|Below you’ll find some of the frequently asked questions posed to the Budget Home Kit staff. There are answers to questions about every aspect of our work, including kits, services, assistance, payments, and the site. So please browse this list for any answers or help you may need.
You’ve heard people refer to a house that their father or grandfather “built with his own two hands.” Until very recent history, people have always had the knowledge and often the need to build their own homes. So many of our forefathers, with their adventurous spirits, enjoyed the sweat equity earned from investing their own time and efforts into constructing all or part of their own dwellings. But in the past few decades, the construction know-how which had been passed down through generations began to dissipate. Though the ability for one to build his own home sufficiently and affordably has diminished, the need has only increased.
The idea for an all-steel home shell that could be assembled by the common consumer came about because so many people were asking this question: “Why does it cost so much money to build a simple home?”
The main reason building a home usually costs so much is because there are several steps that potential builders just don’t know how to do, and they end up hiring a general contractor to portion out the labor to different subcontractors – all of which charge enough to make an individual profit. Different contractors for the foundation, for the home framing, for the roofing, for the siding, for putting in windows and doors, and the list goes on and on.
Some exterior home designs are just so complicated that they require expensive specialists. But what about a simple, traditional, single-story ranch-style home? This style of home has been built for centuries by everyday men and women, some with very little means and limited construction experience. What if you could forgo an expensive general contractor? What if you could build the entire exterior, and only subcontract out the interior building steps you choose? How much money could you save?
The answer is here. You CAN build your own all-steel home shell – stronger and straighter than wood, resistant to fire, termites, and rot. You can usually save up to 50% of the total home construction cost by acting as your own general contractor. You can become self-reliant when it comes to putting a roof over your head and your family.
The question now is this: Are you the adventurous type? Are you the kind of person that puts in the extra work to get the very best deal? Do you have the motivation and the fortitude to handle a big project and see it through? Do you see the opportunity of generating sweat equity as a welcome challenge? Are you on a mission to save as much money as possible in pursuit of your new home?
If the answer to these questions is “No” then a Budget Home Kit may not be for you. But if you repeatedly answered “Yes” and you see yourself as somewhat of a pioneer-at-heart, we believe you’re in the right place.
This comprehensive kit comes with all the steel framing, roofing, and siding necessary to complete your home’s exterior shell. Note that doors and windows are provided by the customer.
Each home kit includes everything you need to assemble our outer superstructure. Here’s a quick overview:
a.) Our exclusive E-Z Forming system to make pouring a slab easier than ever
b.) All galvanized roof and outer wall framing
c.) All steel roofing, siding, and trim to finish the outside of your home
d.) Pre-punched steel studs and trac for framing out your interior walls
e.) A full-length 6 ft porch which runs along the entire front of your home
f.) All necessary steel fasteners
Our fully illustrated and easy-to-follow assembly guide will help you put these high quality steel systems together. All essential illustrations are drawn to scale and labeled for your convenience. For a more detailed list of the steel members and drawings included, visit our What’s Included page.
Ease of assembly, safety of the design, and money savings for our customer – these are just a few of the many advantages of going with Budget. Our kit frames are completely made of galvanized steel which is the best made steel. Additionally, most of our exterior roofing and siding comes with a 50-year extended warranty. Want to create your own floor plan? Simply build whatever you like within the four exterior walls of one of our home kits — all exterior wall columns and studs are included. Want to use one of our plans and our steel studs? Interior wall studs can be included with your home kit order.
Take a look at the chart below for many more reasons to go with us:
We offer customers the choice of galvanized steel or red primed steel (mostly known as “red iron”) for the primary framing of their home kits.
Structurally, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE in strength between galvanized steel or red steel. The difference is is the coating. Red steel is raw steel that has a sprayed-on paint primer, similar to the primer coat applied to a car before the finish coat. This gives the steel a rusty-brown color, hence the name “red iron.” Galvanized steel, on the other hand, is the same steel (size, girth, weight, strength, etc.) but it goes through a process which applies a zinc-alloy plating. This special plating protects the galvanized components from the elements, the moisture in the air and natural environment (not to mention precipitation, dirt, etc.).
Having said that, we always recommend the galvanized variety. It is, hands down, the best steel on the market today. The long-term durability of our steel framing is greatly enhanced by the use of galvanized plating. And this gives our customers the option to take their time with the build without worrying about the integrity of their kit components after extended periods in the elements.
Simple red steel framing can’t stand the test of time for equally resist rusting, chalking, and corrosion. Plus the shiny, silver look of galvanized steel is always cleaner and more impressive. Galvanized steel costs us more to offer to you, but we don’t charge you any extra for it because we believe in it that much.
Your home’s siding and roofing will be made up of strong and beautiful steel paneling. These panels sections have a beautifully colored, weather-resistant, baked-on enamel finish that will give you years of maintenance-free living. With an extended 50-year warranty, you will get the most from your home’s exterior.
Some of our customers elect to attach a different type of siding to one or more of the walls after the home is constructed. For more information about siding options, see the next FAQ below.
Sure! Though our kits come with strong, low-maintenance steel panels, our steel framing design allows you to attach the exterior siding of your choice. A substrate, such as or similar to plywood, can be attached either to the outside of our steel wall panels or directly to the vertical steel studs. Construction methods for attaching different types of siding vary, but techniques which work for traditional stick-frame homes will work with our steel frame system.
Our customers have used siding materials that include (but are not limited to):
If you choose to attach a different kind of siding to the exterior of your home, you aren’t forced to do it during the initial construction. The steel siding we provide can be attached and act as your home’s exterior shield until you decide what other kind of surface you’d like. At that point, the steel panels can be easily removed and replaced with the new siding OR be left and used as the substrate with the new siding attached directly over.
Yes. Along with the full-length 6 ft front porch already included with each home, you can add a full-length 6 ft rear porch, and upgrade one or both to a 9 ft porch.
For a limited time, galvanized pre-punched steel studs for interior wall framing are also INCLUDED with every order.
If you’d like to have a slightly steeper roof than our standard 4:12, we offer a 6:12 and a 8:12 roof pitch increase.
Want to add a garage to the length of the home? We can do that.
You can also have one of our designers modify the floor plan you like or even help you design a plan from scratch. At very competitive rates, our guys can help you lay out your interior walls, plumbing, and openings with multiple revisions offered.
We periodically run specials where options are included at no extra cost or discounted. For current pricing on options and upgrades, check out our What’s Included & Options page.
No, you have other options. Our unique steel home framing is designed to be built on a concrete foundation poured to grade. Our 10-phase Assembly Guide illustrates installation of columns and attachment of our steel forming system to accomodate a 4-inch concrete slab.
Having said that, we recognize that some customers are interested in building over a basement, on a considerable slope, or elevated enough for a crawl space beneath. Some of these changes can require specialized kinds of concrete pours or modified framing to allow for a wooden flooring system. To make these design modifications, our building process drawings will need to be taken to an engineer and someone with knowledge of your site’s soil composition.
If you are very interested in building one of our steel kits in this way, we recommend ordering our Expanded Planning Package. For $749, you will receive, among other resources, an advanced copy of the Assembly Guide and component technical data which can be taken to a designer in your area. Modifications can then be made based on your site’s building conditions and your municipality’s codes and regulations. Note that any design changes requiring additional steel components will add to the cost of the kit.
Purchasing the Expanded Planning Package will also allow you to place a 30-day hold on the kit you want, ensuring its availability and reserving the price.
No. Our kits have been field-tested and developed for more than 10 years with one goal in mind: to create a truly do-it-yourself steel home kit that is systematically designed to save you money every step of the way. We’ve designed our kits so that our customers, no matter their construction backgrounds, can complete as much of the assembly as they choose. Having said that, hiring a builder to help you with some or all of the assembly is absolutely an option.
Absolutely, you can change your floor plan. Our kits are designed to allow you to install your interior walls with the most customization possible, and thanks to our clear-span design, none of the interior walls are load-bearing.
We can offer commercial steel studs to use in framing your interior walls. Your home’s layout can follow our floor plan exactly, or you can redesign your layout as you like. All studs are engineered and pre-punched, allowing you to easily run interior plumbing and wiring through, regardless of your room arrangement.
— I don’t have any formal steel construction experience. Do you provide some type of instructions with your home kits?
Yes. In fact, providing the do-it-yourself knowledge to erect our home kits is what our system is based on. We give you an easy-to-understand, step-by-step assembly guide which covers everything from ground preparation to final trim installation – with fully labeled illustrations at each step.
Worried about the learning curve? Don’t be! We don’t give ultra-technical exploded drawings with too many details to keep track of. And you don’t have to be an engineer to follow or understand our illustrations, because they were conceived with first-time builders in mind. Our designs and instructions are both appreciated by less-experienced builders and respected by professional builders.
Yes. In fact, we encourage you to purchase your own windows and doors for your home. Though your Budget Home Kit will include all of the steel stud framing needed to enclose your door and window openings, you have the greatest selection when buying from a local door/window supplier. With so many door and window options on the market of varying style, size, and quality, we wouldn’t presume to know which would be best for you. And by shopping around, you’ll ensure that you get the look and feel that you want at the price that’s right for your budget. Once your doors and windows are installed in the wall framing, our provided trim package will ensure they have a nice finished look.
We currently offer 15 colors for each your wall, roof, and trim steel. That means there are thousands of color combinations available to you!
Below is a swatch of different colors to choose from:
Our classic, All-American design is a timeless one, and the look of your home will never be dated. Interior and exterior designs also support lots of customization options.
We must emphasize that these are NOT commercial style “metal buildings” sold as homes. Our models have been designed exclusively as homes. See how a full-length front porch, 4-12 roof pitch, decorative doors and windows give a definite residential look to your new home.
The exterior walls are framed with vertical steel studs. This not only adds strength but also allows you to further customize your home siding beyond our design. Though your kit comes with steel siding, our design allows you to easily modify your exterior with stone, brick, wood or hardiplank siding at a later date. With your kit assembled, adding decorative touches, such as window shutters and porch railing, can go a long way to make your home even cozier.
The inside of your new Budget Home Kit is completely clear span and can accommodate any design or utility that a standard, wood-frame home could. Vertical steel studs mean you don’t have to double frame the exterior walls, and drywall can attach easily to the steel studs with traditional drywall screws. From tile, carpeting, or stained concrete on the floors all the way up to crown molding, chandeliers, or recessed lighting on the ceilings, your decision to purchase a steel home kit won’t restrict your interior design options in the slightest. Your home kit’s interior is a blank canvas, and the design is up to your imagination.
Whether extravagant and spacious, or cozy and efficient, you’ll be able to invest more in your home’s
interior thanks to the savings you’ll realize with your exterior home shell.
This is where our 10-Phase Assembly Method really adds value and can save time. Take things as slowly or as quickly as you wish. The average builder can typically complete the assembly within 30 days with no problem!
In a hurry? Or just wanting a little help? Take a look at our Assistance Package specials.
Yes. We offer professional assistance. One of our friendly certified crews will arrive on the day of delivery to give you a free on-site orientation to help you get started. Additionally, we offer more extensive assistance for our customers who want further help. Take a look at the tiers of certified assistance we offer on our Budget Assistance page.
The main difference is AVAILABILITY.
“Overstock” is an umbrella term we use for discounted kits in stock. Some structural components for the kit have already been fabricated and packaged prior to order. Regardless of the situation (overstocked, manufacturer imposed discount, etc.), “overstocks” are deeply discounted. Because of the great savings, these kits often sell quickly and are only available “first come, first serve.” Features and advantages of overstock kits also include:
• Pre-fabricated superstructure framing components to assure fluidity in availability and in our delivery process
• Overstocks can be built as-is in 90% of the U.S.
• Overstocks still offer approximately 40-50% flexibility in floor plan changes and exterior opening locations
Standard kits are made-to-order, fabricated and packaged after each order is placed. All of the options available to customers, including major modifications, can be considered when placing a Standard kit order, and your Standard kit can be ordered any time at your convenience. Features and advantages of standard kits include:
• Standard kits offer 100% flexibility in floor plan changes, including exterior window and door placement
• Some special engineering offered to allow for permitting in areas of county with “special” requirements
• Structural modifications available for unique features and permitting
Options such as panel and trim color, porch upgrades, garages, and roof pitch upgrades can still be added to Overstock kits. Major structural design modifications may be limited.
Overstock home kits are available on a limited basis. As such, special terms require customers to qualify. The home kits specialist assigned to your account must first check on availability and current overstocks in “hold” status. Note that the number of available overstocks listed on budgethomekits.com/pricing may not be updated at the time of viewing.
The qualification criteria include:
1. Hold: Upon receiving and accepting an official quote from us, a 5-day hold goes into effect. You have the option to extend your hold by 30 days with the purchase of an Expanded Planning Package. If you finalize your home purchase within that 30 days, the price of the planning package is credited back to you in your final kit price.
2. Prepaid: No C.O.D. Because of the substantial price reduction, the balance must be paid before shipping.
3. Payment Methods Accepted: Only check, cashier’s check, or wire transfer. No credit cards accepted for overstocks.
To be sure they can reserve a kit’s price or availability, our customers will often place a hold on a kit until they are ready to finalize their purchases. And because Overstock kits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, a kit hold is even more appealing to those with intentions of saving the most money on their home purchase.
The method by which you reserve a kit is simple; visit our Get Started page and scroll to the bottom where you’ll see the “Place Your Hold” button. With a $749 deposit, we will hold the kit of your choice and lock in its current price for at least 6 months!
As a bonus, when you place your kit hold, we’ll send you our Expanded Planning Package— a binder of resources including but not limited to our assembly guide, enlarged floor plan drawings, and a printed color chart— at no extra cost. Plan out your project at your own pace and on your own budget.
If you find for whatever reason that you will not be able to finalize your kit purchase with us, simply send your planning package back unopened, and you will receive a full refund (less $49 for p/h). Note that we must receive the unopened planning package within 10 days of your original hold date.
The kit hold is not a payment for the planning package materials— these are free proprietary resources for anyone who has placed a deposit on a kit and is planning to purchase and build one of our homes.
We offer an extended 50-year warranty on all your steel panels.
— How can you offer such high-end all galvanized steel homes at such low prices compared to other companies?
Other companies have chosen a business model that requires high-cost, high-maintenance onsite models to show you around, and hopefully to hook you into the sale. These services add many thousands of overhead to the cost of each kit they offer, which is passed along to their customers. There business model is not unlike a store in the mall.
Our business model is 100% online. We deal in a higher volume and can deliver a higher quality product with savings passed on to our customers. Our model is high-tech and efficient – similar to Amazon, eBay, etc.
Our management team saw this as the wave of the future over a decade ago, and that’s the reason we are in the top 3 search results for steel homes across all major search engines.
Though we don’t currently offer in-house financing, we do all we can to keep our prices low enough to minimize the amount of money our customers have to borrow in order to buy. Having said that, customers sometimes ask us about the best method of acquiring financing for their new home kit, or even to finish out the interior once the kit is complete. Because the circumstances of each home kit purchase are unique, you will obviously need to contact lenders in your local area to see what options are available to you. If you really want to secure a deal on one of our kits but don’t quite have all the funds necessary, it often comes down to how creative your borrowing plan is. Anecdotally, our customers have used conventional as well as non-conventional means to acquire their loans, a few of which are shown below:
- Put up a piece of property as collateral for a loan to purchase the kit. After assembling the complete steel kit, a restructured loan which includes the land as well as the erected home should more than finance the interior build-out.
- If possible, purchase the kit with available funds and erect the kit. With your home’s exterior erected, it should be easier to acquire a loan to be used to finish the interior.
- Look into getting an unsecured loan for the kit. This could be a signature loan from your local lender or even a personal loan from a friend or family member.
Remember to check with local banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions to get more information about applying for construction or completion loans.
These borrowing techniques are not meant to encourage you to take one path or another, but rather to inspire you to be creative when other financing options become impossible.
Here’s a rundown of the ten phases in our Assembly Guide:
» PHASE 1: Site Preparation
» PHASE 2: Setting Column Anchors
» PHASE 3: Preparing for Foundation
» PHASE 4: Installing Wall Columns
» PHASE 5: Framing Your Roof
» PHASE 6: Framing Your Walls
» PHASE 7: Attaching Wall Metal
» PHASE 8: Porch Roof Assembly
» PHASE 9: Primary Roof Assembly
» PHASE 10: Installing Your Trim Package
Each phase has its own collection of illustrated drawings, with each illustration accurately labeled and displaying only the pertinent information needed for the task at hand. These renderings show multiple perspectives when needed and even show you placements of individual screws. Virtually all drawings are to scale, and notes throughout the guide give helpful building tips and strategies to consider for your home’s completion. Even the placement of individual screws is clearly displayed when components are to be attached.
The concrete foundation pour usually takes place between Phases 3 and 4. Though we do not give specific instructions on how to pour your foundation, we do give many pointers about successful tactics leading up to that stage, and our EZ-Form™ Foundation System simplifies the foundation forming process so much so that it is common for folks to cut their foundation installation cost in half (or more)!
Simple tools such as a handheld drill, leveling tool, and metal cutting shears are all that’s needed for a large part of the exterior assembly, and just two or three adults can erect the entire kit. After fabrication, we prep much of the steel before shipping, meaning that there is no field welding and little-to-no heavy cutting needed on-site.
Over and over again, our kits are successfully assembled by customers, regardless of their construction backgrounds, by following the 10-step Assembly Guide.
Not at all. In short, anyone can assembly their own kit by simply following the straightforward steps of the Genesis Assembly Course. All necessary tools and equipment are also described in this assembly guide, which you receive in advance of the home kit delivery when you place your kit deposit.
In researching our competitors, you’ll find that hiring trained construction crews or renting large, expensive equipment is a requirement for assembling their kits. With our kits, you’ll find that only simple tools (found at your local hardware store) are needed to assemble the components. And even the largest steel members can be lifted with manual lifting tools you can rent from a local Home Depot or Lowe’s. No cranes needed, no scaffolding needed… no fuss.
We’re constantly offering shipping specials, including half-price and even free shipping on select models. We ship directly to your location. Our shipping policy is based on delivery to the five shipping zones shown below. Scheduling and availability is based upon your building location, but if you’re in the continental U.S., you are not too far for a Budget home kit!
Each Budget home kit is delivered by certified staff with expertise in steel home components, job site orientation, and on-site pro assistance services. Any Assistance Package services you’d like to include in your order must be purchased prior to delivery.
We bring your kit right to the site you designate in the ordering process. Usually the entire kit will be delivered in one shipment. Any unpaid amount is due upon arrival.
It is imperative for you to confirm that all of your components are accounted for and then our staff will present you with your Certificate of Ownership. Though you are responsible for unloading the steel components, our friendly staff will oversee unloading and help familiarize you with your new kit and materials as part of our courtesy on-site orientation.
Our system of home construction is less expensive than the traditional home construction process due to several big reasons. For instance, our slab foundation system (or EZ-Form™ system) creates a much easier and inexpensive method of slab pouring. You can easily save thousands during just this early step of construction. Concerning long-term benefits, due to the high reflectivity of our roofing and siding, the energy savings you will gain during the decades to come will be a source of comfort.
In addition to these advantages, there is also the long-term advantage of not needing to apply for a 30 year mortgage to start this process. As you know, the interest payments alone can be astronomical. Instead, consider getting one of our kits without a loan, assemble it yourself, and pay for the interior finishes as you go. This type of process can take a little more time, but your home will be completely yours in the end. You will have a great amount of equity as well as a great amount of satisfaction.
It all starts with your size needs and your budget. Visit our interactive Floor Plans page to see all of the kits offered and details about each kit, including:
- Square footage
- Number of bedrooms/bathrooms
- Overstock availability
- Interior wall layout
- Artistic rendering
Once you know which kit(s) you’re interested in, take a closer look at what’s included with each kit to get more information about options and add-ons. Or, you can place an order for the Expanded Planning Package to reserve the kit and pricing of your choice. If it’s an overstock kit you’re interested in, we recommend you act quickly to reserve it… Chances are, others are interested in it too.