The Top 3 Tips for Building Your Kit Home, Part 1: Set a Realistic Budget

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As we rapidly approach the end of the 2020 building season, we wanted to give a jump-start to those who are looking to start the process in order to build in 2021. This is the first of three posts addressing the issues of Setting a Realistic Budget, Getting (and Staying) Organized, and Planning for the Future.

This post will focus on the foundational aspect of setting a realistic budget. If you go into this process with an idealistic budget (or no budget at all), you are setting yourself up for additional stress and strain on top of an already stressful, complicated process. Below are some helpful hints and tips, as well as some resources.

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Save Time to Save Money

time is moneyIn February 2020 the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released their report on the significant problems home builders faced in 2019 and expect to face in 2020. Topping both lists was the “Cost/availability of labor.” This concern beat out “Building material prices” and “Cost/availability of developed lots” by a wide margin. This was the case both nationally and in California. Home builders faced shortages of labor and higher costs to maintain their work force.

And then COVID hit.

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Of Woodchucks and Houses


How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck worked at PMHI?

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Staying On Top of Energy Efficiency


Energy Efficiency, Title 24, and CalGREEN are all key components for your building project. At PMHI we pride ourselves in considering everything when helping you build your dream home or ADU. We asked our preferred Title 24 Energy Compliance partner and Certified Energy Analyst, Dave Morgan from Red Tape Express, what an owner-builder might need to know about some of the new regulations relating to energy efficiency standards and practices.

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Factory Tours Postponed...For Now

Here at PMHI we are proud of what we do. In fact, we are so proud of our people, process, and product that we love to take our clients on tours of our manufacturing facility.

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We Are Still Building!

There has been a lot of talk lately about how and when to re-open in the wake of COVID-19. Since Construction was deemed “Essential”, PMHI has stayed open, working hard for our customers and helping them accomplish their goal of building their own home. We are here for you and ready to do what it takes to make your dream home a reality.

There are some key things to remember, not only as the economy re-opens, but also as we consider the effects of COVID-19 on our economy and the way we do business.

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PMHI Rebuilding Paradise


Versatility may not be what you think of when you hear "panelized kit home."  However, as the video shows, PMHI Pre-Engineered homes are good for more than the owner-builder.

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