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...

"Very Impressed"

Mike and Judy put together a package for us including getting the drawings and plans prepared and getting all of the materials put together. The drawings and plans were spot on and the City of Newcastle had very little to comment on before approving them. The materials package was estimated just right. The materials were top notch. Our builder was very impressed by how well the materials package was thought through and put together - so were we. Every step of the way, we were given advice that we later found to be on the mark. Cedar Homes of Washington's involvement in our project technically could have ended as soon as the materials package was delivered. Nevertheless, Mike and Judy continued to check in on us all the way through the end of the project. We enjoyed working with Mike and Judy and wholeheartedly recommend them to others.

--Taro and Nami Kusunose