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Frequently Asked Questions about

Panelized Home Packages

We have tried to anticipate common building questions you might have and to provide answers here.  If you need additional information about our framing packages for custom homes please send an e-mail to North Coast Packaged Homes or call 707 328-3192.

1.  What does North Coast Packaged Homes do?
    North Coast Packaged Homes supplies panelized custom home framing packages for the DIY Owner/Builder or Contractor either from our pre-engineered plans or plans from an architect.  These precut packages are quality panelized home framing built in a controlled factory environment.
    We can assist you in all of thepreliminary phases of your project.  We can offer referrals for real estate and financing options.  We can help you with your floor plans and construction drawings.  In addition we can guide you through the permit process and provide referral to a general contractor for the erection of your custom home in most areas.

2.  What is a "packaged" or "panelized" or "pre-cut" home?
     Our packages are a traditionally framed custom home.  A packaged home is the framing for a stick built home that is built off-site, transported to the site and erected on a previously built foundation.  The wall sections are built in a factory enviornment allowing for better quality control and less waste.  Standard building practices and current Building Codes are followed.  A packaged home is not a modular or manufactured home.  We do manufacture/pre-frame the wall sections and roof trusses in a factory environment allowing for increased quality and a shorter construction time on your site.

3.  What is the difference between a packaged home and a contractor built home?
    There is no difference between a contractor built home and a pre-cut home or packaged home in terms of the construction process.  There is a difference in that a panelized packaged home is built in a factory environment with all of the framing cut the same and all of the nailing done the same.  The assembly line process guarantees consistency in the product and uses the best available materials.  Your home panels and roof trusses arrive dry as a result and there is little or no shrinkage.  This method of construction reduces jobsite waste.

4.  What are the benefits of using a framing package?
     A prefab home kit or panel home kit is the most cost effective method of custom construction whether using a general contractor or acting as a DIY owner/builder.  You may do some or all of the work, or hire sub-contractors directly to keep your building costs down.  Since the wall panels and roof trusses are constructed in a controlled environment, you have a higher quality of building and less job waste.  Panelized wall framing allows for a shorter construction time frame and reduces the downtime from inclement weather.

5.  What do the packages include?
    The packages include the exterior walls with the structural sheathing nailed and the windows installed, interior framed walls, engineered roof trusses, roof sheathing, second floor joists and sheathing.  A detailed specification for each project will be provided detailing what is included in the package depending on the design of the pre-engineered plan or custom home design.

6.  May I make changes to the pre-engineered plans or may I design my own plan?
    Our pre-engineered plans can have revisions and modifications.  Please contact us to discuss the changes you are interested in making and we will verify the feasibility of the changes with our draftsperson and engineer.  If you would rather create your own plan, we offer drafting and engineering services.  Many of the homes we deliver are unique custom designed homes and a respresentative from North Coast Packaged Homes will be happy to help you with your project.  If you have plans already, we can provide you with a quote for a panelized home framing package from your plans.

7.  What does it cost to complete the construction of these houses?
    Construction costs vary depending on the contractor, the area you are building in, the amount of work which you can complete yourself or sub-contract and the fiinish materials you choose.  The cost if one acts as an DIY owner/contractor utilizing sub-contractors is approximately $375 to $450 per square foot for modest finishes depending on the area you are building in.   (The cost of finishing your home depends on the labor costs of the area you live in and the finishes you choose.)  If you use a General Contractor their fee will be in addition. This price does NOT include the cost of the lot or property development such as grading, utilities, driveway and permits/professional fees.  There is a slightly higher cost for sloped sites, sites requiring special foundations or sites with difficult access. Different areas also have different planning and building code requirements that can add to the overall cost of construction.

8.  What are the tax and freight costs?
    There is sales tax on the value of the package.  Freight will be calculated and included in the final price depending on the location of the jobsite and the number of trucks necessary for the delivery based on the size of the home package.  

9.  Can you deliver to my area?
    Yes, we can deliver to anywhere in California or nearby areas.  The framing package will be built to your local building codes.  A member of our staff will evaluate your delivery to help make arrangements for a smooth delivery.

10. How much will my permits cost?
    Permit fees vary by county and parcel number.  You may contract your local building department for the county you are building in, provide your address or assessor's parcel number and they can provide you with the necessary information.  You may need to contact other agencies to obtain sewer and water hook-up fees and school, road and fire department fees.  Please contact for a form to assist you asking all of the right questions.

11. Can you help me with the financing?
     To make your home building project easier we offer referrals to qualified loan consultants.  Our consultants can help you with a construction loan or a home equity loan and permanent financing.

12. How long does it take for the home package to be delivered?
    First, for pre-engineered plans you contract for the plans to be drawn specifically for your site.  (Please contact us for the price of the plans and package which depends on whether you are using one of our pre-engineered plans, a modified version or custom plans of your own design.)  Plans take generally 6 to 10 weeks depending on the season and modifications for the pre-engineered plans and 12 to 14 weeks for custom plans.
    Once you have your fully engineered wet-stamped plans either from us or your architect you may submit these plans along with your site plan, Title 24 and sprinkler plan  to your local building department.  The length of time for plan check varies from one building department to the next.  Additionally, each department has different requirements for submittal and it is best to check early to see what your local department requires.
    While your home is in for plan check, we can begin to talk about a date for the delivery of your panelized home package allowing time for your foundation and if a perimeter foundation the sub-floor to be completed.  Typically we need approximately 6 to 8 weeks lead time for the delivery of the package depending on the season.

13. Do you have contractors to put your packages up?
     The pre-engineered packages are designed for simplicity with the DIY Owner/Contractor in mind.  The panel plans are very clear.  Many of our packages have been erected by the purchaser with the assistance of one person with framing experience.  Additionally, any framing contractor or general contractor will be able to erect the framing package.

14. How long does it take to put one of these houses up?

    Typically for an average one story 2000 square foot house, the wall package can be erected in a matter of days.  The estimated completion time from foundation to move in is about 4 months.  Needless to say, this time frame can vary tremendously depending on the experience of the builder and whether or not this is a full-time job or just a weekend project.

"What is a packaged, panelized, pre-cut or kit home or building?"

It is standard stick framing built in a factory, packaged and shipped in easily erected cost effective wall panels rather than built on the job site.  It is not modular construction or a manufactured home.  Panelized kit homes are the future of construction.

   -  Higher quality than on site framing

     -  Reduced need for on-site construction labor

     -  Time savings results in cost savings

     -  Cleaner job site provides a safer work environment

     -  Reduced downtime for inclement weather

     -  Standard pre-engineered plans or complete design flexibility

     -  Perfect for the Owner/Builder, DIY Home Builder or Contractor

Our home building kits save time and money.

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