The Most Frequently Asked Questions about our Home Shell Package

Here are some other frequently asked questions about our shell package. If you have questions, feel free to contact us so that we can discuss your home needs.

What is a shell option and what does it include?

Our shell option is where we take your project from the initial design stage straight to the point where the home is closed in and protected from the weather.

This would include, but is not limited to:

  • Design and blueprints
  • Guide you through the permitting process
  • Demolition and removal of old home if necessary (optional)
  • Digging, forming, and pouring foundation
  • Waterproofing foundation
  • Drain tile, drain stone, and sump pit
  • Backfill
  • Framing
  • Roofing
  • Windows and exterior doors
  • Tyvek and other weather barriers
  • Timber frame  (where applicable)
  • Vapor Barrier and insulation on timber frame portions of a home (where applicable)
  • Ceiling and wall finishes on timber frame portions of a home (where applicable)
  • Electrical and plumbing on timber frame portions of a home (where applicable)
  • Soffits and fascia

The above list would be the minimum scope of work for a shell option project. However, keep in mind that Pine Creek Homes is a full-service custom builder and we can take your project to any stage in between a shell option and a turnkey build.

How fast can I have a home shell built so I can start working on the inside?

This question has a two-part answer. 

Part 1: The building process itself. The building process for a shell can generally be completed starting at 2 months depending on the size.

Part 2: Planning and permitting. This part of the timeline has a wider time range. The plans can be drawn fairly quick if a customer really knows what they want, or sticks close to one of our pre-drawn plans. 

However, we encourage people to take their time on this part. Remember, you’ve got generations of memories ahead of you to be made. Why not take a bit extra time now to make sure your build is going to be exactly what you want. After all, that is why you’ve come to a custom builder. At Pine Creek we specialize in custom drawing and design in addition to custom building.

Permits really depend, they can range anywhere from two days to two months depending on the office.

While the whole plan and permit process can be expedited to a certain extent for customers who are very decisive and know exactly what they want, we ideally would like to start meeting with customers 6 months before they would like to dig a hole. This will account for a permit department being behind schedule, as well as leave several months to really nail down the perfect plan that will fit your budget and needs.


Why is building a shell so much cheaper than a complete project when it seems like the biggest portions of the build is complete?

The biggest savings from doing a shell project are the savings on project management. The latter part of the building process requires a much higher number of trades doing a smaller percentage of the total work or dollar value.

That equates to a lot of trips out to your home site for us to meet, and manage these trades.

Furthermore, much of the foundation and framing work is done by our own employees and company owners. So we can manage those parts of the build while we’re personally working out there.

If you have questions, feel free to contact us so that we can discuss your home shell needs.

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