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AlohaDave
malihini

81 Posts

Posted - 02/02/2018 :  14:56:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone,

I've read the threads on the "house kit" companies.

1. I'm not impressed with the designs
2. The prices actually seem high for the "shell" versions.

I've actually looked at the Home Depot lumber prices (Hilo) and
from what I see, these companies are not giving you a deal.



So, here's the question:

Are there any local home plan companies who sell blueprints + a material list?

In the past I've used magazines who sell plans that are up to code in all 50 states, they're around $500 to $1000 with a material list and 5 sets of plans.


Anything local??

Dave

Edited by - AlohaDave on 02/02/2018 14:57:37

hoku
Newbie

23 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2018 :  08:50:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Honsador sold me a plan with a material list. Even though they encouraged me to buy my materials through them, they said I was free to shop around. And I was told they can customize a plan as well if not exactly what I was looking for.
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lquade
Punatic

1003 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2018 :  13:52:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
just remember plans have to be stamped by a hawaiian licensed architect. Honsador, HPM, argus, castle block, you could also check with local architects and see if any have plans to sell. but the code is getting ready for yet another update i hear so not sure how that fits in with your time frame... oh, by the way, home depots lumber is pretty much ****. the last house i built i did much better with argus and HPM as far as price and quality.
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Seeb
Punatic

1814 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2018 :  23:07:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Donít try to reinvent the wheel unless you have lived here thru a couple wet seasons. The package house designs have a lot of experience gone in them. Unless you have a specific special need
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microage97
Da Kine

389 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2018 :  12:52:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
and a structural engineer if post and pier or over 1800 sq ft.
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hilodiver
malihini

USA
56 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2018 :  18:19:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I gave my contractor a sketch of what I wanted in a house. He had an architect that put it all together and made it happen! I am happy with my house even though there were a couple minor design flaws. One bathroom did not have a vent. Contractor said it was not required because there was a window! Gotta have the vents to prevent mildew. Also, all my bedroom doors had a pretty huge gap between the doors and the floor. Even if I had thick carpet, the gaps were a little too big. Good for air circulation, but they were just too big!

Aloha!
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Leliu5th
Newbie

USA
35 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2018 :  08:53:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by AlohaDave

Hi everyone,

I've read the threads on the "house kit" companies.

1. I'm not impressed with the designs
2. The prices actually seem high for the "shell" versions.

I've actually looked at the Home Depot lumber prices (Hilo) and
from what I see, these companies are not giving you a deal.



So, here's the question:

Are there any local home plan companies who sell blueprints + a material list?

In the past I've used magazines who sell plans that are up to code in all 50 states, they're around $500 to $1000 with a material list and 5 sets of plans.


Anything local??

Dave


Anything Local??? You have HPM, ARGUS, Honsador in Hilo, pick one! I bought an Argus package, brought in my own plans,tweaked them to my liking and got it approved, paid $$$ for the plans was not too bad, you can make copies too! I have my building permit, plumbing permit, and now starting frame up. I am very happy with my inspector for initial and finals and I am very happy with the prices and my builder. Don't know you or where you are from, but HAWAII is expensive! There are no DEALS! When you do not know the right people, it can be even worse. If you try and do the " California fast or when is it going to be done" type stuff expect to wait even longer. My new home when complete will be worth twice as much on the market. All permitted with custom finishes. Being NICE goes a long way with having lots of PATIENCE. Like I said, I have made the right friends! Been here 10 yrs. Also look around for a nice lot. I am living at a friends house in Leilani Estates, but building elsemwhere and it is noisy and busy. Check the CCR's in your area, We have a screaming peacock and several dump trucks making lots of noise at the end of the road, so choose your lot well, spend the day and part of the night for noise and traffic, just saying!

Aloha and good luck!

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love" RUMI
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