Choosing Your Builder
All Cabin Kit
offer pre-built "panelized" packages... at no added cost!
exterior and interior wall panels, pre-cut roof system, pre-built
stairs (per model), and complete
plans... for fast and easy
packages save time, labor and building costs.
where to find good builders:
Local lumber company - Go to the
"builder/contractor sales" department. Ask them for the names of
two or three good builders. The
lumber company always knows the good builders... because they
pay their bills and are good customers.
Referrals - Ask neighbors or friends,
or look for newly-built homes in your area. Cabin Kit Homes all use
kiln-dried lumber and standard building 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.
Builders and contractors use plans to
figure out their labor costs. Without plans, builders cannot provide reliable bids or
Labor costs represent the time spent... hours, days,
Materials Costs: Materials costs
represent the costs of the materials they provide.
if your builder provides the materials?
Your Cabin Kit
materials package includes the "panelized" pre-built walls and
materials needed to build your complete locked-up weather-tight shell
package. Under the "NAFTA" free trade program with Canada, the cost of materials
is at least 31% less that in the United States. Plus, you pay
no state sales
tax... a savings of at least 6% to 8%! In addition, you pay
no builder mark-up of 15% to 20%. Even more important,
you do not earn the better currency exchange credit
between US and Canadian dollars.
When your builder supplies the
materials, he will charge you his higher US lumber costs... plus sales tax... plus his
customary mark-up of 15%
to 20%. Some builders don't like pre-built "panelized" packages
because they don't get their profits and customary mark-ups on the lumber
Most builders like having customers supply the materials.
Walls, roofing, windows, doors,
siding, decks, hardware, etc. It's all included... even the nails,
bolts, screws and fasteners. There is nothing extra to buy, and you
are provided with a complete written inventory of everything you
ordered. It saves you time, labor costs, and unnecessary trips to
the lumber store. And it gives both you and your builder a detailed,
numbered list that avoids errors and mistakes.
Note: Why do builders feel
threatened when customers buy the materials? Because they can't add their
customary 15% to 20% mark-up. It's smart to get more than one labor bid to
make sure your new home or cabin gets built on budget, at the
lowest cost possible.
about builders that can save you thousands!
often use the old "mark-up"
method. They also claim they can buy the materials locally at the
same price. Of course, they can't. But their proposal may show lower material costs...
while they charge you higher labor costs.
(Like a salesman who offers a higher trade-in allowance... but
gives you no discount on the price of the car.)
When the builder claims his materials cost less, ask him for
a line-item copy of his materials bid. And then compare his bid to our
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.
Don't be fooled by "low-ball" bids.
are dangerous. When a builder can't build for the price he
quoted, you could be left with a half-completed home... including thousands of dollars in
liens and un-paid bills. 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 quotes that let you ask questions, get answers,
and compare "apples with apples." Your banker will insist on line-item
quotes, and so
comments and questions are always welcome.
The "Peaks" Model
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