FAQs

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

What’s the main difference between ModCab and TimberCab?
Our ModCab series emphasizes airy, light-filled spaces and pared down materiality to create a clean, modern aesthetic. Our TimberCab series celebrates exposed posts, beams, and rafters, producing a modern and fresh timber frame home with a breath-taking window wall. 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.

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 provides 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 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.

Can I add a second story?
Yes, we can design multi-story homes.

What is the process and pricing for customizing designs?
Working from a pre-design, we collaborate with you to create the perfect layout for your needs. FabCab offers comprehensive design services, including pre-design, schematic design, design development, construction documents, and construction observation.  Design fees are separate from the home component package cost.  Professional design and engineering services proceed hourly and are generally $30,000 to $70,000 overall.

What are FabCab’s payment terms?
A non-refundable $5,000 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 to 1/2 of the home component package cost is due upon contract order, and the remaining 1/2 to 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 will it cost to build a FabCab?
Many factors affect your home’s cost (e.g., foundation type, engineering requirements, level of finish, and local cost of labor).  Recently, ModCabs cost $300 – and higher per sq. ft.; TimberCabs cost $350 – and higher per sq. ft.  Site preparation, utilities, and soft costs are separate.    

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 to three 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.

Is it possible just to purchase an exterior shell that we can finish off ourselves?
Yes, this is possible, in conjunction with design services. Contact us for details.

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. Note: presently we are practicing social distancing. In lieu of in-person office visits, we are offering phone visits and tele-conference meetings (e.g., Zoom). 

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.

Is FabCab a maker of modular homes?
We are not. Our homes are site-assembled by professional builders using our prefabricated building system. FabCab provides the shell materials for your home and arranges the shipment(s) to your build site.   

Do you have a model home we can visit?
We rely on the graciousness of our past clients who make the effort of opening their homes to folks committed to building. We make every effort to meet potential clients where they are in the process, while also acknowledging that FabCab homeowners will spend time and effort in making their home presentable for visitors. In some cases, builders can arrange tours during construction. If you find yourself strongly leaning toward us and are ready to take the next step toward working with the team, please let us know and we can reach out to homeowners and builders to assess feasibility of a visit.

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