The Process of Building a Bamboo Home
Building a home can be intimidating but understanding the process will help make your project flow much easier. As the architect and manufacturer of your bamboo home, we handle your design, building permits, site visits, prefab home construction, and shipping. We also assist you in selecting the right contractor to assemble your new home. Read on below, where we outline the full process of building a Bamboo Living home from start to finish.
CALL US & VISIT A BAMBOO LIVING HOME
Seeing is believing and you’ll know from the first time you experience one of our beautiful homes, that a Bamboo Living home is the way to go. Our representative will explain home options, features, sustainability, and the entire process of becoming a satisfied Bamboo Living home owner.
This is a chance to get to know each other and answer all initial questions. If you’re not located near one of our homes, we can share our knowledge over the phone and send pictures or video to help you visualize the unique and well-designed qualities of our homes.
SECURE PROPERTY & ESTABLISH YOUR BUDGET
Finding the right piece of land to build on, is an essential part of creating your new dream home. We design our homes to blend and respond to their environment whether it’s on oceanfront property, a sunny hillside, a tropical valley, or high in the mountains.
We can look at a total budget for the project and help review general costs of construction to help you select the right design for your Bamboo home.
CHOOSE A MODEL
Now that you have your land and have established a budget, choose the bamboo home model that best fits your needs. We can help you select the right design for you based on budget, square footage, use, bedrooms, aesthetic, and efficiency.
We have single wall and double wall options. To learn more, see our Signature and Hybrid home package descriptions.
ARRANGE A SITE VISIT WITH ONE OF OUR ARCHITECTS
You have an idea of what you want to create, and scheduling a site visit with one of our architects will help you unlock the full potential of your home and property.
We’ll work with you regarding your land and local requirements so you’ll be in good hands when we secure your building permits.
SIGN YOUR BAMBOO LIVING CONTRACTS AND PLACE DEPOSIT
With your deposit in place, we schedule the production of your bamboo home package at our factory in Vietnam and begin design and construction drawings. During the design process, you have the ability to collaborate with our architects and designers to create a home that fits your lifestyle and personal design taste. Once we have your approval on the preliminary design drawings, the final plans are drawn up and submitted for building permit if required. If your land is in the State of Hawaii we’ll file your permits with the county office.
For those outside of Hawaii, we will work with a local architect or project manager to secure building permits.
Our team of expert bamboo artisans build your design as specified by our agreed upon design drawings and send progress photos so you can watch the handcrafting of your own bamboo home!
HIRE YOUR PROJECT MANAGER OR GENERAL CONTRACTOR
We have a list of recommended project managers and general contractors to be your builder in this process. For those located outside of Hawaii, experienced assembly technicians will act as a consultant to guide an efficient assembly process with your local builder. The typical assembly time on-site is between 1-7 days for our standard models.
Since Bamboo Living homes have been designed to integrate with traditional construction, an experienced builder will be able to complete the rest of your home after the prefabricated kit is assembled.
CHOOSE YOUR FINISHES AND MATERIALS WITH YOUR BUILDER
In addition to what’s included with your bamboo home package, you’ll need to select flooring, roofing, windows, counters, cabinets, fixtures, and appliances. This is the time to work with your builder to decide what finishes and materials you’ll need to complete your home. As designers, we can offer guidance during this selection process.
START YOUR SITE WORK
Now is the time for the builder to prepare your site and build the foundation for your new home. Our single wall models require the foundation to be completed for bamboo assembly to begin. Our double wall models require the foundation and perimeter load-bearing walls to be completed for bamboo assembly to begin.
It’s important for you to determine the accessibility of either a 20’ or 40’ container to your site. In the case where access is an issue, smaller trucks can haul panels to the site.
YOUR HOME SHIPS!
We’ve been busy building your home at our factory, and it’s now on the way to you! Our experienced and skilled bamboo artisans, have handpicked poles, carved complex joints, integrated custom steel hardware, and assembled your entire home package in a matter of months.
After sending you the final photos of your expertly crafted bamboo structure, our team packs all of the parts and panels into shipping containers for departure.
Shipping to Hawaii typically takes about 5 weeks. If shipping elsewhere we will provide you an estimated arrival from the shipping company.
ASSEMBLE YOUR BAMBOO LIVING HOME KIT
Each component of your home has been labeled and fits together like a large, well-crafted, piece of furniture. Because your home has been pre-built and disassembled, you can be sure that all the pieces join up just right.
When the assembly is complete, one of our architects will come and check to see that your bamboo kit has been assembled correctly.
Assembly is very quick, between 1-7 days for most building types.
FINISH THE HOUSE
You’ve just assembled your Bamboo Living Home Package and now it’s time to finish it. This is the time to install your roofing, and complete the interior of your home.
As your architect, we are always available to support your builder during the construction process by providing clarifications and information.
MOVE IN & ENJOY!
It’s been an incredible journey and you are now the proud owner of a beautiful Bamboo Living home! As we’ve learned from our customers, owning a bamboo home is a rewarding experience and it’s likely you’ll receive some well-deserved attention from friends and neighbors.
Your new home is a unique work of art, and people will notice! Now it’s time to relax and share the beauty of your home with those you love.