"Steel Kit Homes"
We’ve Come A long Way Since The Quonset Huts Baby!

"Steel Kit Homes"

There may be more than one reason for looking into a steel kit home for you and your family. With the economy the way that it is we are all tightening our belts and looking into money saving options. If we keep our cups half-full, at least the recession is teaching us how to stretch a dollar a little bit further day by day.

It may be that you are simply environmentally conscience as we discussed on the steel building kit page and this is your little part in helping to save the planet. That sounds like a good enough reason to me as well.

Whatever the reason, I’m here to help if I can. Let’s look into a bit of history about the steel kit homes for a minute shall we?

"History Of Prefabricated Homes"

The first prefabricated building kits were put on the market somewhere in the 1600’s. Sears Roebuck actually sold kit homes in the early 1900’s but of course, these homes were made from timber and not from steel.

The timbers, were cut to specifications, along with other pieces to the puzzle, and were sent by rail where the home was to be assembled. After a while, they gave up on the idea due to the lack of variety in the design.

"The First Steel Kits Homes"

The Quonset hut was and still is a lightweight prefabricated structure of corrugated galvanized steel. In 1941, the United States Navy needed an all-purpose, lightweight building that could be shipped and assembled without any, or at least very little skilled labor. The George A. Fuller construction company was the ones contracted to manufacture them.

The sides of the buildings were corrugated steel sheets. The two ends were covered with plywood that had a door and some windows. The interior was insulated, had pressed wood walls, and a wooden floor. The building could be placed just about anywhere, making it perfect in meeting with their needs.

After the war, the U.S. military sold the huts to the public for $1,000 each although, when you consider the prices of the time that was about the cost of a small completed home. Maybe they just wanted to have a piece of history in their yard but for whatever reason, they were the owners of some of the very first steel kit homes.

"The Steel Kit Homes Of Today"

There are a lot of skeptics out there that feel that the prefab homes of today are a fad that will be here today and gone tomorrow, but I wouldn’t count on that with the way the planets resources are being used up. It takes a whole lot less trees to put one together when they are almost completely made from steel. More than likely recycled scrap metal. A wonderful material if I must say so myself.

Today there are large amounts of house designs that you can choose from. Certain companies specialize in manufacturing steel kit homes to the specifications that you need. You won’t end up stuck with a home that looks like a square box with a few windows in it and a door.

There are some great looking steel homes out there for you so get the one that you want and be proud that you did.

"Its Money In The Bank"

Whatever the reason you choose to own one of these homes, the bonus is that you are going to save a lot of money in the cost of the home and in the utility bills. You don’t have to call the termite control man every time you turn around from the termites eating your wood. In addition, when you are done with the home, someone will come out and pick it up, tear it down for you, and gladly have it recycled, possibly making another home for someone else. You can't do that with a tree built home.

"Choose Wisely"

Prefabricated homes are in a very competitive business. Use the buyer bewares approach when doing your shopping. Choose the best option for you in design, durability and delivery. The home needs to be customized to fit your individual needs. Most other requirements, such as permits and loans, are the same whether the home is being constructed with a prefab home building kit or a brick and mortar on site constructed home so be prepared to do your homework, ask questions and get it right the first time. Contact us if you need to and always intend to make an educated decision based on an educated thought.

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