SOME HELPFUL HINTS TO CONSIDER WHEN DESIGNING YOUR OWN KIT HOME
Every block of land, every individual and family group have unique requirements. Our clients have told us that one of the advantages in buying their Kit Home is how easy it is working with us and using their ideas to design their home that fulfil these requirements.
You can either use one of our standard plans as a starting point or bring in your own ideas in. Either way details below should help start the process.
Please don’t hesitate to ask for help. Good luck. Look forward to hearing from you.
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· Imagination – use plenty of this but some restrictions may apply due to budget. Average m2 rate for a kit is between $550 - $750/ m2. Price usually gets cheaper the larger the home, except where there are lots of verandah. Remember this rate relates to the use of standard inclusions.
A rough m2 rate to have your home fully built is from $1,000 to $1,800/ m2. This will depend on how much of the work you do yourself and the type of inclusions you choose, example you can buy a kitchen for $3,000 or you could spend $30,000.
· Consider your views and the Northerly aspect. Remember you can always mirror image your plan.
· Block width – Most councils have minimum from side fences of 900mm. Allow another 150mm for brickwork and slightly less for cladding. This is a total of 2.1m you need to take off your block frontage before starting.
· What do you want in your home – how many bedrooms, formal lounge and dining, open plan kitchen, dining and family, or separate? Do you need en-suite and walk-in-robes to the master bedroom? Would you prefer the master bedroom with a bit of distance from other bedrooms as in our Tuross, Bowral and Shellharbour 3, 4 and 5? Or perhaps as in the Vincentia and Jamberoo a parent’s retreat which offers complete privacy where you can enjoy your own music or television program.
· Garage – is this a must and if so, where can you put it? Most designs will add a garage easily – Bowral with Garage. Remember if you have a block with a slope the garage can often be built underneath – Milton and Gerroa. If you have the room perhaps you prefer a separate garage which can be priced.
· Double Storey, Tri-level and Split-level – often your block may determine this as a better option. Unfortunately we don’t have any layouts for double-storey or tri-level at this stage but have supplied many to owner’s own design. Many designs will lend themselves to the idea of splitting front to back or side to side.
· There is no restriction on ceiling height. 2.44 is standard but 2.74 is often used. If you need a non-standard height to suit a particular brick or block-work this is not a problem. Wall frame width is 90mm.
· Windows – you have many options when considering what type of windows you want. Cedar or aluminium - Cedar usually being a bit more than double the price of aluminium. There are different styles – sliding (cheapest), awning, casement and double-hung (dearest). Perhaps you would like Colonial or Federation Bars. Bi-folds and French Doors are available in both cedar and aluminium. If opting for aluminium windows because of cost, consider using Maple French doors as they are a cheaper option and still make a great feature – Berry 3, Bowral and Jamberoo.
· Windows continued - There are options on the type of glass such as tinted and laminated which are used to reduce noise and glare, maintain privacy and insulation qualities. When working out sizes you will see that they are written as 2018. The first two numbers represent the height and the second two numbers represent the width.
· What look or style are you trying to achieve ? Whether it be Country, Cottage, Australian, Queenslander, Federation, Contemporary or Coastal almost any floor plan can be built to achieve the look you want. The look is determined by the choice of exterior cladding, roof lines, window shapes and decorative timber work. For example:-
Country, Australian, Cottage, Federation, Queenslander all usually have metres of verandah. Bullnose if typically country/cottage. Some flat verandahs depict Australian Colonial. Exterior cladding is usually brick or bagged brickwork, hardiplank cladding or now more popular is the use of Colorbond corrugated wall cladding. Often bay windows are added or perhaps colonial or federation bars. Roof lines are usually hips, some gable and Dutch-gables and often octagonal sections creating large bay areas. Federation or Queenslander look is just adding the correct timber fretwork and hand railings.
Contemporary/Modern look often has a textured finish rather than traditional brickwork. Products used can be rendered common bricks or one of the many textured boards available. A portico can be added over front entrance. Usually uses hip trusses and often no eaves overhang. Usually quite square and formal looking with tall and slim window shape.
Contemporary/Coastal. Today you will see a variety of exterior cladding materials used in domestic architecture. Combinations of render and brickwork, brickwork and cladding, render and cladding, two different brick colours, textured boards, ply boards, mini-orb and corrugated wall cladding have all bought a new dimension to the average family home. Curved roof trusses have become very popular and more often than not they will cost no more. Almost any design can be adapted to suit a curved truss. Add some louvered windows to top off the look.
Draw some concept plans and get us to price them. A Sketch is all we need for starters. Use the measurements off our concept plans as a guide. All our plans including the furniture shown are to scale (except Gerroa and Jamberoo) 1cm equals 1 metre. If you have access to a photocopier make some copies and cut and paste. You will see that in some cases we have used the same plan but added a room, made family areas bigger, add a garage, decks or more verandah (eg. Werri 2 and 3, Bowral and Bowral with Garage, Shellharbour 3, 4 and 5, Berrima 4 and 5. Another good idea is to take a tape when you visit family, friends or show homes and take notes of what you consider a good room size.