FAQs

What do FabCab, TimberCab and ModCab mean?
FabCab is our company name and means “Fabulous Cabin.”
TimberCab = “Timberframe Cabin”
ModCab = “Modern Cabin”

Do I need to hire my own architect?
By choosing FabCab, you are choosing us as your architect.  We are licensed, and will handle all necessary design work on your behalf.

What’s the main difference between ModCab and TimberCab?
TimberCab is our classic series constructed of a timberframe covered with structural insulated panels (SIPs) for the walls and roof. ModCab is built with SIPs only.  Both the TimberCab and ModCab series have shed-roofed models.   ModCab models are also available in gable-roofed versions.

How are ModCab and TimberCab the same?
Both ModCab and TimberCab share our design language of open floor plans, cathedral ceilings, eco-friendly materials, universal design, and energy efficiency.  Both series are designed for people of any age and ability to live comfortably and happily.

What is included in your price?
FabCab pricing is for the home package only and does not include delivery, any applicable taxes, permits, site work including foundation, or assembly by a contractor. We do note average turnkey pricing as a reference point for your planning.

Is it possible just to purchase an exterior shell that we can finish off ourselves?
Yes, this is possible. Contact us for details and pricing.

How do I get a building permit to erect a FabCab?
Every jurisdiction has its own process.  As part of the services provided under our design agreement, FabCab can provide drawings ready for you to submit with your application for a building permit.  The engineers with whom we work are licensed in most North American states and provinces.

Who designs the foundation?
FabCab will design an appropriate foundation that responds to your site and your family’s requirements in conjunction with our structural engineering consultants.

Can a FabCab be built over a daylight basement or main level?
Yes. FabCabs may be built over any foundation – slab on grade, crawl space, basement, or piers.

One of your plans looks almost perfect for us, except for one small area. May we make some changes?
Yes.  Most customers find that our plans are very close to their needs, but wish to make some minor plan changes.  We are happy to make small changes under our design agreement.  We can make changes that are more involved under our custom design services agreement.

Can staircases be incorporated into a FabCab?
Yes, we can design in stairs that go up to a higher level, down to a basement, or both.

What is the process involved with altering standard designs, or creating a custom one?
A design deposit is required to initiate work. Design fees are separate from the home component package cost.  Modifying a standard design costs less (pricing could range from $5K to $15K plus permitting fees, depending on the complexity of the changes). A pure custom design will be more, reflecting the greater scale of effort and attention needed (architectural fees would probably be in the range of $15K-$40K, which is about half of a typical architect’s fee for the same scope of work elsewhere). Engineering fees are separate.  Design changes to a standard plan would add a few weeks to the home development process, while a full custom design, as with any custom design, can take several months to finalize.

What are FabCab’s payment terms?
A non-refundable $2,500 project deposit inserts you into our design queue. This deposit is creditable toward later purchase of your home component package. Design and engineering fees are billed separately and periodically, and are payable within 30 days. 1/3 of the home component package cost is due upon contract order, and the remaining 2/3 at the time of shipment. We can coordinate with your financial institution on this.

Okay, we have a design agreement with you and have finalized a design.  What comes next?
We will quote you a price for the components.  It takes a couple of weeks for us to revise our shop drawings according to your changes, submit them to our suppliers for a quote and receive pricing, and prepare a quote for you.   Once you have signed the component package purchase agreement and have made the initial payment, we can place the order to our suppliers to fabricate your FabCab components.

What is the build schedule from time of component package order until the install?
Once your building permit has been approved, your contractor begins work on the site work and foundation. This typically takes a month or two for most projects. While this is going on, once you have signed the components package agreement and have made the initial payment, your structural components are being made.  We will schedule staged deliveries of the major structural components with your builder to arrive after your foundation is ready and to ensure a smooth construction sequence.  A typical FabCab can be ‘closed to weather’ in two weeks, faster than a stick framed home.  The insulation is already installed!  The rest of the build process will go at the speed of conventional construction. Typically a FabCab will be finished a month or two before a stick-framed home of similar size.

Is it possible to visit your office?
Yes.  Feel free to contact us to schedule an in-person consultation at our Seattle office.  We’d love to meet you and learn about your project goals.

Is it possible to visit your factory?
FabCab components are prefabricated to our design and specifications by our suppliers in their own factories.  Each component will arrive on your site separately.  We streamline and simplify the process for you, so that the design and planning process of your home is manageable and predictable. This method saves time during construction, which generally means saving money.

Do you have a model home we can visit?
We rely on the kindness of our homeowners to show FabCabs, and arrangements for site visits can be made by appointment. We have periodic RSVP open houses as well.