Is building on an island difficult?
Is it expensive to build on an island?
These days, its expensive to build almost anywhere due to the increase in costs for building materials. The increased costs that are unique for building on an island are primarily related to transporting materials and labor. Scheduling can be difficult if weather and/or tides don’t cooperate. Organization and timing is key for keeping the costs down so you need to hire a contractor who understands this and knows how to build as efficiently as possible. Most will only give you an “estimate” of your costs and if you ask for a formal bid, they will have to add 20-40% to cover for unforeseen factors. If you can contract for Time + Materials (T&M) you will probably save money.
Can kit or pre-fab construction be a more affordable option?
Purchasing a pre-cut kit through a company like Panabode may make your construction project more efficient and save you money. This is an exciting time for creators of alternative housing options and many choices are available. A few that I enjoy exploring are Method Homes and Lindal Cedar Homes.