Second Part of Building a Kit Home
In this, our second part of building a kit home, we will be looking at selecting the design of your kit home, taking delivery and erection.
- In most countries you will need Planning Approval and also possibly Building Permission from the local authority. This should be ascertained prior to purchasing your home, to ensure that permission will be attained.
- The site needs to be cleared and it would be useful to set out the profile of the home with pegs and string to see exactly where it will fit best, which views it will provide etc.
- a decision on what flooring you will be using
- whether you will build yourself or use the professionals
- the design of your home
When considering what design to choose, there are several points to contemplate:
– how do you use your home currently
– do you need an office
– would you live visitors to come to stay
– are the children still young enough to have a separate entertainment area from the adults
– where do you spend most of your time, would it be best to have an open plan kitchen/living room so that you can spend time as a family or just because you prefer larger open spaces
– do you need a laundry area
– what storage solutions might you need
– how do you want your home to look on the outside
– what finishes do you feel you would really like to enjoy
– what is your budget
Other matters such as how ‘green’ you want your home to be, and structural considerations, such as how to deal with difficult ground conditions may also need to be considered
Taking delivery at the dock
When the home is shipped to you, there will be import taxes/duties to be paid, and then arranging the delivery of the product to your site. Depending on where your new home is, taxes and duties will vary. Some Caribbean islands are tax and duty free, where others can charge quite a price for bringing in goods.
Taking delivery at your site
Taking delivery to your site should be fairly straightforward as long as there is a large enough vehicle available and that it can fit around any tight corners or height restrictions on the way to your site. It will most likely arrive in a container, so you would need to find out if the container can be taken to your site for unpacking, or if it needs to be unpacked at the dock. You may also need some extra hands to unpack. If your site is remote and fairly inaccessible you may have to make special arrangements, Topsider homes have been known to deliver their homes in a military style front loading vessel to a beach at high tide.
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The site will need to have been cleared and any pre-delivery work be completed before the erection can start. The basic erection can often take between 1 to 2 weeks for a simple home to up to 1 month or more for a more complicated home. Wiring and plumbing will need to be part of the build as will windows and roof tiling etc.
Electrical and plumbing installations will have to be made once the home is up. Internal and external lights can be installed as well as cables for internet, telephone, cable television etc. Then painting and decorating can begin.
You then can start on the parts that really make a house a home. The kitchen can be installed along with tiling, and the bathroom installation. Once you’ve had any final inspections by the council/government… this is when you can crack open that bottle of champagne! Celebration is due with the completion of your home in the sun. Now all there is to do is enjoy it.
Thank you again to Topsider Homes and Caribbean Wood Products for their help with the content of this blog.
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