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...

"Friendly, Honest"

In 1986 we were searching for a way to build our dream home on the Olympic Penninsula. Our search included many local companies selling log home kits as well as companies across the U.S. There are many aspects of their homes that put them in lead contention among their competitors. However, what convinced us to buy our cedar home was the contact we made with Judy and Mike Flanagan. Their friendly, honest approach was just what we needed. To us it was daunting to mesh our dreams with the reality of materials and construction, but Mike and Judy got us through it.

-- Dave and Ruthe Rugh

Note: The Rughs have added two additions to their original rambler style home.