Timber is considered as one of the most sustainable building materials for homes. Not only is it strong and durable, it also helps you do your bit for the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions. It is no surprise therefore why it is a popular choice among builders and homeowners alike.
Among the many uses builders have for timber includes using them as materials for kit homes. Due to the unstable economy, rising cost of living and first-time home buyers wanting more square footage for their dollar, the rise of kit homes is almost something inevitable given the fact that kit homes are the affordable alternative to traditional home-building. Where traditional builders needed to craft beams to fit, modern day software is utilized by manufacturers to produce pre-cut beams that are designed to fit exactly to your specifications.
Finding the best timber kit homes can be a challenge because of the varying inclusions and materials used by different manufacturers. However, by following these basic guidelines, you should be able to get not only the best kit home, but also one that you really want to build.
1. Consult/check your local building codes
Timber homes usually have peaks and may either adhere to or go against building height requirements so it is always best to check with authorities first before going ahead and buying your kit.
2. Compare kit inclusions/contents
Often, kits will come with pre-cut timber that are measured exactly to your specifications, as well as means of fastening them together, framing materials and an instruction manual giving detailed instructions on how to build your home. However, just because it says “complete,” it doesn’t mean that it includes other necessities like electrical wiring or plumbing.
3. Choose the best woods
It is always best to use aged or dried timbers to avoid any splits and cracks during and after construction because another kind of wood can twist or warp. It can be tempting to go for green wood but even though it is aesthetically better, it is not as strong as the dried ones.
4. Consider shipping charges
Shipping charges can be a substantial cost when building your kit homes so always compare various kit home prices including shipping charges.
Keeping these guidelines in mind will help you as far as purchasing what it worth your money is concerned but the main thing to remember is to get them from a reputable manufacturer who will assist you with important information you need to know about your kit homes.
Ben Wall has been involved in real estate property development over the last ten years. He is passionate about this industry and wishes to share what he has learned from his experience with Australian suburban real estate to those who wish to know more about the business.