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Assembly Required: 15 DIY Kit Homes
BobVila.com ^ | 1-4-14 | Donna Boyle Schwartz

Posted on 01/12/2014 8:42:03 PM PST by TurboZamboni

Big or small, contemporary or traditional, kit homes are an intriguing alternative for homebuyers today. Most kit homes are designed to be swiftly assembled by even novice do-it-yourselfers, and the price per square foot runs as low as $20 (and as high as $400). We've pulled together some of our favorite kit homes, and the tour starts here!

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: diy; diyhomes; homes; kit

1 posted on 01/12/2014 8:42:03 PM PST by TurboZamboni
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To: TurboZamboni

Tract builders are basically building kit homes. They build the same 8 to 10 plans over and over. After the first few they know the exact cost and there is little waste. And they typically have around a 30% mark up. Bear in mind their overhead is probably 15%.

By this time next year I hope to have a 1,300 s.f. home built for around $50 a s.f. Add $15,000 for a city lot (in a small Texas town) and my payments will be around $450 a month plus property taxes and insurance.


2 posted on 01/12/2014 9:07:09 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: TurboZamboni

You can get high end custom for what some of those cost per square foot. And you can get an existing house with land in much of the country for what a lot of them tally. Four of them look like they might be cost effective for a get-away cabin.

Prices per square foot:
225-300
225-400
28-60
20 up
218.75 (shipping container)
75-150
75-100
125 up
165-200
$25,000 for a garden shed on wheels
49-174
34-65
100
?
40.62


3 posted on 01/12/2014 9:08:18 PM PST by PAR35
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To: VerySadAmerican
By this time next year I hope to have a 1,300 s.f. home built for around $50 a s.f. Add $15,000 for a city lot (in a small Texas town)

I used to figure $70 a square foot for a nice finish out on a used home on a good lot; anything more was for location.

4 posted on 01/12/2014 9:13:46 PM PST by PAR35
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To: TurboZamboni

Bumping for later with mrs p6, thanks!


5 posted on 01/12/2014 9:39:17 PM PST by prisoner6 (FREEDOM)
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To: TurboZamboni
Cool post. I love my little metal a-frame on 5 acres. It is 2100sf with a nice deck off the second floor, where we can watch the wildlife. It has a cool metal roof that looks like wood shingles. And the kitchen is big and well designed. It cost us 75k back in 1997. (Of course we have put lots more into "little upgrades" since then.) The only thing I would change now? A bigger fireplace! And we should have purchased more of the surrounding woods. I know it's not everyone's dream home but we sure are comfortable here.


6 posted on 01/12/2014 11:39:04 PM PST by Casie (democrats destroy)
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To: TurboZamboni

btt for later


7 posted on 01/12/2014 11:40:26 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: TurboZamboni

Oh my...


8 posted on 01/13/2014 12:22:43 AM PST by Yehuda (Pres Obortion, Sen.McAnus, Hillary Abedin Clinton all kiss the *ss of the muslim brotherhood. A)
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To: TurboZamboni

Nice, I had a friend in Maine who lived in a dome. Domes are nice homes.


9 posted on 01/13/2014 3:47:50 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014theyearofdeadRINOs)
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To: VerySadAmerican

As I understand it—and I hope you will correct me if I’m wrong—the real problems with building something like this are first, that it’s very hard to get a construction loan, so you have to pay cash up front for everything, and second, that you have a prolonged construction process because you have to buy the land, contract to put in the utilities, well, septic, foundation, driveway, outbuildings, etc., and supervise the trades as your own general contractor. The regular tract-house builder can turn these houses out on an assembly-line basis but it is a little more exasperating and time-consuming for one or two guys. Still, it’s a good idea and very much worth considering.


10 posted on 01/13/2014 8:35:19 AM PST by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: Casie

Sounds like a nice setup.


11 posted on 01/13/2014 8:44:28 AM PST by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
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To: ottbmare

I have a friend who started a company where he serves as the “builder of record”. He manages the job just like any other “builder”. So, the construction loan is easy to get.
That’s IF you qualify for a permanent mortgage. Bottom line is he’ll build the house for $6.15 above cost. With me, that won’t be charged because I’ll manage the job myself using his trade contractors.

The way it works is you get a 90% loan based on the appraised market value. With the first draw you pay off the land. Since I’m doing it myself I’ll save the builder’s overhead and builder profit. I’ll end up borrowing about 75% of the loan amount.

It always takes a little longer so you pay a little more in interim interest on the construction loan than a tract builder. His trades finish a job and move to the next lot. The trades I use will have to travel a little farther, and truthfully, they’ll put me off for a week if one of the bigger builders calls them.


12 posted on 01/13/2014 4:39:23 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Casie

Very charming!


13 posted on 01/13/2014 4:42:58 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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