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.