don't you give costs for the houses you build?
Hometime builds a house the costs are very skewed because
we are not a typical contractor. On Hometime projects the
bottom line includes not only construction costs, but also the added
expense of video production. For example, our construction labor
costs are often inflated because our contractors have to work around
our video production schedule, which makes the job take longer.
also use lots of new products and materials that may not yet be
common, or even available, in many areas. We often pay for a lot
of head scratching while we figure out the best way to install these
products. Sometimes a product is so new that it hasn't yet become
available in Minnesota, which means there may not be local contractors
who know how to install it. We've actually had to bring in installers
from other states when this happens. Believe us, providing airfare
and lodging for your contractors can really mess up a construction
property, labor, and materials costs vary so widely across the country
that it would be impossible for us to give you any idea what the
houses we build would cost to build in your area.
do have plans & study plans available for many of the houses we
have built on Hometime. Based on these plans, a local contractor/builder
can give you an estimate of what it would cost for you to build
that particular home in your area.
Hometime do midrange projects any more?
we do. As best we can tell, we have two audiences—those of you who
want detailed information about reality-based hands-on projects,
and those of you who are armchair dream-project builders—so we try
to accommodate both in our production schedule. As we plan our schedule
each year, we try to balance the high-end (usually a new dream home
or a major remodel) with more moderate renovations (often landscaping
projects and kitchen or bath remodels).
the entertainment value of building these dream houses, we feel
there is value in them for anyone who will be building or remodeling
in the next few years—no matter what the cost of the project. That's
because new techniques and materials are expensive and show up in
high-end homes first. These techniques and materials often become
more available—and more affordable—after they've been around a few
I visit past Hometime projects?
protect the privacy of the people who now own these properties,
we do not release the addresses of our projects. We—and they—thank
you for your understanding and cooperation.
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