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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??


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


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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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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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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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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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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!

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