The construction of a house is an extremely time-consuming event, and because of this, there are usually a significant amount of specialists working around the clock, mainly to ensure that the intended building plan is up to the standard that is required of it. This ensures that the building is of a good enough structural fidelity, one that will withstand the test of time.

In recent times, with the global economy facing a downturn across nations, this method has proven to be extremely cost intensive, as contracting such a significant amount of professionals towards the actualisation of a single project means there must be ample remuneration for their services.

This also means changes to the house structure subsequent to its completion. There must first be a tear-down operation, where the redundant parts of the house will have to be demolished and properly tidied away before new renovations can begin. This is another layer of cost, and could even spell problems for the structural integrity of the building in the future.

With all this in mind, it might seem a little bit daunting to become a property owner, as the obligations attached seem to be a little too cash intensive, and that is quite correct.

Are there alternatives?

However, there are other significant ways to go about the construction of a home that is extremely beautiful, with well- researched designs from some of the brightest corporate minds, while still being completely cost effective.

Alternatives to constructing your own building.  

Now, instead of building from the ground up with cement, plaster and all the other elements, it is possible to purchase an already made home, one already prefabricated at its parent factory, with components that are to be coupled on site.

First of all, there are the modular homes which are simply prefabricated ‘modules’ of a home that are transported directly to the site from the factory, and are fit together like a gigantic LEGO block. Each module may be a room or a set of rooms, and are fit with such solid precision that the structure itself will be unshakeable by the elements of nature.

Then there are the kit homes. If modular homes are LEGO bricks, Kit homes are like Jigsaw puzzles. Components of the house are brought from the factory and are assembled on site by seasoned professionals, some of which are required to be cut to size or finely adjusted on site.

Kit homes are extremely cheaper than constructed buildings and are completely standardised structures. They are also known to last for years and can be taken apart and reassembled at a different location once the inhabitants feel the urge to move.  There are a few kit home assembly companies out there, and while searching, it is key to look out for one with designs that are sustainable, and cost effective.

Kit homes are an extremely worthwhile investment, and truth be told, the only dilemma one should have when considering a kit home, has to be determining whether to use steel or timber components for the final assembly.