Choosing Your Builder
All Cabin Kit
are pre-built "Panelized" packages... at no added cost!
Included are pre-built
exterior and interior wall panels, pre-cut roof system, pre-built
stairs (per model), and complete
plans... for fast and easy
installation. Pre-built "panelized"
packages save time, labor and building costs.
Interest rates are near record
lows and builders are looking for work. When you have purchased your
building site and selected the Cabin Kit plan you want to build,
we may be able to help you choose an experienced, well-qualified
In the meantime, here is
where to look for good builders:
Local lumber company - Go to the
"builder/contractor sales" department and ask for the names of
two or three good builders who mostly do their own work. The
lumber company always knows the good builders, because they pay
their bills and are
good customers of the lumber company.
Referrals - Ask neighbors or friends,
or look for newly-built homes in your area. Cabin Kit Homes use
kiln-dried lumber and standard construction methods. Any good builder or
licensed contractor who builds quality homes can help you.
Local city or
county building department - Building
inspectors know the good builders. Ask for two or three names of
good local builders who do their own work.
a great time to save thousands! Builders are looking for work and
interest rates are at record lows. Want more information on
Tips and secrets some builders
hope you never read about!
Builders and contractors use plans to
figure out the labor cost to build
your home. Without plans, you can not obtain reliable bids or proposals.
Labor costs represent the time spent... hours, days,
Materials Costs: Materials costs
are provided in our written Quote.
If you are planning to build this year, this is the time
to order your Cabin Kit Plans.
if your builder supplies the materials?
Your Cabin Kit
materials package includes
all the materials needed to build the complete locked-up weather-tight shell
package for your home. And the cost of those materials... under the
"NAFTA" free trade program with Canada... is often 36% to 38% less than
you or your builder can buy them for anywhere else.
roofing, windows, doors, siding, decks, etc. It's all included...
even the nails, bolts, screws and fasteners. There is nothing extra
to buy. And you control your materials costs...
without the builder charging you the higher US lumber costs... plus his
customary 15% to 20% mark-up!
Most builders like having
the customer supply the materials... especially when the materials all come in
one shipment with a complete written inventory of everything you
ordered. It saves the builder time, labor costs, and
unnecessary trips to the lumber yard. It also gives the builder a
detailed numbered list of all the wall panels and other materials are to be used for each
task... thus avoiding errors and mistakes.
Note: Why do some builders feel
threatened when customers buy the materials? Because the
builder can't add his typical 15% to 20% mark-up. Getting more than one labor bid is the smartest way to
make sure your new home or cabin gets built on budget, at the
lowest cost possible.
about builders that can save you thousands.
sometimes use the old "mark-up"
method, and claim they can buy the materials locally at the
same price. Of course, they can't. But their proposal may try to show lower material costs...
while they make up the difference by charging you higher labor costs.
(Just like the car salesman who offers a higher trade-in allowance... but
gives you no discount on the price of the new car.)
If the builder claims his materials cost less, ask him for
a line-item bid for his materials... in writing. We are happy to
compare his costs with ours.
Some builders also "front load" their proposals
for items you can't trace... like excavation,
grading, concrete and foundations.
can also make labor costs appear lower than
they really are.)
Use your Cabin Kit plans to get "labor-only" line-item bids
so that builders can't "front load" their costs. Keep control.
And don't settle
for "lump-sum" labor bids.
hazards of "low-ball" bids and proposals.
and proposals are dangerous. When a builder can't build for the price he
quotes, you could be left with a half-completed home... including thousands of dollars in
liens and un-paid bills... and nobody willing to complete the
project. And regardless of your legal rights, the damages and recovery of lost
money can take years to resolve.
Tip: Enjoy the security and peace of mind that
building your new home or cabin the thrill of a lifetime.
Use your Cabin Kit plans to get written, line-item bids that let you ask questions, get answers,
and compare "apples with apples." Your banker will insist on line-item
bids, and so
comments and questions are always welcome.
A very special "Thank You"
to customers like these who have helped us become America's #1 Cabin Kit supplier
We've been customers for years and
there is no better home than a Cabin Kit Home. Top quality, and the
best service you could ask for.
--Patrick & Barbara, Fortine, MT
"We love our cabin, thank you and your company
--Patti & Michael, CA
"We have been customers for seven-plus years and
totally love our new Cabin Kit home!"
Mike & Wendy, AZ
"We have several Cabin Kit homes
in Arkansas and have been very happy with the quality and the big
Gene Eddleman, AR
"PANELIZED" CABIN KIT
"The panelized package is the only way to go!
--Herman Groman. NV
"Cabin Kit materials are top quality, kiln dried
lumber. We saved over $26,000 with their much lower NAFTA
Dan Leeper, AZ
"The quality of materials is terrific.
This is our 4th Cabin Kit package. Your field support is great!"
--Gary Simonsen, Builder, MT
"We really enjoy our Cabin Kit home. The
pre-built panels saved us weeks of building time and thousands of
dollars in labor costs.
David & Molly Vaux, NM
"We love our cabin. Everything arrived as
promised, we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our builder
said he had never seen such quality materials!"
--Vivian and Pixie, CO
We saved more than $16,000 on our new
Cabin Kit home, and have been customers for almost 10 years."
Scott and Sandy, ID
"We couldn't be happier. Your design help was great,
and the wall panels were perfect. The mountain view from the deck is better than we had
--Cindy & Dan, WA