What’s In The Kit

AvrameUSA Structural Kit

The crux of the value in innovation and cost savings is the Structural Kit.

  • This is the only kit that provides pre-cut components and our minimum kit. 
  • Who’s it for?  Experienced Self Builder--Yes! Contractor build--Yes!  Pro tip--if your hiring a general contractor for your project, this may be the only kit you need.  Most builders have access to all the other building materials you will need and like to supply them for your project.
  • This kit starts with our plan sets and assembly guides.  Plan sets include architectural details (floor plans, elevation views, window schedules) and structural engineering for your state.  The engineered plans include stamped detail for foundation design and structure based on your layout--this is key a required by most jurisdictions in the US.  AvrameUSA’s plan sets usually eliminate the need to hire an outside engineer or architect.  Assembly guides show order of operations and best practices, but are not a how-to manuals on building techniques. 
  • Structural truss components. Factory fabricated, with CNC precision, our pre-cut and pre-drilled structural truss components.  Each truss contains between 3-9 components depending on the model and location of the truss in the floor plan.  All members are cut to size on the correct angle and with predrilled holes. 
  • Custom hardware is fabricated for each joint in your truss aligning with the corresponding holes.  The bolts and washers are provided driving a simple, user friendly bolt together experience. 

AvrameUSA Shell Kit

The shell kit adds onto the structural kit by providing your floor sheeting and roof sheeting.
  • Who’s it for?  Self builders—yes! Contractor build—recommended as it works in conjunction with the structural kit in the assembly process. 
  • These materials provide rigidity while assembling the structural kit and are roof underlayment and subfloor. 
  • All materials in this kit are sent in appropriate quantities taking the guesswork out and reducing waist.
  • All materials in this kit are standard building dimensions cut on site by you and your team. 

AvrameUSA Exterior Kit

Everything you need to weather tight your home.
  • Everything you need to weather tight your home.
  • Who’s it for?  Self builders—recommended.  Contractor build—sometimes partial.
  • The materials in this kit drive convenience showing up in the appropriate quantity taking guesswork out and reducing waste.
  • All materials in this kit are standard building dimensions cut on site by you and your team.
  • The materials in this kit can be all or partially sourced locally based on your ability/interest in sourcing, different style and budget choices, and site specific needs. 

AvrameUSA Interior Kit

Creating spaces inside your home.
  • Who’s it for?  Self builders—sometimes.  Contractor builds—rarely. 
  • Materials in this kit are ideal for a self build who is in a remote location without easy access to building materials. 
  • The materials in this kit drive convenience showing up in the appropriate quantity taking guesswork out and reducing waste.
  • All materials in this kit are standard building dimensions cut on site by you and your team.
  • The materials in this kit can be all or partially sourced locally based on your ability/interest in sourcing, different style and budget choices, and site specific needs. 

What's in the Kit FAQs

Can I source some of one kit or is it all or nothing?

Yes, after purchasing the Structural Kit (our minimum option), you can pick items that work best for your needs in a’ la carte fashion. We can price out individual items in your personal bid.

Why would I source all kit options from AvrameUSA?

The main reason is for convenience. Beautiful materials, spec’d to perfection, will arrive in one truck saving you valuable time calculating, making decisions and transporting.  This is especially convenient when if you are building on a plot of land in a remote location.

Why would I source partial kit options from AvrameUSA?

If you are looking for a specific design feature or style, such as windows, exterior or interior finishes that we do not offer, you may choose to source those locally versus through our team.

Do you have different style/color options to choose from?

We offer one style/color choice in most materials, except roofing which comes in 20 colors. If you want a different window, prefer cedar exterior or want to install drywall rather than shiplap, then simply opt out of that portion of our kit and source it locally. Going direct helps drive individual style and affordability.

What should I source when working with a general contractor?

The Structural Kit offers innovation and savings with plan sets and prefabricated components. Working with a builder allows you to leverage everything that comes with the AvrameUSA building system and combine it with your builder’s local resources for a personal approach. Most builders have great access to materials and sourcing partners in your local area.

What is not included in the kit?

To continue our mission to drive efficiency and affordability, we have not included this list.  Please source the items on this list locally or through your builder.

What details are included in the plan sets?

Here is a summary of the engineering and architectural details included in our plans. Note: it’s best to review your local permitting checklist for your specific requirements.

  • Floor plan with window and door schedules. If you are supplying the doors and windows, you are responsible for providing us with the information that needs to be on the plans.
  • Electrical plan (outlets, switches, appliances, panel location).  We DO NOT do electrical load calculations.
  • Exterior elevations.
  • Full engineering plan with a state-specific stamp. Additional fee applies for decks, porches and other customizations as needed. If we do not have a state stamp for your location, we acquire one at NO expense to you.
  • Basic plumbing plan if needed.  This consists of a separate floor plan that is labeled “plumbing plan.” It shows the location of all the plumbing fixtures. We DO NOT show drain lines or supply lines.

NOTE: We incorporate your site plan into the set that you provide to us. These site plans can range from very simple to very complex depending on your county. Some require drainage and grading plans including erosion control measures during construction. You MAY OR MAY NOT be required to provide a soil report.

What if I’m building in California?

We love everyone from California but please know you have additional building requirements. Most California A-frame builds source our Structural Kits only due to ICC/ESR certification numbers required for various materials in the home. For the 2020 build season, we have a $2500 additional fee (which most likely will increase to $3500 for the 2021 build season). We hate to add any additional fees, however, California builds have been requiring what we consider to be an unusually high amount of hours to get through client inputs and plan checks. The following items what we include in a California plan set:

  • Floor plan with window and door schedules. If you are supplying the doors and windows, you are responsible for providing us with the information that needs to be on the plans.
  • Electrical plan (outlets, switches, appliances, panel location).  We DO NOT do electrical load calculations.
  • Exterior elevations.
  • Full engineering plan with a California stamp. Additional fee applies for decks, porches and other customizations as needed. We DO NOT provide California architectural stamps.
  • Basic plumbing plan if needed.  This consists of a separate floor plan that is labeled “plumbing plan.” It shows the location of all the plumbing fixtures. We DO NOT show drain lines or supply lines.
  • We will include the CalGreen information into the plan set, however, if your county requires a specific CalGreen list, you will need to provide that to us.
  • We incorporate the Title 24 analysis that you have completed by a third party. We add this into the plan set ONLY. We DO NOT perform the analysis. This analysis requires you to know what doors and windows you are using as well as HVAC and insulation.
  • WUI details (ask Ryan).
  • We DO NOT provide interior elevations (cabinet details, bathroom elevations, etc.) in the basic plan set. If you are required to have this, we can provide an estimate for incorporating them into the plan set.
  • We DO NOT provide fire suppression system design or engineering. We can provide CAD files if this is a requirement so your sprinkler engineer (locally hired) doesn’t need to draw these from scratch.

NOTE: We incorporate your site plan into the set that you provide to us. These site plans can range from very simple to very complex depending on your county. Some require drainage and grading plans including erosion control measures during construction. You MAY OR MAY NOT be required to provide a soil report, geotech report, erosions prevention plan, natural gas schematic or landscape plan (all of which you can source locally).

What details are NOT included in the plan sets?
  • Each jurisdiction has some unique elements required for permitting. It is your responsibility to be aware of the permitting process and requirements.
  • Plan sets DO NOT include plumbing details, insulation, res-check or energy calculations, site plans, or any information the plan examiners require as to railing attachments. These elements of the build need to be provided by you.
  • We DO NOT provide interior elevations (cabinet details, bathroom elevations, etc.) in the basic plan set. If you are required to have this, we can provide an estimate for incorporating them into the plan set.