Hi-Tech Housing’s Standard Specifications
Just as we have pre-engineered designs, we have developed several groupings of specifications. We base them on our understanding of common tastes and 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.
We suggest that you look at these standard specification levels as a starting point. If we told you that you can have almost anything you want that fits within your budget, where would you begin? We recommend that you spend some time reviewing several levels of specifications for the building code that will apply to your home, and select one that comes closest to what you want. If you are working with a local builder who is already familiar with our products, the builder may be able to suggest a good starting point for you after discussing your dreams and budget.
Finally, please remember that specifications change over time. The specification which you spent time with last year is probably somewhat different than the one that is in effect today.