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Construction Manuals for Your Kit Home Package

An indepth Construction Manual for your Kit Home is a vital part of the package. Building a house is not like building with meccano or leggo! Building a house successfully and cost effectively requires you to follow a well planned system, and one that directly relates to the house you are building.

It’s frustrating and confusing for an Owner Builder when ‘standardised’ Kit Home Packages supply a Construction Manual that spans several Kit Homes expecting the Owner Builder to know how and when to adjust between each. The irony is that the suppliers of such packages produce  marketing material that raves about how easy it is to build a house!

If your Kit Home simply comes with a few pages of instructions then you need to get advice from someone experienced in the industry, and become obsessed with planning and communication with your trades for a successful outcome.

The best strategy is to find out how detailed the Construction Manual is and make that part of your buying decision when choosing the best Kit Home for you.

Renovation Tips

Sometimes when putting House Plan Designs together people tend to focus so much on the asthetics that they forget the practicalities and live-in-ness of their future property.

A very handy website, Universal Design Renovations was put together by Alex Cochran  and his partner, Desiree who share a hands-on account of the challenges associated to renovating a house for disability access.

Now, even if you don’t believe you need to consider catering for people with access challenges in your own house designs, Alex and Desiree’s website is still full of helpful hints to designing your surroundings for safety, comfort and a focus on sustainability.

They cover everything from automating your home to installing safety flooring in wet areas,  having photovoltaic solar panels for electricity to how to care for paint brushes, and tips for tiling a wall through to replacing floor boards.

I like the no-nonsense approach, the step-by-step description of the renovations made to the property now known as ‘Bimbadeen’, as well as Alex and Desiree’s personal journey adjusting to an access restricted lifestyle.

Make sure you check out the handy ‘How to… Secrets’ section as well as the ‘Project Design Aspects’ Articles for  honest opinions and advice on using the recommended products to their best advantage.