What is included with a house kit?
Our kits include all of the materials required to construct a weather tight shell on your foundation: hardware, fasteners, framing, sheathing, siding, sub-floors, roofing, flashing, drip edge and trim, except that windows and doors are not included in the base kit price, but are available as options. All materials are hand selected, carefully cut to precise dimensions and labeled with a part number. We do not cut clapboard, or other horizontal siding. An illustrated Construction Manual describes each step, from the construction of a foundation to the installation of the roof, all in simple, easy-to-understand language. Options include skylights, stairs, dormers, higher ceilings, loft floor openings and our double-stud wall framing system to allow for more insulation. We do not include any interior materials, except sub-floors.
What materials are used?
A variety of high quality materials are used to complete the shell; these are listed on the House Specifications page.
What kind of foundation is required?
The foundation can consist of a series of concrete piers, a continuous concrete wall with a crawl space or full basement, or a concrete slab. A pier foundation has a minimal impact on the site and usually does not require the use of heavy equipment: hand tools can be used to dig holes and construct the concrete piers. A plan for your specific foundation is provided well in advance of your kit delivery. See the House Specifications page.
How long will it take to assemble?
A 24'x24' house can typically be assembled by two people in about 15 days. No cranes, lifts or power tools are typically required.
Will a house kit meet building codes?
Our house kits meet the latest International Building Code, as well as local variations of the code. We suggest that you talk with your local building officials about permit requirements, including wind and snow loads for your site. See the House Specifications page for more information. If required by local officials, structural drawings bearing a structural engineer's signature and stamp are available. There is a modest fee for these drawings.
What is the lead-time?
Our lead times are generally from 4-6 weeks, but orders can be expedited. Please contact us for current lead times. Generally, late spring through summer is the most popular time of year to build. Because we produce kits one at a time, our production schedule for these dates is usually filled early.
Are other floor plans available?
You can create your own floor plan to meet your needs, or work from standard floor plans. We will be glad to work with you to create the floor plan that will work best for you.
How is the kit shipped? What about unloading?
The kit is shipped by truck. Generally, we use one of a few private carriers that we have worked with for many years. They guarantee competitive prices and the assurance of a safe, on-time delivery. A shipping quote can be given on request. When the truck arrives at your site, you are responsible for unloading it. If we ship in a closed trailer, four adults should be ready to unload the kit. Depending on your location, we may be able to ship on a flatbed truck or trailer, which can be unloaded with a forklift provided by you. We recommend that you prepare the site well in advance of delivery, with materials upon which to stack the kit and tarps to protect it during assembly. With a little preparation and a willingness to work, most kits can be unloaded and stacked by hand in about two hours.
Can I buy just the Construction Manuals or plans?
No. Construction Manuals and plans are only available as part of the kit. They describe in detail the assembly of the individual parts that have been manufactured for your specific building.
What is the difference between a Barn-House with a standard frame and one that has a kneewall?
This is explained on the Barn-House kneewall comparison page.