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Old 03-28-2011, 01:40 AM   #1
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Just found this site. like it a lot so far. anyways, We want to build a new home here in Iowa. we are torn between "stick built" & modular. I just want someone to "close in" (frame, sheet, shingle, windows) the stick built, and I would do the rest or sub it out myself. I think I could do this cheaper than goin modular. Any ideas/comments would help.Thanks


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Old 03-28-2011, 06:11 AM   #2
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By modular, are you referring to most of the mechanicals being completed off-site plus interior finishes, or are you thinking "panelized", having the framing done off-site and then stood up on the foundation?


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Old 03-28-2011, 07:09 AM   #3
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The area where you want to live, "Iowa" tells it all. You want a house to be able to stand up against the weather which I'm under the opinion can be pretty brutal. I'm thinking 2x6 exterier walls with 1 1/2 inch thick insulation panals on the outside, with rolled insulation between studs. Its when you look at that fuel bill and say I could be buying a new car with that kind of money. Keep in mind with thicker walls, the building industry like doors and window makers are built for 4 inch walls , but you can make them work. Think warmer ,not cute.
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Will you need a loan to build this house? If so, you'll likely need a licensed general contractor's name on the contract (unless you are one). Otherwise, it could be very difficult to get a loan.

Sometimes you can find a licensed gc who will "lend" his name and let you do some or all of the work.
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