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Frequently Asked Questions


 

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions


 

 

 

What's included?


Your Homebuilt kit can include as much or as little that you want.  We'll make sure that whatever "features" you want included (roofing, siding, insulation, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, appliances, etc.) will come with all the little nuts and bolts and even caulking needed for installation, as well as clear instructions on how to install them.

You pick what you want to build.

We'll make sure you can build it. 

What's included?


Your Homebuilt kit can include as much or as little that you want.  We'll make sure that whatever "features" you want included (roofing, siding, insulation, plumbing, electrical, cabinetry, appliances, etc.) will come with all the little nuts and bolts and even caulking needed for installation, as well as clear instructions on how to install them.

You pick what you want to build.

We'll make sure you can build it. 

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Who can build it?


Who can build it?


 

Anyone.

 

Well, anyone who can lift 23lbs. and can use a cordless drill.

 
 
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What makes it so easy?


 

 

What makes it so easy?


 

 

First, the instructions:  very clear, language-neutral illustrations for each and every step.  Second, the components: using the principal of “self-guided assembly,” the parts (framing, sheathing, finishes, etc. – all of which will weigh under 23lbs) actually interlock with each other, removing the need for multiple people or bracing to hold things plumb and square, as well as dramatically reducing the possibility of incorrect assembly.  Third, the completeness:  everything is there, clearly labeled, pilot-drilled, and packaged such that the first part is on top, the last part is on the bottom.  Finally, the tools:  all that is needed is a cordless drill and a rubber mallet (and, in some cases, a step ladder); everything is screwed together into pre-existing pilot holes, everything is cut to exact sizes (no tape measures and no dangerous saws!), and everything interlocks (no levels – the interlocking makes it plumb and square!).  (Note:  Modification and addition projects to existing buildings may require other tools, but we’ll help you keep those to a minimum.).

 
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How is this possible?


How is this possible?


Using state-of-the-art computer modeling and robotic cutting equipment, each and every part exists first digitally, then is robotically cut to within 0.001in precision.

 
 
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What can't be built?


What can't be built?


HOMEBUILT does not provide instructions or material for site grading, foundations, or bringing utilities to the house.  The nature of that work requires expensive equipment and substantial prior experience.  We also recommend that the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC materials (which we can provide) be installed with, at minimum, the oversight of a licensed electrician and plumber.  In many areas, this is also required by law.

 
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Who benefits from Homebuilt’s system?


Who benefits from Homebuilt’s system?


Three groups benefit from HOMEBUILT product lines.  Homeowners benefit from dramatically reduced costs – by self-build or the reduction of external labor costs simply due to the speed and simplicity of the kits – as well as from the pride and satisfaction of knowing they picked the design, were involved (completely or partially) in the construction, and that they understand and have documentation for every single detail of their home.  Non-profit and volunteer organizations benefit similarly from the same reduced costs, as well as the ability to take much greater advantage of volunteers, who themselves will appreciate the richer, more complete experience of learning to and actually building nearly all parts of a construction project.  Finally, professional contractors, also benefiting from the reduced cost, are able to focus their tradespeoples’s time on those aspects of the building project they prefer to concentrate on, staffing the assembly of the kitted portions with junior staff.  In this way, HOMEBUILT kits enable the professional homebuilder to seamlessly take on more projects, with a greater variety of scales and budgets, while simultaneously taking the guess work out of material and labor estimates.  

 
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What about service?


What about service?


Whether you’re building your HOMEBUILT project or have been enjoying the fruits of your HOMEBUILT labor for years, we are here to help.  While we’ve spared no effort to make the instructions and the kits as clear as possible, sometimes you just get stuck.  Perhaps you’ve misplaced a part (happens to the best of us!), or maybe the wind blew away your instructions.  Whatever the case, give us a call.  If you need a new part, we’ll ship it to you immediately.  If you need us to walk you through a step, we’re happy to get on the phone.  If you’re really stuck, and you need one of us to swing by and give you a hand, we can do that for a reasonable fee.  Whatever the case, we want to make sure that the building experience is seamless and enjoyable.  However, the construction is only the first step of homeownership, and so our support of your HOMEBUILT project also continues well past your first night in your new home.  The digital version of your entire project is kept and maintained in a secure server at HOMEBUILT.  If you ever have a question (“What circuit is that light on again?”) or want to make a change (“Wouldn’t it be nice to add a door directly into the home office?”), we’ll be here to look up your design in our system or send you a renovation kit specific to your house.  Homes are living, changing things, and we want to help all along the way.