HAWAII HOUSE KITS House kits are a popular way to build houses in Hawaii as they solve many of the construction issues unique to Hawaii. One of the problems when building a house in Hawaii is that key structural components and hardware shipped in from the mainland are hard to replace if they get broken or were missing from the primary shipping container. We met an owner builder who had a house kit shipped from Seattle in a Matson box. He calculated that it would save him $8000 over a kit bought in Hawaii. During construction, a key roof truss was damaged. The house construction was delayed 6 weeks while a replacement component was trucked from a lumber mill in Seattle, put into a container (all by itself), then shipped to Hawaii. Another challenge of building in Hawaii is getting skilled construction workers. Security is a serious issue when building a house in Hawaii as theft of construction materials is very common. If you decide to build, then finding a great contractor is critical.
ZenKaya - Contemporary, Modern and Affordable Prefab - Zenkaya O Michelle Kaufmann Studio Prefab is Not the Answer to Affordable, Modern, and Green Homes This article was authored by guest Chad Ludeman of Postgreen Homes. Prefab homes seem to be showing up more and more in the media these days, especially with two large exhibits in Philadelphia showcasing their history this year. Like many, I hoped that prefab would be the answer to bringing modern architecture to the masses in the US and beyond. I thought that finally, modern home design would be attainable by those of us who aren’t pulling in lofty six figure incomes. That was until I conducted extensive research into the possibility of starting a development company in Philadelphia using only prefab homes. Don’t get me wrong, I love prefab and many of the firms out there with cutting edge designs in the prefab realm. Below we will look at this issue from two points of view. Prefab’s Claims to Greatness There are a variety of claims made by prefab proponents to support the idea that this method of home delivery is the best way to provide modern architecture to the masses. They are:
The R1 Residential by Grace Street The r1 Residential: 2,000ish sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2 story green, modern house. Click here to view the first floor and second floor pdfs. Click here to see dimensions and layout of the R1 Residential with The R1 addition. Click here to see dimensions and layout of The R1 Residential with The R1 garage. Statement: We want a green, modern, gorgeous, affordable house. I approached 3 North to work on The R1 Residential as they specialize in small spaces. Let's talk about this two story design. Check out the partitions in the dining area. The R1 Residential also has NEW ADD ONs... 1st floor: 1196 s.f. 2nd floor: 832 s.f. So what DO you get? Each SIPs house kit is fabricated by the plant closest to you geographically. The Wall and Roof Packages are SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) which provides great insulation. Note: If you need higher R-values, we can adjust our panels accordingly: 4 5/8” -- R-Value 15 6 5/8” – R-Value 24 8 3/8” – R-Value 31 10 7/16” – R-Value 39 12 7/16” – R-Value 47
pieceHomes: modular modern homes by Davis Studio Architecture + Design Homes | Custom Prefab Green Homes │ mkDesigns 3-4 bedrooms + additional pods3 baths1 level56' x 54'starting at $635,000optional pod $155,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2-2.5 baths1 level57' x 39' - 6"starting at $350,000 3 bedrooms2 baths1 level60' x 36' | 71' x 40'starting at $465,000+ 2-3 bedrooms2 baths1 level57' x 20' - 6"$285,000+ 2 bedrooms + additional pods2 bathrooms1 level36' x 64' - 6"starting at $465,000optional pod $155,000+ 2-4 bedrooms3 baths2 levels48' x 20' footprintstarting at $446,000 3-4 bedrooms2.5-3 baths2 levels64'10" x 40'starting at $665,000 studio to 2 bedrooms1 bath1 level18'6" x 25' | 18'6" x 37' | 18'6" x 49'starting at $155,000 for full home 2 cars + storageL-Series | W-Series | S-Series | Carport22'x26' | 26'x22' | 26'8"x22'8" | 24'x24'6"garage starts at $45,500carport starts at $30000
hawaii home+REMODELING: A Whole New Plan What if you could own a home designed by a reputable architect, using quality materials, overseen every step of the way by a skilled architecture or design/build firm — all at a great value and in a short time-frame? It’s not the stuff of dreams. Thanks to a few innovative companies in Hawaii, this scenario has become a reality. These four design/build and architecture firms have been working for years to find ways to increase the quality of Hawaii’s homes through design, construction and material choices, while controlling the cost of building. Karl Mench, owner of design/build firm Concept 2 Completion, calls his newest program, C2C Homes, “a new delivery system for homebuilding.” How it Works: Potential homeowners visit c2c-homes.com and browse the gallery of predesigned home plans (see examples, this page and next). How You Save: “When you compare this to building a complete custom home, there will be two areas where you’ll really start saving,” says Mench. Key Features: Key Features:
Cargotecture Logical Homes Welcome to Logical Homes Fifty years ago it was assumed that by now we would all be living in space stations high above the earth. Yet the future didn't quite work out that way. Most of us live on terra firma in homes that (in the rich western world) are built pretty much the same way as those constructed fifty years ago: by people standing out in the sun hammering wood together. At Logical Homes we strive to design homes that are appropriate for the era we live in. We believe that the options available to progressive homebuyers are limited and we have chosen to do something about it.