Do-It-Yourself

Designed for DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Residential Owner-builders

am-cor Kits are de­signed with DIY (Do It Your­self) con­tract­ors & own­er-build­ers in mind.

Choose from our Standard Kits, and let us know about your pro­ject!

Do It Your­self

 

mix it up!

Yes, you can!

 

First, check out 

Kit Contents

, and see the 

Project Checklist

.

Next, make sure you un­der­stand the ex­ample 

Construction Sequence

.

Pre­par­a­tion

In or­der to as­semble your Kit, you will need the fol­low­ing items:

  • DIY stucco tools
    an am-cor Kit
  • Sand (build­er's sharp)
  • Wa­ter
  • Stand­ard Port­land ce­ment
  • Roof­ing (if you choose not to use an am­cor­ite™ roof)
  • Open­ings (doors & win­dows)
    • We can in­clude these as an Op­tion with your Kit
    • Please contact us with your pref­er­en­ces

Next up is labor. At the least, you will need two able-bod­ied in­di­vidu­als, who can read the in­cluded Field Manu­al and do ba­sic arith­met­ic. For a 1000 sq.ft. house, such as Kit - 349, a crew of 4-6 is good.

Kit As­sembly

The wall, roof, floor & par­ti­tion pan­els which make up your Kit are light, and are de­signed to be lif­ted by two people.

  1. First, line out and trench for your foot­ings, spread gravel in the trench to make sure its com­pletely level
  2. Place the am-cor Foot­ing Tray pan­els in­to the trench, fact­ory made corner trays help make the found­a­tion square
  3. Then ex­ter­i­or walls, am-cor pan­el place­ment is easy & fast. All pan­els are keyed to your Field Manu­al, and fit to­geth­er eas­ily.
  4. Now you pour the floor slab, em­bed­ding the ex­ter­i­or wall pan­els in the slab. The pan­els re­place stand­ard slab edge form­work and re­bar re­in­for­cing, sav­ing a good bit of time, money, and ma­ter­i­al.
  5. After you've placed the wall pan­els, you need to set your doors & win­dows. am-cor wall pan­els are pre­fab­ric­ated to the ex­act di­men­sions of your open­ings, so pla­cing your doors & win­dows is just a few screws with the screw­guns in­cluded in the Equip­ment Kit.  Mask ex­ter­i­or doors & win­dows be­fore am­cor­ite ap­plic­a­tion.
  6. Next, you need to ap­ply the am­cor­ite™ struc­tur­al stucco coat. If you've nev­er stuc­coed be­fore, don't worry. The rough coat doesn't need to look pretty, it just needs to be mixed prop­erly (again, fol­low­ing the Field Manu­al) and ap­plied re­l­at­ively evenly.
  7. From here you can in­stall roof­ing ma­ter­i­al, if your Kit calls for it.

Con­grat­u­la­tions, you've fin­ished the dried-in shell!

Fin­ish­ing

 

Now, fin­ish out the shell with stand­ard trades:

  • your choice of in­su­la­tion
  • elec­tric­al
  • plumb­ing
  • in­teri­or hard­ware & fix­tures (doors, cab­in­ets, lights)
  • in­teri­or fin­ishes (dry­wall & paint­ing)
  • ex­ter­i­or fin­ishes (stucco, brick, stone­work, sid­ing, etc.)

And that's it, a fin­ished Kit!

NB: Ser­vice in­stall­a­tion (elec­tric­al & plumb­ing) should be easi­er and cheap­er with the am-cor Sys­tem than with stand­ard con­struc­tion.  All walls in an am-cor Kit are hol­low, and rafters, joists, and studs are pre­punched for ser­vices - this means no drilling or chip­ping is re­quired.

What's Next

If you've made it this far, you'll be in­ter­ested in the Pro­ject Check­list & Sample Budget be­low.  Also be sure to check­out the Kit Assembly sec­tion, which has con­struc­tion de­tails. am-cor Field Manu­al ex­cerpts, and best prac­tices for each step above.

Have ques­tions or com­ments? Please Link - contact us for more in­form­a­tion.

  • Project Checklist: A comprehensive checklist for planning your am‑cor Project

  • QuickBudget: Example am-cor Kit Construction Cost Estimate