Due to the current drive to increase thermal standards in new houses, low cost homes are more easily achieved using timber frame construction. Low cost kit homes further benefit from the off-site nature of timber frame construction which speeds up the on-site build process and resulting in further cost savings.
Guide prices for house building are usually based on the area of all floors (measured inside the external walls but over internal partitions) in square metres. However, it is important to note that this is not an exact science and significant variations can occur.
The cost per square metre will reduce as you go from a single storey, to a one and a half storey, to a two storey design. A square/rectangular house (box) will cost less than an 'L' or 'T' shaped house. And, a small house will cost more (per square metre) than a large house.
You also need to bear in mind that the overcost of small 'sticky out' bits such as bay windows, dormers and porches always carry a disproportionately high cost for the additional floor area they provide. Similarly, conservatories and the like with a much higher window/door content will cost more than a conventional build.
The span of a house will influence price too. Generally, the wider the span the less external wall you get per square metre of floor space so, the cost per square metre reduces.
Finally, you need to consider specification - kitchen and bathrooms are highly variable but other items such as external stone features, panelled doors, timber board flooring, hardwood/woodgrain PVCu windows/doors, hardwood finishings, etc. will all impact on the overall cost.
Norscot has earned a reputation for designing low cost kit homes. We understand how to maximise floor space by ensuring the internal layout minimises circulation areas and places greater emphasis on dayrooms - living, dining and kitchen - than bedrooms and bathrooms. We also know how to maximise the use of building materials (especially board products such as flooring and wall / ceiling linings) to minimise waste.
Low cost kit homes do not have to be unduly small, although that is the obvious solution. They just need to be given more thought than those where there are less stringent budgetary concerns.
There can be little doubt Norscot has stood the test of time. This means customers can expect products which are “fit for purpose” and a reliable service. They can also have total confidence in the comprehensive guarantees offered by the company.