Building With Bays
All Steel Homes are a portal frame building, consisting of a floor system, the frames that make up the "house" and the roof. Each portal or bay is 3.6m wide and are either 7.2m (standard) or 9m long.
The benefit of using a portal frame system is that you can move your internal walls almost anywhere you want them allowing you to custom design your interior at no extra charge!
We start with one bay like this, a little boring but that can be fixed!
Adding one more gets us to the basic house size (yet to add the verandas front and back which come standard on all designs)
Then we go to a 3 bay home, this time we'll add the verandas for some perspective
So quite simply by adding more bays you make a larger home. It's a basic concept that works easily and allows for a range of easy to manipulate designs. In the above drawing the portal frames are represented by the vertical lines and do not interfere with where you may want to add walls. It is possible to put windows or doors on the ends of the home however we strongly advised against it due to exposure to weather and heat absorption that will effect the homes energy rating.
Please also see our list of inclusions.
By sourcing the products below you have the ability to shop, negotiate and buy from your local suppliers. This supports your community and can reduce or eliminate transit damage and freight. It can allow for you to change your mind up until time of purchase, see actual products before making decisions, control your costs, talk to the experts about their products and time deliveries to coincide with your project schedule.
You certainly don't want to have timber, windows, insulation, insect screens and plasterboard lying around your site to get wet, damaged or stolen!
As All Steel Homes' customers you may be entitled to Owner Builder's discounts at certain suppliers. See 'finishing suppliers.'
Not included in our listed prices:-
Soil tests or hydraulic (septic system) engineering.
Building or plumbing fees.
Windows and doors.
Timber, flooring and decking.
Insulation, wrap or roof vents.
Balustrading. (Only required for flooring over 1.000 metre from the ground.)
P.C. Items, Electrical, tiling or plumbing supplies.
Plaster board, soffits, verandah lining and associated products.
Step treads and stringers for your varying land levels.
For the most complete and up to date information please contact our office. See the contacts page for details.
This list is indicative only and may change at our discretion without prior warning. E.&O.E.
What Is an Owner Builder or Owner Manager?
Engaging a Builder
If you engage a full house builder to handle your project we can supply him with the Architectural Plans, Structural Engineering and Energy Efficiency Report required to help obtain building approval, which will save you both time and expense. We then supply the steel floor system, roof, verandahs and complete main frame for your builder to erect. After the lock-up stage he would finish the building to your requirements and hand you the keys to the completed project.
However, a full house builder's service to this extent can be costly and there is an alternative that can save you a considerable amount.
As owner builder you are the project manager of your construction, whether you do any of the work or not. By taking on this role you can contract the trades people of your choice selecting a tradie from several quotes to complete each stage of the construction. Often these are the same trades people a builder would use, it's just that you are now the builder and you do the contracting and decision making. You can negotiate with the tradesmen whether they supply the materials or use ones you have procured, who cleans up and dumps the rubbish, the actual 'scope' of the work and payment schedules. You check their work and organise the timing of the various trades. Yes, this is work and it can be time consuming. It's also why builders charge the considerable rates that they do, but it can be a huge saving if you undertake it and really, who has a greater interest in your project, a builder who is handling several jobs at the same time or yourself?
By owner building you can personally monitor the project and see that the various stages are done correctly to your satisfaction while dealing directly with the tradesmen that actually do the work.
If you are a handyman and do some of the work yourself, you must still use qualified trades people for specialty jobs such as the plumbing and electrics. These details, advice on contracting tradesmen and many other facets of the process are described in the owner builder course that must be completed before you can be granted a building permit. Several O.B. courses are available online. The owner builder course with Absolute Education has proven popular with our clients for its clarity and ease of operation on the computer.