Kit homes present potential homeowners with an exciting chance to customize and build their own home, with the exact materials and plans provided for them. The combination of prefabrication and do-it-yourself assembly allows the homeowner to save money, take control of their own living space, and have a hand in building the house that they will eventually live in.
Why Build a Kit Home?
There are many reasons people choose to build them however the most common attraction is the cost saving that they provide. With the cost of living increasing and typical housing becoming less affordable, many home builders are choosing kits over traditional building methods. Thousands can be saved building from the reduced manufacturing costs, reduced trades required to the ability to avoid expensive site works.
They also offer endless flexibility and can be delivered as a complete final product, to lock up stage or just the bare bones waiting for your finishing touch. Kits also allow the builder to have a hand’s on approach and provide a feeling of satisfaction in building their dream home.
What are they?
Kit homes were first developed around the turn of the 20th century, in response to unprecedented westward settling. They declined in popularity over the course of the 1930s and 1940s, as the demands of the housing market changed. Now, people are once again looking for cost-effective building solutions that let them get the most customization possible while still being accessible and easy to assemble.
They also offer new builders the chance to build their own home, without expert draftsman or architectural knowledge. Most kit homes can be customized to suit your needs, with a set range of features and options. The manufacturers then ship out the blueprints, construction guide and all necessary material components. While this was historically done via rail car, the modern shipping solution is usually via freight truck.
As you only receive the materials you need to complete the project, you don’t have a big material waste factor to deal with when your home are complete. In this way, kit homes are efficient and environmentally friendly.
What Types Exist?
There are a number of different types of kit homes, letting you pick exactly the type of home that you want to live in. You can find various timber homes, post & beam kit cabins, modern steel framed homes with futurist flair, simple beach houses, complex modern family homes, and more. There are kit homes designed to serve as a primary residence, and others designed to serve as a vacation cabin or out-building.
As far as materials go, you can find kit homes that use post & beam framing, steel framing, log cabin architecture, 2×4′ framing, and even more creative options. There are eco-friendly home kits on the market as well, for those looking for ethical home construction solutions that are environmentally friendly.