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...

"Hardworking, Honest People"

Once we began searching for waterfront property to build on, we immediately discovered we needed to find someone who could guide us with the design and help us with the details of building the home of our dreams. This was when we found Mike and Judy Flanagan of Cedar Homes of Washington. They were invaluable resources for every part of the design phase, helping with suggestions and guidance as we started on our plans. All along the way, through every part of the process they communicated, reassured and celebrated with us as we settled on what our cedar home would be…and went well beyond what was expected. Our delivery was scheduled and the home package was delivered to our home site. Mike and Judy participated in every detail, actually working on-site with truck drivers, assisting with the unloading and doing an inventory of all delivered product. They were very eager to assist our contractor (new to building a Pan Abode home) with questions he had…offering suggestions / comments from their many years in the industry. We highly recommend Judy and Mike of Cedar Homes of Washington to anyone undertaking a home building project. They are hardworking, honest people who stand by the product they represent.

--Bruce and Teresa Westcoat