ZX Panel is used on all Ubuilt Kitset Homes, contributing to a new generation of affordable housing. But when it comes to buying a kitset home, understanding what you are getting for your investment is not always easy.
Ubuilt show the prices for all kitset homes on their website, but you do need to check the specifications list when you are comparing kitset homes. To view all homes please click here https://ubuilt.co.nz/range
What is a Kitset Home?
A kitset home is a flatpack delivery of the materials needed to build the home with the help of your Licensed Building Practitioner. There are no specific rules as to what is included in a kitset home, and not all kitsets are created equal.
What Makes a Kitset Home so Affordable?
The biggest advantage when buying a kitset home is the fact that all building materials you need are carefully quantified ensuring you are not getting too much or too little of anything.
If you were to try and source these materials for yourself as an independent customer, there is no way you could purchase the items at the same discounted rate Ubuilt can as a large customer and manufacturer. Due to their size and buying volume, they can access lower prices and higher quality materials too. Ubuilt kitset homes also have a number of proprietary materials included which aren’t available to other kitset home manufacturers such as the ZOG® steel frames and the ZX Panel® solid aluminium exterior cladding system mentioned above.
External vs Internal Budgeting
It is easier to compare kitset home prices by breaking this into external vs internal stages as Ubuilt do with their kitset homes. They are delivered in two stages so that you don’t have internal materials sitting around onsite unnecessarily. The external stage is delivered first to allow you and your LBP to build your home to lockable stage before the internals are delivered.
The second delivery is the internal stage which is where most kitset homes vary quite considerably.
Internal Specifications & Pricing
Ubuilt believe that many of their home-owners prefer to spend a little more (or less) on their kitchen or laundry, or exterior accessories such as a garage or decking. For this reason, these are not included in any Ubuilt kitset home. This gives you a lot more room to move in terms of how much budget you want to invest in these finishing touches.
The internal materials included in the kitset homes are interior doors, Gib®, insulation, complete bathroom including tapware, laundry tub and a hot water cylinder.
It is at this stage where you will need to enlist the services of a registered plumber and electrician to undertake this work per New Zealand building code legislation. However, other sub-trades services such as soft furnishing suppliers, kitchen installer, flooring supplier, etc, are up to you in terms of your time, budget and skills as to how much you do yourself.
See Ubuilt’s entire list of specifications https://ubuilt.co.nz/specifications
Crunch Your Numbers
If you would like a copy of Ubuilt’s complete construction costs guideline which gives a rough breakdown of all the items and trades you need to include to complete your home to move in stage, please click here - https://ubuilt.co.nz/contact-us
Using this guide you can then source your own cost estimates or see where you can save costs by doing some things yourself.