking on kithome building.
The last one: Kit home building groundwork, is a free ebook if you purchase 50 Kit home OB Mistakes. Go here for a short summary of each or click on the image for a full description of their contents.
If you are building kit homes and want to go steel, you need an overview from an Owner Builder perspective. Go to Steel Frame Building
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