Stacy Witscher wrote:Personally, I'm not a fan of new houses. I like old houses. While I haven't looked into a kit house, I would never live in a trailer/double wide or any kind of manufactured home. When we were looking for property, manufactured homes were completely off the list. Further building on our property will be natural building, with as much as possible being site harvested. But to each his own.
Dale Hodgins wrote:There's some could have and would have there.
When looking at what things are likely to cost, I think it's important to look at things that are completely built and to talk to the owners about what their actual costs were.
Jessa Hunt wrote:I've been seriously considering a kit-home. There's several companies that do log-cabin style kits, but that's not my cup of tea so I didn't save those links.
The company I'll probably go with is shelterkit.com - I am attracted to the polished GoodFit series by an architect who specializes in small homes, but if I do a little more design work myself I could save even more with a basic kit I think. They swear that you don't need any cranes or large equipment to put their kits together. Just a couple of able bodied people, no carpentry knowledge needed. I imagine I'll have to get some help, I have no head for heights.
They quoted me 6k for shipping from MA to the Portland, OR area, and depending on the kit, from 45-60k for the kit. That includes roofing and siding, but not doors and windows - and of course nothing is finished inside.
I've lived in a manufactured home before, and while I didn't mind it, I just never felt like it was a House? I also want to customize my own kitchen, don't want a dining room... Most of the modulars and manufactureds on the market right now are more of a 'pick your colors' on existing floor plans that don't make me happy.
It's still a long ways out, since no matter which way I end up going I have to have the money saved up first. And find land. And the money for the land. I have hopes but I'm not betting it's anytime in the next two years. Either we'll find a plot with a house that works ok, or we'll probably do the kit.
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