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Assembly is Required for These Kit Homes
CNBC ^ | December 23, 2011 | Colleen Kane

Posted on 12/25/2011 4:38:59 PM PST by decimon

Despite seemingly endless interest in decorating, landscaping, buying, staging and selling houses, actually building a house is a mysterious process that is mostly left to professionals. But for some homeowners, buying and in some cases assembling, a prefabricated home holds appeal.

A kit home can streamline the process of custom-building a house. While the prices aren’t bargain-basement, kit homes can cost less. Keep in mind that these homes cost more to build than just the sticker price on the kit. Buyers might have to pony up for windows, cabinets, fixtures, contractors, subcontractors and other features and services, in addition to purchasing the land where the house is located. The total cost to build the house, minus cost of land is called the turnkey price.

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1 posted on 12/25/2011 4:39:03 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

For my Adirondack survival camp . . . maybe.


2 posted on 12/25/2011 4:41:06 PM PST by Oratam
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To: decimon

For my Adirondack survival camp . . . maybe.


3 posted on 12/25/2011 4:41:49 PM PST by Oratam
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To: decimon

bump


4 posted on 12/25/2011 4:42:36 PM PST by Oratam
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To: decimon

Had a log home.....once. Beavers came in and took the thing apart to make a dam. I think them putting the granite countertops on top was a bit showy.


5 posted on 12/25/2011 4:49:59 PM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: decimon

Sears used to sell kit homes from their catalogue. There is (was?) a community comprised of them on Staten Island in NYC.


6 posted on 12/25/2011 4:53:40 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: decimon

Stop by the Nixon Library to see the old style kit home.


7 posted on 12/25/2011 4:54:50 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendental)
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To: Roccus; decimon

http://www.searsarchives.com/homes/1908-1914.htm


8 posted on 12/25/2011 4:55:33 PM PST by Roccus (POLITICIAN...............a four letter word spelled with ten letters.)
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To: blueunicorn6

They didn’t want you to think your contribution was taken for granite...


9 posted on 12/25/2011 4:57:05 PM PST by null and void (Day 1068 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: decimon

permanent mobile homes.


10 posted on 12/25/2011 5:01:12 PM PST by digger48
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To: decimon
Way ahead of y'all.


11 posted on 12/25/2011 5:03:55 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Roccus

Nationwide Homes of Martinsville, Virginia is manufacturing small modular cottages, that can be ordered with solar already installed, pretty cool looking, they might have gone too upscale with the materials for the current market, though, fairly pricey for the square footage. Eco-Cottages, online PDFs on their site.


12 posted on 12/25/2011 5:05:28 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: Roccus

Montgomery Wards also sold kit homes.


13 posted on 12/25/2011 5:19:45 PM PST by sbMKE
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To: decimon

TinyHomes or whatever it is are nice. All you have to do is build a 60 by 40 garage and buy those 40 by 8 storage containers and you’re set. (We didn’t do the TinyHomes but did the rest and haven’t regretted it.)


14 posted on 12/25/2011 5:21:16 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: null and void

LOL puns are fun.


15 posted on 12/25/2011 5:24:20 PM PST by wastedyears (Not too long you devious little parathyroid. Soon I'll be rid of you and I'll be free.)
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To: Oratam
check it out... Tiny Houses
16 posted on 12/25/2011 5:28:40 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: wastedyears

I expected you to, um, counter with one of your own...


17 posted on 12/25/2011 5:31:52 PM PST by null and void (Day 1068 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Hillbilly high rise. Here's a one flight up version.
18 posted on 12/25/2011 5:41:35 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: John S Mosby

Oh, now. You’re being unfair. That there’s a dee-luxe deerstand, a status symbol. You’ve got to know what you’re looking at. Shoot, that thing’s even wired.


19 posted on 12/25/2011 5:45:57 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
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To: decimon
Waay too upscale, even the Tiny House site. What obamunistas have in mind it the permanently on the road home, all equal, all homeless-- while the political class live in real homes-- a modern day version of the Dust Bowl:
20 posted on 12/25/2011 5:46:20 PM PST by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: RegulatorCountry

Deer stand - darn! You beat me to it.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 5:50:10 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS U.S.A. PRESIDENT)
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To: John S Mosby

Teardrop trailers are cool.
I have been meaning to get one for years for weekend trips.


22 posted on 12/25/2011 6:29:36 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Chode

They are cute. One could start a beach colony with a few of those.


23 posted on 12/25/2011 6:32:13 PM PST by Oratam
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To: Oratam
absolutely...
24 posted on 12/25/2011 6:34:55 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Roccus

Sears would deliver them via train car back in the 20’s. Very common in Iowa.


25 posted on 12/25/2011 6:36:12 PM PST by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: decimon

I have seen a lot of kit homes, people call them “connex” containers.


26 posted on 12/25/2011 6:37:27 PM PST by Eye of Unk (Castigo Cay by Matt Bracken, check it out. And his other works.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

High rise. Love it and where is this place?


27 posted on 12/25/2011 6:43:36 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (Dear Santa....I can explain.)
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To: decimon
actually building a house is a mysterious process that is mostly left to professionals.

Dewalt compound 12" miter saw, a couple of air nail guns for studs and sheet goods, and a coiled roofing gun, pretty much makes short work of the mysterious process.

28 posted on 12/25/2011 6:55:26 PM PST by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: donmeaker

Ha! I was just in the kit home where Richard Nixon was born the other day!


29 posted on 12/25/2011 6:57:51 PM PST by passionfruit (When illegals become legal, even they won't do the work Americans won't do)
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To: passionfruit

Perhaps you are just down the freeway from me.

An interesting library, though I have never been to an uninteresting presidential library. I always liked Nixon, in part because of his honor in not contesting his first election, and in part because he signed some of my orders.

How many of the statues of world figures did you recognize? I was very surprised at the lack of stature of Nikita Khrushchev.


30 posted on 12/25/2011 7:13:15 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendental)
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To: null and void

tinier houses...

http://www.yeahdave.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/port.jpg


31 posted on 12/25/2011 7:16:34 PM PST by donmeaker (e is trancendental)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael
Hey! My brother-in-law owns that trailer park! LOL


32 posted on 12/25/2011 7:17:49 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar shall resume upon returning from the holiday festivities......assuming it's sober.)
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To: decimon
As someone who has spent the last few years in the researching and planning stages of building a log home, the prospect of doing it is not only daunting, but mind-numbing. There is no 'easy' way of accomplishing it. And for those liking the prow front with a steep roof pitch, they have no idea what they're asking for until they consider the post-build responsibilities. For one (or two), I won't be the one going up a ten foot ladder to change the light bulbs and clean the windows in the great room.


33 posted on 12/25/2011 7:30:35 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar shall resume upon returning from the holiday festivities......assuming it's sober.)
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To: decimon
actually building a house is a mysterious process that is mostly left to professionals.

I'm kind of getting stuck on this phrase. There's a gazillion books out there that'll walk you through it, step by step. I'm in the process of getting the permits in order to build my own house, and I'm finding the government red tape more baffling than the building process.
34 posted on 12/25/2011 7:32:03 PM PST by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: Viking2002

Problems noted but I have seen some beautiful cedar log houses.


35 posted on 12/25/2011 7:37:17 PM PST by decimon
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To: Ellendra
I'm in the process of getting the permits in order to build my own house, and I'm finding the government red tape more baffling than the building process.

I don't doubt it. Just closing on a house is a legal circus so building one must be a real trip.

36 posted on 12/25/2011 7:42:10 PM PST by decimon
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To: decimon

Bump for later


37 posted on 12/25/2011 7:43:58 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (The democratic party is the greatest cargo cult in history.)
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To: WilliamofCarmichael

-PJ

38 posted on 12/25/2011 7:44:59 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: John S Mosby

Cool pickup and teardrop!


39 posted on 12/25/2011 7:46:03 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: Conservative4Ever
Lots of cool custom ideas here.

Including ideas for outdoors like on a patio or something.

40 posted on 12/25/2011 7:50:56 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: Political Junkie Too

I knowed it! It’s the Clinton Lieberry.


41 posted on 12/25/2011 7:52:53 PM PST by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: decimon

My boss owns a beautiful three-story house that was originally ordered as a kit from Sears Roebuck in the 1930s. Every piece was shipped to the site by train and then built by company approved contractors.


42 posted on 12/25/2011 7:53:57 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: decimon
Everything else aside (including budgetary limitations), if you can build fronm cedar or cypress, by all means, do so. The resin of both woods have natural insect-repelling properties, and cedar has an aromatic quality that simply invites you in the door. Another aspect is the pre-treatment of the log itself - I'd like to build with standing deadwood, as it helps remove a magnitude of concern over kiln-drying, checking, and settling. OK, I'm prattling, but it ties into the article - if you throw money into something like this without getting into an intimate relationship with the inner working of it, you may do so at your own peril.........


43 posted on 12/25/2011 8:12:22 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar shall resume upon returning from the holiday festivities......assuming it's sober.)
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To: null and void

Well you didn’t address it to me so I didn’t feel a need to respond in that fashion.


44 posted on 12/25/2011 8:18:36 PM PST by wastedyears (Not too long you devious little parathyroid. Soon I'll be rid of you and I'll be free.)
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To: wastedyears

Fair enough. I always have a pun of two on tap...


45 posted on 12/25/2011 8:24:05 PM PST by null and void (Day 1068 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: John S Mosby


46 posted on 12/25/2011 8:27:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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To: John S Mosby

I like that teardrop camper. I’ve been looking at plans and want to build my own.


47 posted on 12/25/2011 9:55:25 PM PST by Hotmetal (Courage is being scared to death..............and saddling up anyway.)
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To: Hotmetal

Here’s a great teardrop forum:

http://www.mikenchell.com/forums/


48 posted on 12/25/2011 11:45:39 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Never Again! Except for the next time.)
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To: decimon

!


49 posted on 12/25/2011 11:55:21 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: Viking2002

My family built a 3 bedroom two story log cabin kit in 1980. Lived in a very small metal building while doing so. It was interesting. It was beautiful but in the winter it didn’t keep out the cold. We’d lay down two strips of foam between each log, the logs connected dow-like and we pounded 12 inch twisted nails for connection.
It was some kind of work, just moving the logs, especially the higher you got up. Plus a two-story stone fireplace, where I got to haul the stone up the scaffolding for the mason.


50 posted on 12/26/2011 12:30:02 AM PST by TwoSwords
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