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...

"An Extremely Positive Experience"

We have had the pleasure of knowing Mike and Judy Flanagan since 2001. We met at an Open House for their business, Cedar Homes of Washington. We were looking at cabin packages to build a retreat in the mountains for our family. Their openness, friendliness and willingness to help is genuine. We never felt any pressure to give a commitment. The fact that the home they live in is a product they built themselves from a kit is a positive statement that they know the design and build process - have been through it - and know first hand about long term maintenance, etc. for these type of structures.

The summer of 2004, we had a contractor build the shell of our cabin and it was an extremely positive experience. There have been minor issues that have come up during the building process, such as shortages for hardware. Mike and Judy have always promptly returned phone calls and remedied the situation in short order. We cannot think of a way that they could improve the way they conduct their business or improve their customer service.

-- Jim and Susannah Lake