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How to Owner Build Steel Building Kits

Owner building steel building kits | Without the risk And staying on budget | Ebook

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"What if houses were designed like bikes?"

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the factory-built Futuro House, it's time for a radical rethinking of architectural manufacturing, says Phineas

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Who is Considering Adding a Granny Flat ?

Leverage Granny Flats to create income for retirement, housing and real estate investing. Renovation Loans offers the best financing when you lack cash

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Bush Fire Safety Protection for the Owner Builder

How to enhance the bush fire safety protection of an owner built home

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Six Rail Farm Gate: DIY

Easy wooden farm gate construction

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Construction methods: modular

Modular construction is touted as the future of the building industry, but while the sector is rapidly growing in some areas, there are still obstacles

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New prefab home can be yours for under $100K

The new accessory dwelling unit from LivingHomes offers a total of nine custom design combinations. Photos courtesy of LivingHomes With an ever-deepening

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Do I need permission to build a ‘granny flat’ in the yard?

Property clinic: Local authorities keen to stop units being used as separate dwellings. I’m thinking of building a “granny flat” in my yard for my mother.

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T Shirts Shop for Owner Builders

Kithomebasics T Shirts Shop with Owner Builder specific slogans

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The real cost of owner building a kit home

A real cost overview for kit home owner builders

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Chinese company aims to ship thousands of flat-pack homes to New Zealand

A Chinese company is hoping to capitalise on New Zealand’s shortage of both homes and workers by selling easy-to-assemble modular homes. Shenzhen Yahgee

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Granny flats: More popular than ever, but still mired in bureaucracy

California bills take aim at local red tape This year, Megan Kellogg’s mother moved into a new in-law unit in her own backyard, freeing up the main house

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Building a Wood Sleeper Garden Path

Building a Wood Sleeper Garden Path

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Prefab houses were once the 'holy grail.' Why aren't there more?

Design magazines love them. So do movie stars and environmental activists. New technology, including the use of robots in factories, makes them even easier

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Australia: Can I convert my shed into a granny flat without council approval? No!

Changing the use of a non-habitable area into a habitable area should not be done without council approval. Council paperwork, reports and assessments

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This flat pack home takes only six hours to build and is under $45k

There is an eco-friendly flat pack, foldable home that takes just three people six hours to build, and it's less than $45,000. Looks like our thirst for

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Owner building red tape

A list of red tape and legal issues associated with owner building

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Home-owning bliss the prefab way

Pip Payne is convinced New Zealand needs more prefab homes. Like housing minister Phil Twyford, he can't see a credible solution to the housing crisis

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These prefab solar- and wind-powered tiny dwellings are ready to order

The first one was just delivered by helicopter It’s been a while since the Ecocapsule came on the scene in early 2015. Many cool tiny, prefab homes have

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Owner builder budgeting

I'm seriously considering owner building a Granny Flat in my back yard, but I have a very tight budget. How do you keep a budget in line when owner building?

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Kit home choice

Plans and such are a good start but how do you go about deciding on a specific kit to buy? Ed. Hi Bob, Click on the Owner Builder Nav Bar link at the

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Modular homes and extensions could boost the UK’s housing stock

Some major developers are investing in modular home factories as more modern methods of construction begin to gain favour across the country. Faster, cheaper

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Owner builder budgeting spreadsheet

A completed budgeting spreadsheet guide for the Owner Builder

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Why offsite manufacturing is the future of housebuilding

Offsite manufacturing must be prioritised to help solve housing crisis, writes Jonathan Hunter, director of Elecosoft Building more homes is a key part

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This Affordable Prefab in Spain Only Took 5 Hours to Assemble

Built for $148,500, Casa Montaña was manufactured in a Madrid factory before being assembled in a mountainous, coastal region in northwestern Spain. When

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These Prefabricated 'Hobbit Homes' Are The Cutest Way To Have A Green Roof

There's a lot to take away from The Hobbit, but one thought many people had was, I wish I lived in Bilbo's fancy house. A company called Green Magic Homes

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Landmark fine for kit home builder

A Magistrate has found a kit home supplier and its director guilty of building a kit home on a Bendigo property without being a registered builder. The

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Can modern cabins entice new audiences into state parks?

New prototypes at New York State Parks offer contemporary design while respecting the past In an effort to attract new audiences to explore nature, the

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New modular shipping container home is also energy-efficient

Athens-based company Cocoon Modules has unveiled a new container home prototype in collaboration with Greek natural mattress brand Coco-Mat. By upcycling

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Dealing with approved tradesmen

A guide to approved tradesmen negotiation: an owner builder's view

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