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wdsfr1968 07-27-2006 08:35 AM

Panelized housing
Has anyone had any experiences with panelized housing where they deliver the walls and roofing already constructed ?

joasis 07-27-2006 03:51 PM

From the nature of your posts, you are certainly interested in a new home...what you may want to do (since I do not know your location) is get an idea of what contractors are charging for new home construction in your area....if you can seriously do some of the work, deduct accordingly to get a price (price per sq/ft.). I heard you mention 3000 sq/ft. Ok, if that were here, in Oklahoma, it would cost you a minimum of $60 a sq/ft on a lot you already own for a no frills/no trim basic single level home. I realistic number is more like $75 for most basic homes. Now you can subract what you can honestly do, and be really honest with yourself about your is one thing to say "I can wire it" or "I can do all my own plumbing" and be all good, but in reality, this isn't like adding a room or a weekend warrior job on a bathroom...I have seen guys want to have a framer put the house up, and they take looks great to begin work, but do you really have the time? Maybe you should have a contractor dry in a house for you....and then you take over from there....some contractors will offer a deal on a dry in only home, leaving you the task of drywall and trim, interior doors, hvac, plumbing trim and electrical might be surprised.....if you can really handle the load from that point. Another bonus if you can do it from dry in, is the house will be up quickly, since the framing/sheating/roofing/ and windows and doors will go quickly.

A panelized home, and I am just learning about them, does not strike me as a DIY project, but I may be wrong...good luck.

wdsfr1968 07-28-2006 09:15 AM

panelized homes
I was just wondering if anyone on this site has every built a panelized house. Just looking for feedback on this route as it seems like you can save a bit of money. I agree that sometimes it doesn't look like much work until you get into actually doing it.

I was going to have framers put up the panelized house which includes the frame, doors, windows and shingles. I would sub out the electrical, plumbing, hvac and foundation.

Really the only things I would be doing are the drywall, flooring, kitchen cabinets, bathrooms and all the trim work.

DaveH 07-29-2006 07:14 AM

I have built panelized homes and commercial buildings. There are few positives I can give you. The chances of the foundation and home matching up are slim. You can't fix problems nearly as easy with panelized homes because it shows up...goes up, and you are stuck. It only takes a little more time for a good crew to stick frame a house, and modifications can be made on the fly. Also you can inspect the work being done as it happens. I had an experience with a panelized house not being nailed together properly. I contacted the supplier, and they told me that it was inspected in the factory, and if I required more fasteners I would need to put them in myself. We had studs nailed of with 1 nail top and bottom. Not what I would call quality. By the time I went thru and toe-nailed all the studs in I had as much time involved as I would have just stick framing it. I also was left with the question of did I get them all?...Go stick my friend...Go stick!!!

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