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Hummmm...never heard of these kits, just the "old school" Quonset huts! Yes, Quonset huts do seem to last a very long time and are still standing after the hurricane and flood. They are cheap and easy to put together, very easy. I was curious...the price of these "house kits", who is the certifies electrician, how much does he cost? The licensed plumber? How much does he cost? Does the company provide supplies for a pier and beam foundation or do you have to pay to have a slab poured? If your land does not have water and sewer, the cost to have a septic installed or sewer lines run, and an electric line with a meter and poles, is not "cheap" nor a DIY. The price of these "kits" without the cost to have them built, the interior finish, utilities installed, all the inspections, especially in a timely manner, is not cost effective. By the way, what is the tax on these types of houses? The only real benefit, you know the quality of building supplies, the quality of the work, and what corners you had to cut to get it finished and move in, so you are not paying rent somewhere and all your time and money is going to try to get this built.
We built our custom home using a pre-engineered package delivered to our job site on the north coast of California. It was a huge time and money saving experience. It was conventional framing sent to our job site in convenient panels with the window installed and it went together like a giant lego kit - and just as perfect and airtight.
The other thing which we liked about our package was that it was a clean slate in that it was just the shell and we got to chose all of our own finishes. We had talked to another company but they sent everything and many of the finishes they chose we did not like. This was the perfect solution for us and we also felt we had chosen a greener way to build.