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Now Is The Time To Start The Q Cabin Kit Process

If you plan to relax in your Q Cabin this summer then now is time to start the Q Cabin Kit process.

And here are the steps to getting that done and what you can expect along the way.

The first step is designing your cabin.

Together we customize a floor plan and model choice.

I use 3D modelling so that we can explore every facet of your Q Cabin.  Inside, outside, every imaginable angle.

We have progress meetings online using screen sharing sites.

Typical duration 2 weeks.

Q Cabin 3D design

Q cabin 3D modelling

3D modelling Q Cabins

Next, comes the architectural drawings and the engineered drawings.

We provide a full set of documents ready for construction.  Our foundations are designed for your local conditions and per your local code.

Typical duration 4 weeks.

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Q cabin architectural drawings

Q cabin drawings

The next step is fabrication.

Your project is sent to the factory with a full set of shop drawings ready for fabrication.  The entire exterior is prefabricated and panelized.

16 gauge HD studs are covered with our specialty insulated sheathing.

The best American made windows are installed and flashed and the entire exterior surface is covered with premium ice and water shield.

Trade ready steel joists are pre cut, spiral staircases and ceiling components are configured.

All this prefabrication means your project will erect and be dried in within days not weeks.

In and out of the factory in 4 weeks.

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Q cabin fabrication

Q Cabin Steel wall cavity

Q Cabins steel walls

The final step is construction.

Now, while it is not possible to predict the length of your build at this time, I can say that a Q Cabin Kit can be built 5-6 weeks faster than a conventionally wood framed home of similar size.

Anticipate a 3-6 month duration.

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Completed q cabin construction

What does this all mean?

If you started today, February 1st, you could be celebrating with the family on the porch of your Q Cabin by the 4th of July.

And if you are not looking at this on February 1st, you’ve got a more clear idea of the time frame for getting into your very own Q Cabin.

Plus, this gives you an idea of how you can rebuild quickly and affordably with a Q Cabin if you’ve suffered property loss due to fire or natural disaster.

Are you ready to get started? It’s simple.

Send us an email HERE or give me, Vern, a call today at (415) 533-7094.

Design Horizons

Q Cabin Custom Design Package


A Q Cabin Kit or a Wood Framed House?


Q Cabin Kits are an all steel structure that are eco-friendly, fire resistant and structurally superior to wood frame homes. The prefabricated steel framing offers many advantages over traditional wood framing.

How so?

Let’s start by comparing the material list and length of construction time to achieve a dried in shell for a 1,400 sqft conventionally framed home versus the 1,400 sqft Mountaineer Q Cabin Kit.

The 1400 sqft conventionally framed home has over 2,000 individual components that all must be cut to length (then cut to the right length), positioned, and fastened.

Each one of these 6000 tasks takes expensive field labor to achieve.

The average conventionally framed home takes 4-6 weeks of labor billing for a 4 man crew.  The tool list required to achieve this is almost as long as the material list.  Framing subcontractors come loaded for bear with trailers of tools.  Each tool needing to be taken out and put away every day.

A factory setting like the Q Cabin Kits are built in is over 75% more time efficient than field construction.  Prefabrication is the way of the future for all construction.

A 1,400 sqft prefabricated Mountaineer Q Cabin Kit has exactly 130 field components and can be installed in 7 days by a 4 man crew.

A Q Cabin Kit including the canvas ceiling option and the spiral staircase option can save over 1000 hours of expensive and slow field labor.

Q Cabin Kits are field inspected by local building officials the same as their wood counterpart.

Next let’s compare the environmental features of the conventional wood framed home vs the all steel construction of the Q Cabin Kits.

The average conventional wood framed home consumes 15,000 board ft of lumber or 30 average sized trees. The Q Cabin Kits do use some wood, about 500 board ft or 1 average sized tree.

Our all steel construction including roof, walls, and floor are composed of over 50% recycled steel.

Q Cabin Kits are a more sustainable way to build and will outlast their wood counterpoints by decades.

Metal wall cavities do not harbor molds and are not susceptible to pests like termites.

Once mold has established itself in a wood wall cavity it will never go away, and keep in mind molds are the number one cause of unhealthy interior environments.

The cost of routine pest control adds up and structural termite damage can be catastrophic.

Finally, let’s compare the quality of field wood framing versus prefabricated steel framing.

Q Cabin Steel wall cavity

I think it is quite obvious that today’s lumber is substandard.  It comes to the jobsite wet and ready to twist.  The cull rate on a bunk of stud material is 20%.  Most lumber yards will replace that 20% but what a waste of material and time.

If you laid a steel stud and a wood stud in a field you would see in about a week that the wood stud is unusable and that after 20 years the metal stud would still be straight and strong.

It is nothing for a wood framed building to have a 1/2″ difference in the center plain of 2 studs right next to each other.

This results in terrible finishes that cause problems for the lifetime of the house.

When a problem arises with a wood framed wall like cracked sheetrock or stuck windows and doors it is always blamed on shrinking lumber that is drying out as the house ages its first year.

That same wet wood is making mold inside the wall cavity that worsens for the entire life of the house.

The Q Cabin Kit walls are perfectly straight and true and remain that way forever.

As you can see, there are all sorts of really good reasons to choose prefabricated steel framing when it comes time to build your next home.

You can see all of the benefits of choosing an option like Q Cabins Kits on the home page.

Want to make it super easy to get started? Or maybe you have more detailed questions?

Send us an email HERE of give me, Vern, a call today at (415) 533-7094.

Q Cabin Custom Design Package


Rebuild Quickly and Affordably With Q Cabins

Last time you heard from me we talked about the fire resistant features of the Q Cabins, and why that is so important.

Today I want to get a little more local.

Were you impacted by the 2017 fires? Do you have family or friends that were impacted by the fires?

It doesn’t even need to be the recent fires. Landslides? Fires from a few years back?

I’m asking because the Q Cabin Kits are likely your best option to get back into a home and rebuild quickly and affordably.

A completed Q Cabin home is under $275/sqft and can be completed faster than traditional stick built homes.

Design Horizons is here to handle your permit coordination and provide construction estimates to get your project moving.

We are a licensed California contractor (Design Horizons CA #812762) and we have crews available to start your foundation immediately.

A Q Cabin will give you the peace of mind that you will never suffer a total loss again from fire. Q Cabin homes are non-combustible.

If you know of anyone who has the need or the want to build or rebuild quickly, they need to see this and learn more about our great product.

Please forward this on to them.

To learn more about all of the great benefits of Q Cabins and how you can rest easy with your investment, visit out the Home page HERE or go ahead and give me – Vern – a call now at (415) 533-7094 and I’ll be happy to answer any and all questions you might have.

If you prefer, you can also send me an email HERE.

And this is not JUST for those who have suffered loss.

Q Cabins are perfect for anyone who has some land and wants to quickly and efficiently build a home that is environmentally friendly and will last a lifetime. Or longer.

Q Cabin Custom Design Package