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Building small home from a 'kit' or from scratch?

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Posted by: from Peterborough
2/6/2020 at 10:58:33 AM

Hi, I'm planning to build a small and inexpensive home and have been looking at many options. I know you can go full-on prefab with the whole house built in factory and delivered to you and placed on foundation. I've also seen companies that offer kits that are delivered and you assemble on site...some just materials, some with pre-fab wall sections and so on. On the other hand, of course, you could just hire a builder who does it all from scratch.

Can anyone who is 'in the know' tell me anything that might help me decide among these options? I live in Canada so insulation and energy efficiency are very important, as is budget. Thanks so much!

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Date/Time2/6/2020 at 12:56:29 PM

Kathryn, I live in Alberta and built my rural house about twelve years ago. Granted, I have some experience but, at the time I was just an average handy type person. I considered the options and did the kit. (sort of) My package included all the walls and roofing (trusses, and sheathing) but all other items were for me to choose. That provided me with an open mind about colours, quality of material, and ability to make changes as I (we) saw fit. Hiring a builder is fine ... if you know exactly what you want, but if you want to have options,and the time, I'd suggest the kit idea. Good luck and have some fun.

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