What are the benefits of kitset homes?
Our modern kitset homes are manufactured in New Zealand from locally sourced, sustainable timber. Each kit contains the structural elements you need to build a quality home, in less time, with less waste, and without ordering materials yourself. Kitset homes are low maintenance, earthquake-proof and durable in all weather conditions.
What is the cost of a kitset home?
On average, expect to save 10-20% off the cost of a conventional build. The more work you manage yourself, the more you can save.
Kit prices vary widely. Inclusions like joinery, fixtures, fittings, prefab kitchens can push the price up or down. Hiring your own build team can also add cost.
What can I do to ensure my kitset project is a success?
When you select to build a kitset, you’re basically purchasing the materials from us and taking on the role of Project Manager yourself. It’s a bit like when you buy kitset furniture from IKEA – you own the materials and they’ll support you (as we will) with regards to ensuring the materials meet expectations, but assembling the materials ultimately is in the hands of you and your chosen builder (if you have chosen to engage a builder). Most kitset customers thrive in this situation. As one of our kitset customers recently said, “[they are] easily built by those who choose to trust their own ability” and “you get support the whole way through”. Kitsets are cheaper than a full build option, but an amount of confidence in your ability to take responsibility for your project is required. So avoid the pitfall of simply thinking ‘cheaper is better’ because that is only the case here if you take appropriate precautions to safeguard your project and dream home. We’ve been selling kitset homes since 1968 – that’s over 50 years of experience – and boiled down, here are 6 things we have observed which are key to a safe, successful kitset home project:
- Know your builder – is he accredited and insured? Check his experience or previous work – does he have a gang of guys/gals to help?
- Having the correct building insurances in place is essential.
- You are the Project Manager so follow up and keep an eye on your builder, and question him/her if issues arise or if there are time delays.
- Engage Fraemohs’ technical support if there are any issues as early as possible.
- Make sure you protect and store materials on site so they do not get wet, weathered or damaged on site before and during construction.
- Always plan ahead, take time to check plans and install in line with the kitset installation guide instructions.
As we open new Fraemohs branches around New Zealand, we can offer the option of a full build (by us) to more New Zealanders – which is exciting both for us and fans of our homes who would prefer to leave project management duties for their home in Fraemohs’ hands.
What is the difference between kitset, transportable, modular and prefab homes?
They’re not the same. Prefabricated, transportable and modular homes are built off-site, in one complete piece or several pieces. They generally include flooring, fixtures and furniture. You will see them transported on trucks.
Modern kitset homes are built on-site, from the ground up, using prefabricated materials. There is more flexibility with transport, location and customisation.
Are kitset homes environmentally-friendly?
Our Solid Timber kitset homes are manufactured in New Zealand from locally sourced plantation pine that is renewable and sustainable. Locally sourced timber significantly reduces fuel consumption during transport, compared to imported kits. The carbon sequestered by the timber we use typically outweighs the carbon created through the manufacture of the non-timber parts of the home, as well as the other inputs. Which is why homes from our Solid Timber range are actually carbon negative i.e. removing carbon from the atmosphere. A typical residential home in New Zealand by contrast emits the equivalent of a petrol fuelled car driving more than one million kilometres.
We use Vacsol Azure to treat timber – an eco-friendly solvent that is metal-free and biodegradable. More information on our Eco Homes page.
Can you customise kitset homes?
We have an in-house architect specialising in our style of Scandinavian homes heading up our design team. And nearly all of our builds are customised.
Our team design kits for family-friendly spaces including homes and granny flats. We also customise business-centric kits for hotels, churches and other organisations.
We offer a basic kitchen kit to enhance and make your own.
Do kitset homes make good holiday homes?
Kitset homes are an affordable and popular choice when building a sustainable holiday home. They’re fast to assemble, look great and perform exceptionally well in a range of climates.
How do you build a kitset home?
You can DIY most of your kitset home if you are reasonably handy. We supply clear instructions with marked materials and lots of support as well as instructional videos on YouTube. Speak with us though before committing to a kitset build and we can run you through what’s involved. And just note you will need a registered plumber and electrician to complete the job, in accordance with New Zealand legislation.
Timbermode kitsets are more challenging to build than Solid Timber sets. Owner builder experience is recommended.
Why use solid timber for kitset homes?
Timber is a natural, renewable resource that looks elegant. It has the ability to flex and move, unlike more rigid materials, making it durable and very safe during an earthquake. Timber breathes compared to man-made materials, helpful for the control of moisture levels and energy efficiency indoors.
How are kit homes delivered and how long will it take?
Our Solid Timber kitset homes are flat-packed, loaded onto pallets and delivered to the build site. Timbermode kitset homes are delivered as pre-nailed frames and trusses, ready for assembly.
There are a few factors that account for delivery time. Kitsets are manufactured after council consent is obtained, which can take up to 6 weeks from application. From that point, please allow 8 – 10 weeks for manufacturing and delivery.
Do you manage building consent and checks?
Yes, we can apply for the building consent on your behalf, or send you the relevant documents if you wish to arrange this yourself.
As an owner builder you are subject to the same council check as any Licenced Building Practitioner. You still require licensed tradespeople to carry out certain tasks.
What are the disadvantages of kitset homes?
Kitset homes are not for everyone. If you lack time or practical skills, you may prefer a traditional building method.
Quality and flexibility can vary between suppliers. Choose a supplier that offers design flexibility, quality materials and product warranties for peace of mind.