How to Save Money When You Build

Design for Efficiency

  • Stacking bathrooms will cut down on plumbing costs.
  • Keep the foundation simple to save on concrete.
  • User larger overhangs to protect walls and windows. This will cut down on maintenance costs.
  • It’s cheaper to build up than out. Include a basement for less expensive square footage.

Consider Project Managing

You can save thousands of dollars by organizing your own project and selecting your own sub contractors. Our project manager program includes organizational tools, personalized building timeline, subcontractor and homeowner references.

Be Aware of Property Issues

Property issues can generate more paperwork for you and the building department. More paperwork generally translates into more fees for the homeowner. A few common issues to watch out for are:

  • Steep slopes
  • Wetlands and shoreline
  • Easements

Save on Mitigation Fees

Some jurisdictions assess road and school mitigation fees on unimproved property. If you haven’t yet bought property, consider a lot with an old mobile home on it. The property already has a driveway, septic and water - and is not considered “unimproved”. Many of our homeowners will buy the old mobile home, build their new cedar home – and then have the mobile hauled away.


What Our Clients Are Saying...

"Mike & Judy Always Go the Extra Mile!"

I am writing this letter to let you know how wonderful it has been to work with Judy and Mike Flanagan on my cedar home. Mike and Judy were so nice and very generous with their time. After a complete tour (of their home) they explained the kiln drying process and unique way in which their homes are constructed. They lent me blueprints to study. They also gave me the names and numbers of other people to visit. I went to at least 8 of their customer's homes during the next few months. Mike and Judy's design experience was invaluable. They were very patient as I made revisions and I appreciated their many creative yet practical suggestions. They came out to my site on many occasions and helped me wrestle with the building and health departments. I couldn't have gotten my permits without them! Mike and Judy always go the extra mile!

-- Diane Weibling