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Successful Building Project

“To Whom It May Concern,

When my wife and I decided to have a house built we were dismayed at the prices quoted. Labour and materials prices have soared alongside land prices in the Whitsundays, so we were reluctantly looking to downsize.

My father, a retired carpenter, lives near Port Macquarie and suggested we talk to Barry at UBuild Homes. We did and his facts and figures stacked up, with a saving of about 30 percent on our lowest builders quote, so we went ahead with UBuild and became Owner Builders.

The only problems we encountered during the eight month build were minor and easily solved and although distance complicated communications occasionally, Barry was always available for advice and sorting out deliveries, and for any other help that we needed.

The UBuild system, with its timelines and ordering processes made everything run incredibly smoothly as well as gaining better than trade discounts with some suppliers. Often suppliers (and tradesmen) are reluctant to get involved with Owner Builders, but our main local hardware supplier said to us that if all the local builders had such efficient order systems it would drop their workload by 25 per cent.

From the day we started work the tradesmen were also impressed, saying it was more
professionally managed than some of the major construction sites and we had extremely smooth and friendly relations with every team who worked on the house.

It has been a lot of hard work over the eight months, with me doing all the concreting and labouring and helping out with all the carpentry. Also it was difficult as my wife had to manage all the paperwork whilst we lived in a caravan on site. Although I still haven’t painted the eaves and put a final coat on the front doors we are living in a beautiful, modern, supremely comfortable home; thanks to Barry Armstrong and UBuild Homes.

We recommend UBuild Homes to anyone thinking of building a home. Even without experience in the trades, the UBuild system enables anyone with any management and organisational skills to save money on the cost of having a home built as well as gaining the immense satisfaction from the process.

Yours Sincerely,
Jeff Brown and Barbara Russell, Airlie Beach Qld”
October 2007

Managing the Delivery of Your Kit Home Package

A Kit Home may or may not have scheduled delivery in stages. This is very important to be aware of. Some Kit Home Companies won’t schedule your materials into sequential deliveries, and this can be a major disadvantage. Obviously, it may cost a little bit more to have your package delivered in stages, but that might be the only way to successfully manage your project.

Think about it for a second:

When you’re talking about your building supplies for your Kit Home – you’re talking about a large amount of valuable materials. You don’t want them laying around in a high traffic area, unsecured, for any length of time. They can be damaged by weather or stolen from your site. They also take up room and clutter a site, potentially making it unsafe for your tradespeople to work.

It’s rare that people have the room and facilities to store ‘yet to be used’ building materials securely and away from the elements. If you have and can manage all of your materials being delivered to site in one package, then sure. If not, then ask your Kit Home Company what can be done to assist you in sequential deliveries. Experience has shown us that having building supplies delivered as you need them contributes to a smoother running construction schedule, avoids confusion over use of materials, and leads to a much more successful outcome.

What is Included in Your Kit Home Package?

The Detailed Specifications and Inclusions in a Kit Home Package…

Kit Home Packages often vary from supplier to supplier, so it’s important that you consider the entire specification and inclusions for each Kit Home when deciding which to choose. Compare what is and what isn’t included in the packages. Look at the various products that are part of the Kit Home; consider their quality, durability and quantity. It is also important that you understand what is not included in the package and how it will affect the construction of, and look of your finished product. The rule to knowing exactly what you’ll get in your Kit Home Package is: If it is not printed in the marketing material then it is not included. Never assume.

Why Buy a Kit Home?

What is a Kit Home and Why Would You Buy One? 

It is recognised in the Australian residential building market that a Kit Home is a package of materials that, when put together, will allow the house to be at what is called “lock up stage”.

‘Lock Up Stage’ generally means the house can be securely locked so that access to the inside of the house is only available through a locked entrance. In other words: the frames, roof truss system, roof, windows, external walls and external doors are fully fitted.

People buy Kit Home Packages because of the ease of purchase. It takes the hassle and stress out of a large amount of bulk material purchases. It also offers a cost effective solution by bulking the package together. Kit Home Packages should be good value – so make sure you go with a reputable supplier.

Most Kit Home Packages are purchased and built by Owner Builders. The right package will enable you to purchase a large part of the supply in bulk. This saves time, energy and money, and is why Kit Homes are so popular.