Having a home that you can be proud of, one that you built yourself is something most people dream about but very few achieve. Maybe they’re just not that handy with tools or prefer going through the whole rigmarole of traditional home building, especially if money is not an object. For those who don’t mind getting a little bit of dirt on their hands, building kit homes offer the perfect opportunity to show off some handyman skills.
Kit homes have been actually around since the early half of the 20th century, when manufacturers sold prefabricated housing in many different plans and styles, varying from the simple to the imposing. In those days, building materials were supplied at fixed prices, excluding bricks, cement and masonry. Not to be confused with modular homes that were built in sections in a factory-setting, kit homes were shipped with pre-cut and measured lumber designed to fit in particular places in the home.
Kit homes were popular with builders because it eliminated the need to cut and measure lumber, which effectively cut their construction time in half as well. The fact that they were easy to construct, were customizable and more affordable made them a very popular alternative to than traditional, cookie-cutter homes. Read up on more about modern kit homes online and check out a wide variety of modern pricing and floor plans to suit your taste and preferences.
Speaking of taste and preferences, many people wonder if decorating kit homes are any different from decorating a traditionally-built home. Since kit homes can be customized at the onset, where a buyer can submit their own design plans to the manufacturer for implementation, it raises a question of whether kit homes should be best decorated earlier or later after construction. As with a traditional home, kit homes should also be decorated according to your personal style and taste, with a lot of functionality and comfort thrown in.
First of all, know that the most important rooms in the house are the kitchen and the bathroom, with lighting as an essential accessory. Second, understand that your décor will depend on the type of kit home you have, of which there are four: log cabins, panelized homes, steel-framed and timber-framed. When you do your research on kit homes online, you can learn more about the four types of kit homes and what would best suit you.
Your kitchens first off, should be both practical and functional, especially these days when the kitchen has become the most inhabited room next to the family den. This is where some soul-searching as well as some midnight heart-to-heart talks over hot chocolate happens so it is best to make sure you have plenty of bench space, which can also be useful if you love entertaining. Sufficient storage is always a good idea because you never know when you might need some extra cups, plates, glasses, pots and pans especially when the Christmas holidays roll around and you might be in the mood for some roast.
Of course, after the kitchen comes the bathroom as one place you feel ultra-comfortable in. Many people spend hours soaking in their hot tubs with a glass of white wine, just relaxing their cares away, unmindful of the chaos in the outside world. As with the kitchen, you need to decorate your bathroom with functionality and comfort in mind, making sure that you choose floors that are not slippery, never mind that it seems to clash with the wall paint you chose. A little mismatch after all is way tolerable than a bump on the head. Make sure you put in enough storage space for your towels and toiletries as well as ample-sized bathroom mirror for those early morning face inspections.
And lastly, don’t forget your lighting. Great and strategic lighting does more than light up your home, it also enhances the special spots that you want people to notice like the wall where you hang your favorite family pictures, awards and posters. Specially-designed lamps and chandeliers can also be used to serve as focal points in certain rooms in your kit home, particularly if you have rather unusual or out of the ordinary decorative taste.
It is as easy to decorate a kit home as well as a traditional home as long as you know what you want and how to showcase it. Thumb through home décor magazines or read up on tons of online tips and you’ll soon be able to have a house and a home you can be proud of.
Ben Wall is a home and design blogger with over 10 years experience in interior design and landscape. He is passionate about this industry and wishes to share what he has learned from his experience to those who wish to know more about the business.