There's never been a better time to plan for your new home than now. We're coming to the end of the year and with Christmas holidays around the corner you have that all important family time to think about how you live now and how you want to live in the future. What will your family look like and what kind of lifestyle do you really want to have?
Are you building a holiday or rental home? In which case functionality may take precedence over beauty.
These are vital questions to think about when planning for your new home.
You may already have land and want to wait until after cyclone season before you start to build. This is a very wise move and one we endorse! However, there is much more to consider and new processes to follow these days, so ensuring all your planning is done and permits are in place before materials arrive means a smoother build, faster finish and cost efficient savings all round.
Planning early means you will be ready to hit the green light immediately your kit arrives. Groundworks can be completed and foundations laid in anticipation and you'll be amazed how quickly your house goes up compared to a traditional build.
We often get asked how long it takes to get one of our kit homes to site. The answer is variable depending on whether you choose a local steel frame kit home from Methomes based in Lautoka, or a Freamohs timber home which arrives by sea freight from New Zealand.
Both companies require around 6 weeks notice to manufacture and organise all components that make up the kit. Add about 3 weeks for freight and customs clearance if ordering a Fraemohs kit home.
It is very important to remember that there are designs to be agreed upon, interior fit out choices to be made, exterior cladding choices to review and colour schemes for roofing and facings to consider. Once all of that is confirmed concept plans and full working drawings need to be produced for your council and engineering approval and foundation systems will have been agreed.
All of this take time and careful planning. PPS recommends allowing at least 3 months from fully researching your new kit home project to site delivery giving yourself plenty of time to consider all options, designs and choices available to you within your budget.
All of our kit homes are engineered up to Cat 5 cyclone certification and come with a full set of working drawings to satisfy your local council requirements.
We can organise geotechnical surveys for just about anywhere in Fiji as well as a host of other consultation services to get your new kit home project off the ground – literally!