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Pricing Transparency

We believe you deserve clear information about all the expenses you may encounter along your homebuilding journey—even if sharing these details upfront makes Plant appear more expensive than other builders. Further details about how your specific building location, lot, and design choices will affect your project costs are provided in our blog. We hope you find these resources helpful.

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Services and Vendors

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Pricing for LivingHomes (Standard Designs)

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Pricing for Custom Projects (Custom Designs)

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Pricing for Services Provided by Other Vendors

Services & Vendors

Building a home is a multi-step process (whether you build with Plant, or anyone else). Here’s a breakout of the services and vendors involved in building a home with Plant:

Design, Engineering, & Permitting

Home Prefabrication

Site Work

Transportation & Installation

What is it?

Designing your home and then coordinating the engineering and permitting processes

Prefabricating your home in our factory and then preparing it for transport

Preparing your lot, building a foundation, and then completing finish work once the home is installed

Trucking the home to your lot, assembling it on your foundation, and making structural connections

Who does it?

An architect of your choice

Note: You can hire the Plant Design Studio, a Plant Design Partner, or any other architect.

Plant

A local general contractor of your choice

Note: Plant helps you source a contractor and coordinates closely with them.

A transport company and a crane operator

Note: Your general contractor will source and coordinate these vendors.

What’s included?

  • Schematic design

  • Design development

  • Permitting

  • Sourcing and bidding general contractors for site work

  • Coordinating structural engineering

  • Creating construction documents

  • Coordinating factory and site construction work

  • Labor

  • All materials, including all finishes, fixtures, and appliances, as specified in your design

  • Grading and excavation

  • Running utilities

  • Building a foundation

  • All on-site finish work and utility connections

  • Construction of any site-built components (e.g., decks, walkways, driveways)

  • Delivering the prefabricated components of your home from Plant to your lot

  • Craning the prefabricated components onto your foundation

  • Structurally connecting the prefabricated components

What will it cost?

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Pricing for LivingHomes (Standard Designs)

What’s a "standard" design?

Standard LivingHomes are the pre-designed homes found on our marketplace. They are complete with floor plans, elevations, and your choice of expertly-curated fixtures, finishes, and appliances. They are designed for flat lots, in mild climates, in municipalities where permitting and zoning codes allow a prescriptive, engineered foundation design.

We gladly accommodate changes (like moving the location of a window or door, or modifying the home’s construction to meet different zoning or climate requirements), but any changes from the defined standard require design, engineering, and other services, so the home will be priced as a custom project (see “Pricing for Custom Projects,” below).

What’s included in online cost estimates?

The figures listed on each LivingHome model page are general estimates only, provided to give you a sense for the various costs involved in building a LivingHome. Here’s what the numbers are based on:

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How do I get a specific cost estimate?

First, contact us to give us a sense for what and where you’d like to build. We’ll let you know if your site and budget looks feasible for your chosen LivingHome. If it does, we’ll perform a paid site assessment and create a rough order of magnitude (ROM) estimate based on your specific site conditions, location, and zoning. Then, as you refine your design choices for your LivingHome, we’ll update your estimate to reflect your specific selections. A benefit of building with Plant is we’re able to lock in your home fabrication costs as soon as your project enters our factory.

Pricing for Custom Projects

What’s a "custom" project?

A custom project is any unique set of plans and/or site-specific design. The home’s floor plan is tailored to your preferences and zoning requirements, and the home’s elevations are tailored to your desired aesthetic. The home’s finishes, fixtures, and appliances are your unique selections.

How do I get a specific cost estimate?

First, contact us to give us a sense for what and where you’d like to build. We’ll let you know if your site and budget looks feasible for your intended project design. If it does, we’ll perform a paid site assessment and create a rough order of magnitude (ROM) estimate based on your specific site conditions, location, zoning, and intended project design. Then, as you and your architect refine the details of your design, we’ll update your estimate to reflect your specific selections. A benefit of building with Plant is we’re able to lock in your home fabrication costs as soon as your project enters our factory.

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Pricing for Services Provided by Other Vendors

As a custom builder, Plant's scope of work (that is, the specific services we provide) will be tailored to meet the needs of your project. For services that fall outside of our scope, we'll help you find a reputable vendor and coordinate closely with them throughout your project. The following information is provided to help you understand which services are usually provided by other vendors, and what those services typically cost.

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Design & Engineering

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Permitting

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Transportation & Installation

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General Contractor & Other Site Costs

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Landscaping