The complete process – how it works:
STEP 1: DESIGN & ENGINEERING.
We design modern, efficient, easy-to-build homes– without all the "fluff" that unnecessarily drives up the cost of the home. After you have decided which home you want to build, we contact your local building department to determine the design and engineering requirements in your area. Engineering requirements are location specific depending on snow loads, frost depth, wind loads, seismic requirements, etc. We then complete the plans and engineering specific for your building location. We send you complete, submit-ready floor plans, stamped structural drawings and engineering calculations, construction documents, detailed instructions, etc. You get everything you need to get a building permit and build the home – from initial permit to final completion.
STEP 2: ONSITE WORK.
After the building permit is issued, your local contractor will complete all the site work: excavation, foundation, etc. We provide the floor plans, engineering and instructions for the foundation and onsite work.
STEP 3: EXTERIOR SHELL KIT INSTALL.
We prefabricate "BIG" highly insulated wall and roof panels - up to 40' long and 12' tall. They are highly efficient with siding, windows and doors already pre-installed in our factory. We then ship you the exterior shell kit. This includes everything you need to complete the exterior of the home: BIG, high performance, super insulated wall and roof panels, with siding, windows, and rigid foam insulation all pre-installed from the factory. These panels come up to 40' long and 12' tall. In addition, we ship all pre-built interior framed walls. When the shell kit is assembled, the home looks completed from the outside and all interior walls are completed. We can also send our crews to assemble the home onsite so it's completed with siding, roofing, windows, doors, etc. - in just a few days!
STEP 4: ONSITE CONTRACTRORS COMPLETE THEIR WORK.
After the shell kit is assembled, local subcontractors complete the electrical, plumbing, HVAC, and drywall.
These items are not part of the kit and labor and materials are provided by local sub-contractors. These items usually need to be done by licensed professionals in your state. The subcontractors generally install their own products so they can warranty their work.
STEP 5: FINISH KIT SHIPPED AND COMPLETED.
After the drywall is complete, we ship you the "Finish Kit". This includes everything needed to complete the inside of the home: doors, casing, baseboards, shelving, hardware, cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, light fixtures, tile, flooring, etc. This dramatically speeds up the finishing process because everything you need to finish the interior of the home is provided in a logical order.
THE FINAL STEP: GET THE OCCUPANCY PERMIT AND MOVE IN.
You get a modern, highly efficient new home that is considered no different than any other site-built home by lenders, appraisers, building inspectors, etc. The home is built to the same building codes and with the same building materials as any other site-built home (only faster and better). In addition, you get a precision-built, highly efficient home that is built up to 4x as fast and with much less hassle and stress.
BUILDING SCIENCE METHODOLOGY
We utilize a number of different building science methods and techniques so that you get a better built, healthier, more energy efficient home – built much faster.
A HEALTHIER HOME: A common phrase in the building science community is, "insulate tight and ventilate right". We utilize Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRV's), coupled with whole house, HEPA filtration systems to achieve this.
WHOLE HOUSE HEPA FILTRATION UNITS ensure healthy indoor air quality. These units are effective at removing particles down to .3 microns and larger. They collect dust, mold, spores and viruses. HEPA filters are the #1 choice of physicians and are often used in hospital operating rooms where clean air environments are required.
ENERGY AND HEAT RECOVERY VENTILATORS (HRV's / ERV'S) are an energy efficient way to achieve, healthy, fresh air in a super insulated home. They exhaust the stale, humid air and bring in fresh outside air to keep your home fresh and healthy.
SUSTAINABLE: Our production method in a controlled environment reduces construction waste by up to 80% over standard built homes. In addition, lower utility bills over the live of the home reduces carbon emissions.
BETTER BUILT: A pre-fab home is built to a higher degree of accuracy. They are built to stricter tolerances and are more energy efficient. In addition, because factory built components are built to withstand shipping, they are generally built stronger than site built homes. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, "There are tremendous benefits to building parts of the home in a controlled facility. Materials are protected from the weather and used in a more efficient manner."
BUILT FAST: Our kit homes are completed much faster then site built homes. Total construction time should be less then 90 days.