On my first owner build, I didn’t really understand how many opportunities there were to make blunders: some small, others large. Even though building a kit home is a great choice for the amateur builder, they are still complex projects. Fixing mistakes can be a weekly or even daily event.
As an Owner Builder, I have found building kit homes one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had. But I’d like to share what I have learnt over the years, from my experience and from other owner builders, and give you tips and strategies to fix and avoid common mistakes.
"Most kit homes are designed for amateurs to construct, but not everything is as straight forward as it seems. The most common owner builder mistakes revolve around construction basics and taking on high skill tasks."
When I first started my project there was great motivation and ideas on how to proceed, but I was secretly terrified of making some catastrophic mistake through lack of relevant information or bad advice? Kit home providers are rarely forthcoming with pro-active advice, so you won’t hear from them until you have trouble with the build and ask for help.
"Kit home owner builders can save thousands of dollars and months off the build time just by avoiding a few simple mistakes. Mistakes, however, can be fixed. Identifying those mistakes early is the key, before the build progresses, at which point major reparation will be required."
It’s something that will never leave you, the feeling of incredible accomplishment that comes from knowing you put together your dwelling and that you were the one… Read more…