Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs Need to Know FAQ

Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs Need to Know



Q: Cedar Homes – What is a kit home package and how does Custom Homes by Cedar Designs differ from other competitors?

A: A cedar kit home is meant to package all the necessary precut materials needed to build your enclosed structure without having to worry about buying each piece individually. Each area of your custom house is manufactured, precut for easy construction, and panelizes the exterior walls systems as an option.

The custom home package offered is one of the most comprehensive kits available in the industry right down to the windows, doors, roofing, clips, nails, caulking, and adhesives.

Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs, also stands out above the rest by offering top quality, kiln dried, precut and panelized framing materials with quality specifications, such as their 15″ rafters and laminated glulam beams, and select grade Canadian Western Red Cedar. Window selections include vinyl, vinyl with wood jams, wood case, wood case/metal clad from the largest window and door manufacturer in North America.

Buying a Design and Material Home Package

We represent and build five different product lines, ranging from traditional styles, timber frame, to log homes. Log homes can be built in full-round, D-profile (round on the outside, flat on the inside) and other profiles. Our homes are designed as post and beam home construction.

Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs offers over 400 different cedar home designs which can all be customized to suit individual budgets and tastes. Prices range from under $40,000 to over $220,000. Each home package includes design, detailed construction drawings and all the material required to build the structure and weather-tight exterior finishing of the home. We can also create a unique home package based on your own design.

Q: What are the Advantages of Using a Design and Material Home Package?

One-Stop Solution

A: The contents have been developed over thousands of successful projects to give you the best and most affordable way to build any type of custom home. Design, detailed construction drawings, technical assistance and all the materials required to build the structure of the home are included. Choose one our network of local builders or use your own to construct the home to either the lock-up stage or full turnkey.

Faster Build Time

The time taken will depend on how fast you make decisions about your design and the materials you want. We can always deliver materials by the time they are needed on site because they can be manufactured and shipped while you are clearing the land and getting foundations in place. Time saved is also money saved and there is no faster way to build a custom home.

Q: How do I Create the Best Design for My Property?

Complete Design Flexibility

A: All our existing designs can be changed to meet the needs of individual homeowners and their property. You can make the design smaller or larger, change the exterior look and interior floor plan or add a basement of loft. Nearly all our customers take advantage of our complete design flexibility to get the home of their dreams.


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Q: What Material Choices Do I Have?

Extensive Range of Materials

A: You can fully customize your home by choosing from thousands of different products. These are all carefully selected by our in-house experts to give you the best combination of appearance, performance and value for money. The quality of our lumber and other building materials is renowned. Using the materials in our home package gives you a better looking and better built home.

Q: What is post and beam construction and why is it so desirable?

A: Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs relies upon Post and Beam architecture and construction to support the weight of the roof instead of conventional trussed, stick house construction. It can also be combined with conventional construction for cost and design efficiency. This engineering system allows you to design your dream home with as much open space areas as desired without the interior wall supports that would ordinarily be needed, obstructing the view and limiting the open effect.

Q: Can I design my own cedar home, or must Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs plans be used?

A: Cedar Designs can help you design that custom dream home you have always wanted. We encourage the use of your own custom designs and plans and do not charge extra for them. Submit competitor’s designs or choose from ideas from our variety of plan books, a combined selection of over 400 building plans. We find that most of our customers will find the perfect design in the plan books, on our website and modify the floor plan, dimensions, and square footage to meet their needs.

Q: What is so special about Western Red Cedar?

A: Western Red Cedar is recognized for its superior qualities outdoors. It is pitch free, fine grained, and has natural preservative oils, which allows it to resist cracking, splitting, shrinking, rotting, and insect molestation including termites. Western Red Cedar is graded by quality; number 1, number 2, premium, and select grades. We use only select grade Western Red Cedar, which is the highest quality, graded for its uniformity, beautiful grains, varied color, natural oil extraction, and clear or tight knot features.

Q: What is the cost of building such a quality home?

A: This will depend on the type of construction, size, design complexity and quality of finishing of the home you want. The location and nature of the property can also make a big difference. For these reasons using a rough dollars per square foot approach for budgeting is not a good idea. We can help you determine a realistic building budget based on the design you want and the specific details of your project.

Construction Savings

On average we find that our customers save about $5 to $10 per square foot on the total cost of building the home. For more complex homes on challenging sites the savings can be much higher. Making sure the design is what you want and is best suited to the property before construction work starts can save a lot of money and stress.

To provide you a base price point you can use to project a price, the average Post and Beam home kit (blueprints included) costs between $65-$85 per sq. ft. The cost of construction, including the kit, will vary by area, state and country, but many of our owner/builders (one who does his own contracting) can finish the full construction for an additional $200-$250 per sq. ft. It is important to take into consideration the construction cost index for your specific area of your state.

Q: How can I get additional information on the Cedar Homes by Cedar Designs custom cedar homes? 

Feel free to give us a call, we’re happy to help…1 (800) 728-4474