And we’re off! Foundation prep. Ecuador coast house build part 1.

So this week we broke ground on the 3 bedroom, 2 bath oceanview house here south of Manta, Ecuador.

The first step was to level the ground and dig the holes for the foundation and septic system all in one shot; a high pressure jetting services company came to clean the pipes and make sure the system was going to run smoothly.

As you can see in the pics (click display images in your email reader) in came the heavy manchinery, which I rented for $25 an hour with specialized driver included. Although an entirely prefabricated house is one of the cheap homes to build, the panels offer a lot more flexibility in building as well as materials. According to Davis Frame Company, prefabricated panels save on labor costs and time.

The 2014 Survey of Construction (SOC) from the Census Bureau shows that the average completion time of a single-family house is around 7 months, which usually includes around 25 days from authorization to start and another 6 months to finish the construction bu the this projects total came to 36 hours or $900.

Next step, get water to the lot, easier said then done, maybe, stay tuned!

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