What is a Kit Home?


A Kit Home is a conventional home supplied in kit form, allowing an Owner Builder or Owner Manager to construct their own home. A Kit Home can be single storey, 2 storey, Split Level, Granny Flat or Extension to an existing Home. Kit Homes can be built on a concrete slab or Steel Bearers & Joists (supplied by Steelmaster).

A Kit Home is not a Prefabricated or Mobile Home delivered on a truck.

How Much for a Steelmaster Kit Home?


Great question, due to BASIX & potential BUSHFIRE & FLOOD PRONE LAND sites we now cost all our kit homes on an individual basis, there are many aspects to be looked at to design a compliant kit home.

BASIX is the NSW government energy rating system for all new homes, extensions & renovations.

A BASIX certificate is required by all Local Councils prior to lodging plans to council

(no BASIX certificate = you cannot lodge plans for approval).

BASIX is a 3 part system comprising:  Water savings depending on land location normally 40%, Energy savings normally 40% & Thermal Comfort = Windows, Eaves, Wall & Ceiling Insulation.

I know all you wanted was the kit price!

How relevant is the kit price if your New Kit Home is not BASIX compliant?

The kit price supplied by Steelmaster will be BASIX compliant, we supply the BASIX certificate (based on the BASIX website) with the plans for council for your New Kit Home.

What is the consultation process?


Steelmaster is an Owner Builder System specialising in individually designed Steel Framed Kit Homes. The Home that Suits You, Your Land, Your Budget & BASIX or Bushfire regions. We offer free onsite consultation to discuss your project. Whether that be a New Home, Extension or Granny Flat. This is an investigation procedure & our role is to assist you in making an informed decision as to if a Kit Home is suitable for you.

What is an Owner Builder?


An Owner Builder takes the role of a builder & builds their own home. A modern builder today is a manager who coordinates sub contractors during construction. Someone with good organisation skills is certainly capable of completing this role successfully. The main advantage of the Owner Builder process is to have control of & save on the construction costs of your home. This can be achieved by constructing key areas yourself.

An Owner Manager takes the role of the builder & subcontracts key areas of the new home construction.

How much Work Can I complete on My Kit Home?


Under the Law a client may complete all areas of home construction under an Owner Builder Permit. This includes electrical rough-in, termination of all lights, power points, switches & termination of appliances can be completed by an Owner. Connection of this work to the main board & certification of the electrical system must be complete by a Licensed Tradesperson. Our recommendation is to identify strengths & weaknesses & work with those to suit your specific skill set. We can advise you on your options. 

The only element of your new home you can not complete is Plumbing.

What Materials are Included in a Steelmaster Kit Home?


Preliminaries:  Council plans & specifications, BASIX certificate, Owner Builder Manual, Site Sign & Delivery of materials to site.

Stage 1 Materials to Roof On:  Steel Wall Frames & Roof Trusses, all fully prefabricated into components ready for site installation. Steel Roof & Ceiling Battens. Colorbond Steel Fascia & Barge Boards, Gutters & accessories, Colorbond Steel Roof sheeting & R1.3 Roof Blanket. Hardware for construction of materials supplied by Steelmaster.

Stage 2 Materials to Lock Up:  Aluminium Windows & sliding Glass Doors per plan with Flyscreens.

External solicore doors prehung into timber door jamb with Trilock Door Hardware. Hardies External Weatherboards & Accessories (choice of Styles) this product is White Ant & Fire resistant. Sarking for all external Steel Wall Frames. Cement sheeting for Eaves, Patio Ceilings & Verandah Ceilings. Garage doors are supplied & installed as required in a range of types, profiles & colours.

Stage 3 Materials to Fixout:  R1.5 Wall Batts, R2.0 Ceiling Batts. Internal Ceiling & Wall linings are all Gyprock & include Cornice to walls. Villaboard to Bathrooms & Ensuite, W.R Gyprock for pipe penetrations. Pre Hung Internal Doors to all swing doors, Smart Robes sliding Doors to wardrobes, Cavity Sliding Doors where chosen. Door Hardware for Internal Doors. Timber Skirting Boards & Architraves for Windows & Doors. Shelving to Wardrobes & Linen cupboards. P.V.C Manhole surround.

What options does a kit home have?


FLOOR SYSTEMS:  Steel Bearers & Joists for Ground & First Floor Constructions, including floor sheeting & floor insulation as needed. Steel Bearers & Joists for Decks & Patio’s including Hardwood decking timber & installation hardware.

VERANDAH ROOF SYSTEMS:  Skillion & Bullnose Verandah roofs with steel or timber posts as needed.

EXTERNAL CLADDING:  Upgrade external weatherboards to Colorbond cladding & accessories.

Delete supply of weatherboards, allowing client to supply bricks for face brick veneer.

Or Powerpanel designed to be installed & finished by the Client. This system is designed to suit a rendered finish to the external walls of your new home. Many options are possible.

How is My Kit Home Delivered?


Materials are delivered in 3 or 4 distinct stages, depending if a floor system is required. See F.A.Q section What Materials are Included in a Steelmaster Kit Home?

Steelmaster uses national suppliers for key components of our Kit Homes. These components will be sourced from a local distribution centre to reduce delivery costs. Delivery of Kit Home materials are included in our Kit Price.

What areas does Steelmaster Service?


Newcastle & the entire Hunter Valley region, including the Upper Hunter.

Central Coast, Sydney Region including the Mountains, Southern Highlands & Mid North Coast to Kempsey.

How does council view kit homes?


Council will approve all Kit Homes that complies with the Local Environment Plan (L.E.P) & Development Control Plans (D.C.P). Special requirements for Bushfire Prone land & Flood Prone land may also apply. Steelmaster has worked with over 20 Local Councils throughout N.S.W.  Over the last 24 years.