What the heck is “rough-in dry-in”?
This term, AKA the “dry box” refers to building your foundation, frame, doors, windows, exterior siding and complete roof system. Most of our clients do this and then live in the home while they finish off the homes interior, ie plumbing and electrical, interior wall sheeting (drywall or other), countertops, cabinets, flooring etc. This is an austerity to be sure, but most of our customers cannot afford to rent another home while building, it is a hassle getting a flexible lease agreement and it costs money. Before moving into your unfinished dry box, we recommend that you install cesspool or septic tank, plumb in toilet and 1-2 sinks, and hook up electrical power via grid or PV/wind power system. You can do the dry box for a very reasonable price and finish off your home as money is available. You can do this without the bank lending you money if you are focused and disciplined, and have a relatively small amt of money on hand to do the dry box. For those who are not disciplined, owning your own home in this harsh lending climate may never happen. We are here to walk you through the entire process one step at a time, at an incredibly reasonable cost, with total accountability and transparency. We work with clients financing their home, as well as those doing things In phases with cash.
We are offering an incredibly special labor rate starting at $8.45 per sq ft!
Here is the breakdown for each type of structure:
PLEASE NOTE!- Your actual labor costs may be higher. The reasons why it COULD be higher- 1. Your location is far from our team's location 2. If we have to work off of a generator 3. If the square footage of your home is tiny 4. Your home’s design is unusually complex, has skylights to install, many doors and windows etc. 5. You have no one on-site to guard materials, in which case we require many smaller deliveries so we leave virtually nothing on-site to steal.
Rest assured, we will do our very best to keep your costs down. No one in the industry that we know of is more honest, efficient and transparent as we are.
To put this into dollars and cents, our 554 sq ft Lava Runner home dry box can be built for a total labor cost of only $5235.30 (assuming you are not far away from our bldg team or other things listed clearly above in the brownish-red text) for post and pier foundation with wood frame. Materials would run about $9000., so for only $14-15k, you can move-in and finish it off as money Is available. That is do able! Steel frame version would be $5789.30 for labor, materials would be about $15-16k. There is of course the cost of the land, grading, plans, permit fees, but doing this at big island bargain land prices is totally possible for most people without borrowing from the bank. (We service all Hawaiian islands, not only the Big Island.) Cost for plans, architect review, cesspool plans and installation of cesspool is approx $3500 depending, septic tank system installed starts from about $6200. depending, so total outlay minus the land comes to about $20k. Land on the big island is as cheap as it ever will be. For $15k, you can buy a decent lot in a decent area. That totals $35k. If your land is $25k, which puts you in a really nice area, the total is $45k. Total cost of our 554 sq ft lava runner with finished interior etc is about $50k, and you can do it in phases. Or design an entirely different home that fits you perfectly. We charge nothing to design your custom home, office, workshop or other structure. Another service that is free to our clients is really sound advice on what areas are your best value, which property is safest for you, and how to do business on every island successfully. We feel that this kind of personal service is critically important to anyone building in Hawaii. Our goal is your complete happiness, not slamming an innocent person into a situation that does not work for them. You will not find a better company to work with. You can schedule a free consultation on the phone or in person by emailing or calling us.