There are many factors affecting your cost and timeline to build. Here we break down the common buckets for home cost and overall project costs, and also timeframes for common milestones. We start projects with these parameters and adapt to your specific considerations and constraints as your project unfolds.
The budget for the home itself includes the cost of labor to construct the foundation system and assemble the FabCab shell materials. It also includes builder materials and equipment. The shell materials for your TimberCab or ModCab home are flat-packed and shipped to your building site, ready for assembly. FabCab also specifies interior finishes – some clients choose their own, so our level of involvement varies.
Illustration 1. Home budget.
Clockwise from upper right: construction costs include cost of labor to assemble the FabCab shell materials and everything else needed to complete the home; FabCab shell materials for your ModCab or TimberCab home and freight to your building site; interior finishes (e.g., countertops, cabinetry.)
Overall project budget
Your overall budget will include work items separate from the home itself. If your land is raw, the builder may need to remove foliage/boulders before installing utilities, well/water, and sewer/septic. Additional items include home improvements and site improvements. Your home’s foundation system will depend on land topography and environmental conditions. Working with the structural engineer, we design the optimal system for your home. The estimated costs for labor, builder materials, and equipment for these items will come from your builder.
Illustration 2. Overall Project Budget.
Clockwise from upper right: construction cost for site preparation, utilities, water, sewer/septic, foundation system, assembly of FabCab shell materials, and everything else needed to complete your home; home and site improvements (solar panels, garage/carport/driveway, landscape, hardscape, patios, decks, etc.); land (already own or actively searching); FabCab shell materials manufactured and shipped to your site; FabCab professional design services; other services (permits, consultants, property and topography surveys).
Illustration 3. Costs outside of the home itself.
(a) site preparation (removing foliage or boulders); (b) home improvements (solar panels, garage/carport/driveway); (c) site improvements (landscaping/hardscaping, decks/patios).
Illustration 4. Foundation systems.
(a) slab-on-grade may be sufficient for a relatively level parcel; (b) a crawl space may be required; or (c) a post-and pier may be required for sloped land.
Most projects last 18-24 months, roughly half and half for design/permitting/fabrication and construction.
Illustration 5.Project timeline.
Various milestones from onboarding, design/engineering, permitting, materials fabrication, site preparation, shell assembly, exterior and interior finishes, and FabCab consultation throughout project.