Hi-Tech Housing’s unique expertise and capability in custom construction go far beyond a willingness to make minor modifications to our pre-engineered designs and standard specifications. Much of our business is building to your design and your specifications.
To convey the great breadth of design possibilities in our system, we’ll examine three scenarios, from simple to custom.
Scenario 1: You may well find that one of our pre-engineered designs matches your customer’s dream exactly. Through this web site, you can search for individual plans that match certain criteria. You can also download one of our digital catalogues containing collections of homes organized by style and complexity. You will find everything from simple ranch homes to 1-1/2 story (“cape cod”) homes to two-story homes. You will find homes for sprawling rural sites and narrow homes for urban infill. You will find designs in the colonial, Victorian, rustic and contemporary styles and more. Plan sets for these homes are available at no charge through your selected builder. Please note that they are protected by copyright.
Scenario 2: Perhaps your customer likes one of our pre-engineered designs, but needs to make some changes so it will work in their community and on their building site or make some adjustments to truly personalize the design for their lifestyle. For a modest non-refundable engineering fee paid though you, we can modify a standard plan to reflect these adjustments, whether it’s simply adding a window or door or increasing the size of one or more rooms, or even adding a room. We have also pre-engineered many optional design features such as cross-gables, dormers, bay windows and many more.
Scenario 3: What if you or your customer already has a design and it isn’t similar to any of our standard plans. We routinely work with plans from design services and can interact directly with professional architects. We may even be able to turn your own rough sketch into reality. Not every design can be cost effectively built in a factory. We have to divide any design into individual sections that can be safely transported from our factory to the home site, and for some designs that cannot be accomplished. We can tell you relatively quickly and without obligation on your part, if we don’t think it makes economic sense for us to build the home. However, don’t jump to conclusions. Ask us, because we have many ways to approach a design, and we may have suggestions about how to make some changes that render the design compatible with our methods. For a truly custom design, we need to develop a preliminary set of plans “from scratch.” We will provide you with a quote for a non-refundable engineering fee to develop the plans. Sometimes, at this stage we are able to work directly with the plans developed by an architect, particularly if we have had the opportunity to brief the architect early in the design process.