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A blueprint for building a dream kit home on a budget

A journey of progress

Darren and Alyson’s quest for a dream home led them on an extraordinary journey, marked by perseverance and resourcefulness. Despite facing challenges like lockdowns, natural disasters including fire and floods as well as the pandemic, they took the plunge to build their ideal abode with Wide Span Sheds. This is the inspiring story of how they transformed their vision into a reality, one step at a time.

From the very beginning, they were determined to take charge of their dream home project. Armed with determination, the demolition was a labour of love, and Darren cleared the way for the new structure, so he could bring their vision to life. He also levelled the block and laid the substructure to the floor, meticulously preparing the foundation for what was to come. The sight of the framework standing tall was a testament to Darren's dedication to their dream. After three years and one month of hard work, the completion with a Certificate of Occupancy (COO) marked a triumphant moment for Darren and Alyson, validating their efforts and unwavering spirit throughout the journey.

Wide Span Sheds: a partner in progress

Darren and Alyson’s dream home was made possible by the Cottage 169 A kit Home from Wide Span Sheds. It features 4 bedrooms, with an open-plan dining, kitchen, and living area that formed the heart of the home as well as a front and rear verandah. With minimal queries on the plans, the project progressed smoothly, and the robust exterior insulation finishing system (EIFS) cladding (R rating 3.9) ensured excellent weatherproofing for their home. The internal walls (R rating 2.5), roof (R rating 6.5), and underfloor (R rating 2.5) further enhanced the energy efficiency of the structure.

Building on a budget

Darren and Alyson’s budget-savvy approach, in partnership with Wide Span Sheds, helped them build their dream home under $200,000. The system provided essential steel products without on-selling additional items at an added margin. Unlike many suppliers, Wide Span Sheds doesn’t include standard inclusions like windows, doors, gyprock, and plumbing with extra costs. As an Owner Builder, they used a Bunnings power pass card for affordable materials. Smart decisions on tapware and fixtures further cut expenses, all while achieving their vision and quality.

Patience and research

Their journey was not without challenges, but their patience and willingness to explore various options paid off. Scouring Facebook Marketplace, Darren and Alyson stumbled upon incredible deals, saving substantial costs on materials. Seeking advice from experienced trade and researching different construction methods empowered them to make well-informed decisions at every step.

Though modest compared to city dwellings, their home met their needs, thanks to Wide Span Sheds' solid foundation matching their vision and lifestyle.

Their story showcases determination, resilience, and resourcefulness in making dreams come true. Building with Wide Span Sheds was a testament to their unwavering commitment to their vision, overcoming life's challenges. Their journey stands as a reminder that with the right partner and spirit, any dream is within reach.

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