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When building a kit home you will invariably come across the option of designing and building with a plantation timber or modern light-weight steel frame. Though some clients have a preference for timber over steel in the look of the home, we would like to share some practical information to make this decision easier.
Why timber or steel?
Timber and steel framed kit-homes are typically used in the country where there is little access to project home builders or the block of land make building on concrete slab impossible or extremely expensive. With timber or steel framed homes, you won't need to engineer retaining walls, subsoil drainage or compacted fill. Rather you can construct a framed floor system, also known as elevated floor system or pole home, right onto your site.
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Plantation timber and modern light-weight steel are supported by Australian design standards and other proactive professional industry bodies.
Most builders partially pre-fabricate the homes (wall frames and roof) as per your design and deliver it to your block. Depending on which of the building stages you have chosen, it is either hand it over to you to build with easy to follow instructions or carpenters can erect the home for you.
Fortunately, wood is a sustainable resource and I'm sure we would all like to keep it that way! Sustainably managed Australian plantations replant trees after harvesting them, to ensure that trees continue to be a plentiful natural resource.
People have been using timber to build their homes for centuries. Timber frame and trusses house have always been popular because of their strength and reliability. They also allow you to design your dream home with ease.
You can now build these houses in various designs and styles at very affordable rates. You can find several construction contractors and designers who will come up with great ideas for your houses. Another great place to do some research is online.
You will find plenty of designs and styles to choose from home building websites. You must hire the right people to get the job done. This is why I strongly advise that you do some research before you start building your new home.
You need to get some recommendations and talk to professionals who have experience with the timber building system. They will be able to answer all your questions and will help you understand the benefits of using timber frames.
You need to get quotes from at least 5 different building companies or contractors. Make sure you get recommendations from family members and friends. You can ask local architects and designers as well.
It's also a good idea to read a few design books and magazines. The internet is also a great place to look for more information. We live in an internet age which allows us to find anything online. I am sure you will find tons of helpful information on the internet.