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Old 05-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #11
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maybe get a 2 by 1 or 3 by 1 but if you plan to add on you need a design that will allow so with out looking like you have.
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Old 06-12-2009, 07:00 AM   #12
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Many people don't realise all the additional costs of building a home and not to mention starting up a property. Its not so much adding up just the cost to purchase shed / kit etc but fitting it out. Then there are all the Shire fees that people don't even realise, plus all your tradies, tools and machinery hire etc

A good rule of thumb is to allow yourself anywhere between $500/m2 up to $800/m2 for building cost. Even the most astute owner builder simply cannot build any less than that as the cost of materials. So the house size you choose, simply times that by an average of $600/m2 that should give you an idea.

With the shed style, they can supply the actual shed itself but you or a registered builder will need to have an actual building licence for internal fitout.

If you are looking at semi rural land the likelihood is it doesn't have scheme water, sewerage etc. You will need to add cost of effluent disposal system, water tank then all the costs of connecting these to electricity.

You need to also check with the local council on minimum floor area for that estate or subdivision and developer convenants to see if there are restrictions on type of finishes and materials that you can use for your dwelling. Our Council allows a minimum floor area of 110m2 however many of the new estates have min floor area over 140m2 this is to ensure that purchasers all build a quality, decent size home to essentially keep the amenity and aesthetics of that estate.

You are welcome to PM me - it's my daily job to approve people's building plans so I have a fair bit of trivial knowledge stored in my brain about building - plus we have just built our own house on our 10 acre property. If you like let me know which council and I can easily check their Town Planning Scheme and Building Regs for you

One final and most important tip is ALWAYS think worst case scenario if you have to sell the property, you want to make sure you get the best value possible. Owner Building a low cost home can disadvantage you in the long run plus not give you as much return. Even if you can only build a small home to start with perhaps consider chosing a design that easily allows for additions and renovations later on which can obviously increase the size of the home and increase your value.
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We have been looking at what we would do re a house for three years now, it always comes down to cost! plus banks dont like borrowing to owner builders so we have been madly saving-still not enough to buy anything but. The cost of of actually setting up a property is huge, we have five acres and with fencing, tank, electrical supply, pumps,septics, bore, retic sheds etc etc etc we would have spent about $40,000 and thats doing it all ourselves. Then we have also built stables, and the main shed we currently live in. We have looked at kits homes, owner building, and now we think we will just get a barn shed and deck it out as the developers arent far off us, so we just donet see the point in building a nice house as it will come down to land value for our property, a barn shed is quick to erect we will extend our loan for the kit and use what we have saved for the fit out, we already have windows and doors, we will do the labour bar the gyrock, our son is an electrician, friend is a plumber another friend is a carpenter, so we plan to spend $60,000 all up, and we will use recycled products where we can, and either a good second hand kitchen or a bunnings/ikea one.
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Old 07-12-2009, 08:41 AM   #14
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Hey im kinda in the same boat just bought my first property I will be building a kit home but wont be for a little while as dont have the money plus living at homes good!! lol my parents are building a kit home on there block which as been going for a couple of years now there's is a 3x2 and they have done most of it them self and all up its going to cost them around 120k from what dads said... ellechim69 could you pm me with the name of that shed company please
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Old 07-12-2009, 09:27 AM   #15
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I would look into it very carefully & like others have mentioned worst case scenario.

My OH is a builder, he has just finished a job where they have had to basically pull all the internals out & re-do them correctly, as the owner/builders doing the job kinda stuffed it up.

Another thing when my parents looked at kit homes/shed homes don't forget to allow for all your extras, elcetrical, plumbing etc and also good insulation.

It is amazing how much it all adds up & how quickly it all adds up.
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Old 04-07-2010, 06:55 PM   #16
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Cleveland Bays - you seem to know a lot about building. We are currently researching all our options for building on our 13 acre semi-rural block. We really like this design from Wide Span Sheds:

Country Home

We would be happy to have this house with no modifications (as I believe they don't modify their designs). The problem is we are obviously trying to figure out exactly how much it is going to cost from start to finish and it is proving really hard to calculate this. Judging from your average calulation of $600/m2 it would cost us roughly $170K to do this. That is fine for us but what exactly do you estimate that figure to include? Is that including complete fitout internally?
We renovated our last house and are pretty good at budgeting and sticking to a budget. We did a most of the work ourselves therefore saving on labour costs. We are happy to do what we can ourselves but would like to hire people to do some of the horrible big jobs like the slab, plastering and possibly some help to erect the house initially (depending on how good the instructions are!)

Are you able to provide some feedback and possibly some way to contact you as offered? We are just a bit in the dark with everything and it seems to be getting more complicated by the day!
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Old 05-07-2010, 05:56 AM   #17
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Hi Fern and welcome to Stockies
This is quite an old thread, and Clevelandbays is no longer a member. See how their username is black and the posts say n/a? Current members usernames are blue and are clickable.
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