FAQ

“Do you ship to my state/province?" +

Yes.  Our Pacific Northwest manufacturer can ship building packages anywhere in the US and Canada.  Shipping costs are included in package price and increase with distance from manufacturing facility.

“Can your structural engineer work in my city/town?” +

Our consulting structural engineer works in 36 states and 6 Canadian provinces (see list below).  If your project is not in one of these areas, you would have to find one licensed to operate in your area.

United States
  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho     
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
Canada
  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan
  • Yukon
“Can I make design changes?” +

Yes. Minor changes like adding or removing windows or doors can be made. Design, drafting and/or engineering time required to execute changes will be billed on an hourly basis.

“Can I return building plans if I discover I can’t build or decide not to build?” +

Unfortunately not. Our BUILD PROCESS page provides a step by step outline that will guide you through research required to determine if your proposed project is allowed in your jurisdiction. We highly recommend you work through this process before submitting an order.

“Is it possible to change exterior colors and materials shown on website?” +

Yes.  During the ordering process, you can select from our BUILDING KIT MATERIALS page.

“How much do your building kits cost?” +

Exterior shell kits start at $79 per square foot. Costs are affected by building design and material and finish choices. They’re also affected by building material price fluctuations caused by increased/decreased supply/demand.

“How much do they cost to build?” +
Answer ultimately depends on where your building and who’s doing the site work (i.e. local labor costs).  Finished costs generally run between 2 and 3x kit costs.
“Do I need a building permit?” +
Any structure built in Canada or the US intended for human habitation requires a building permit and subsequent inspections.
“How long does it take for building plans to arrive?” +
If there are no changes, 5-6 weeks.
“How long does the building kit ordering process take?” +
Approximately 4 months.  Increased seasonal demand and labor and material shortages can affect this estimate.  
“Which foundation system right for my location?” +

Your local building department will have information regarding frost depth and prescribed soil bearing pressure.  In some cases, a site specific soils report may be required to determine the best approach.  See FOUNDATION SYSTEM page for more information.

“Do I need a structural engineer?” +
Yes.  Any structure built in Canada or the US intended for human habitation requires a structural engineer licensed to operate in your jurisdiction design and stamp structural drawings and calculations.
“What’s included in the building plans package?” +
  • Floor plan(s)
  • Exterior elevations
  • Building sections and details
  • Interior elevations and details
  • Suggested interior appliance, fixture, material and finish specifications. These items suggestions are not currently available through ECO-HAUS.
  • See COST & WHAT'S INCLUDED page for more information.
Note 1 - Site Plan. Site plan illustrating location of property lines, easements, new and existing structures, drives, walks, utilities, etc. is generally required for permit submittal and construction.  This service is available as part of the 'Permit Package'.  Note 2 - Structural Engineering.  Structural drawings and calculations required for permit submittal and construction are affected by site specific soil bearing capacity, frost depth, snow loads, earthquake zones, wind loads, flood plains, etc.  So structural drawings and calculations prepared for the same building in San Francisco, CA will be different form those prepared for Savana, GA.  With this in mind, structural drawings and calculations are not included in the basic plans package.  Coordination of a structural engineer licensed to practice in the local jurisdiction is part of our 'Permit Package'.  Structural engineering fee is extra.
“What’s included in the permit package?” +
  • Assistance with local building and zoning code research.
  • Assistance with site design using owner furnished property survey prepared by a licensed local land surveyor.
  • Structural design, drawings and calculations required for local building permit submittal and construction outlined above.
  • Site plan for inclusion in permit submittal package.
  • Site specific construction documents package including site plan, building plans and structural plans and calculations.
  • See COST & WHAT'S INCLUDED page for more information.
“What’s included in the building kit?” +
  • Numbered floor and wall panels
  • Roof framing package (numbered trusses, panels or pre-cut framing material)
  • Vapor barrier for roof and exterior walls
  • Floor, wall and roof insulation
  • Roofing and associated flashing and vents
  • Exterior siding (primed or pre-finished)
  • Exterior trim and soffit material
  • Exterior windows, doors and hardware
  • Interior doors and hardware
  • See COST & WHAT'S INCLUDED page for more information.