Hi-Tech Housing Standard Specifications
Hi-Tech Housing has developed several groupings of specifications to serve as a starting point for developing the unique specifications for each of your projects. We base them on common tastes, preferences, and popularity as wells as building codes… and our opinion of the best materials in terms of quality, availability, value and ease of operation and maintenance. All of these things change over time, so we need to adjust our standard specifications annually, and sometimes more often.
Hi-Tech Housing simply calls these groupings “level 3” and “level 4.” Beginning at “level 3” they involve increasing features, complexity and, of course, cost. The component materials are typically more costly to us and may involve more labor to assemble and install. As just one example, consider plumbing fixtures. In our “level 3” specification we use the widely accepted Delta™ brand. That changes to Kohler™ for “level 4.”
Another group, arbitrarily called “level B” is used primarily for multi-family and commercial projects. Sometimes it is the most appropriate specification group for a truly custom home, since the framing materials and methods can be anything we are capable of and materials such as roofing, siding, flooring and lighting are completely optional (and often installed on-site for custom homes).
Design Collections: Each of the levels of specifications is further divided by building code. All of these specifications are available for viewing or downloading on this web site. Now let’s refer back to our collections of pre-engineered designs. We have assigned each collection to a particular specification level. This is somewhat arbitrary based on complexity of the design and our own opinion on the most appropriate price level. All designs can be built in a higher level. Most ranch designs can be built to a lower specification.
Options: Hi-Tech Housing is known for its flexibility and custom capability. Our ability to provide options to the materials and methods described in our standard specification levels is almost too broad to describe.
One way to categorize options is to consider what we call “published options” in contrast to “custom options.” We have pre-engineered and pre-priced many common options. As one example, suppose that over-all you have decided that a level 3 specification works well for you, but you have your heart set on the level 4 vanity faucet. That’s probably something we have already priced, a “published option.” By contrast, suppose that instead of the standard linoleum for the master bathroom in level 3, you would like a unique imported ceramic tile. Assuming we can find a source for this tile, we would develop a special price for this option for consideration by you and your builder, a “custom option.”
Another way to categorize options is to consider the nature of the change from the standard design or specification. It could be an addition to the standard design such as an additional window or door. It could be an addition of a material or feature not included in the standard specification such as a grab bar in a bathroom or a pair of shutters on the rear of a home. It could be an omission of a standard material such as when we offer a credit for not installing standard siding on the home because your builder is going to install brick at the home site. Finally, it could be a substitution of one material for another such as when we install wood plank flooring in a dining room instead of carpet. When we describe a substitution option we usually use the abbreviation “IPO,” meaning “in place of.”
Many materials we use can be found at building supply stores in your area. We want to caution you that it is often difficult to compare the price you see at the store with the price that we will quote through your builder. Most important, we will typically quote an installed price which includes not only the item itself (which we can usually obtain at a wholesale price) but also the cost to order, receive and unpack it, dispose of the packaging, and install it; the cost to provide supports for attaching it, the cost to run piping or wiring if applicable, the cost of any fasteners and sealants not included and some allowance to deal with possible damage. If the item also requires some work or adjustment after delivery, the builder will also add some cost to our estimate.
Installation Services: In the United States, in addition to our factory-built products, we can install our IRC and IBC products on your foundation. This is what is commonly referred to as a “rough set” in which our crew sets the modules on the foundation using a crane engaged by you, fastens the modules to the foundation and to each other, completes any roof framing (e.g., raising hinged roof sections and installing ridge assemblies) and installs enough roofing to render the structure weather-tight. In most situations it does include installing siding which cannot be completed in the factory or completing the interior drywall and trim. It does not include any mechanical connections.