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Old 12-15-2006, 06:44 PM   #1
 
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What are the saving by doing panelization wall framing! I have an Idea but I would like others input and suggestions! I've attached some details and layouts etc. etc....
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Old 12-15-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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Savings compared to??

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They seem to be cheaper than stick built. As the factorys have bridge nailers that set all the nails in a wall at wonce. As long as all specs on the foundation and feild built sub-floor are with in tolerance then they come out great. Just don't let them prefab the stairs. I have neve been impressed with the way some companys build prefabs stairs.
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Old 12-18-2006, 09:23 AM   #4
 
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Compared to conventional stick framing on site! I'm not going to have a prefab manufacturer do this for me. I'm a detail draftsman and have been for 12 years. I work were there are 10 ton overhead cranes, tables saws etc. etc.... I will be able to construct the walls, sheathing, electrical outlets, pre-drill for plumbing & electrical! I know you see these 3D programs that create a pretty picture but, the software I use is far form pretty little pictures. If I were to build a house complete, top to bottom on my software. I could run an interference check on the whole assembly. It's quite amazing. This assures that everything fits and you can find the problem before you even think about breaking ground!!! Extimating is a cinch! The design aspect takes a little longer. My wife love it because I can basically give here a virtual tour of the house. Basically you won't have your costomer during construction saying "that's not what I thought it would look like" and want you to fix for free!!! Anyway, Guys/Gals, this isn't AUTOCAD.

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My question is, which is cheaper?

1. stick frame on site, subcontractor labor, and material handeling.

2. panelizing off site, transporting after panelized, my labor and material handeling. I sure hope I can read my detailed drawings!!
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Old 12-18-2006, 10:06 AM   #5
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All you need to do is provide your detailed plans to your subciontractor and ask for a bid. Subtract what your material costs would be to do it yourself and you'll have your cost savings. No one here can tell you what your subcontractors bid will be.
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I've seen a few panel systems come and go but your system might be the one to take hold. You'd probably have some time is selling it to evey individual building department, some would be easy and some not so easy.

Probly won't be long before they build the whole house in China and drop them on site over here. I'm sure they are scheming every day on the how too's.

Sounds like you would be a good salesman for your panelized system.
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Thanks for the input! No I'm not a salesman and I don't know that I could BS my way through anything. However I do feel that this could be a great way to speed up construction and quality control!!! Also you could build Custom homes not just spec's!! Are there any GC's that you know that use Panelization and how did it go for them?? This question is for anyone reading.

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Quadrant home builts mostly panel house's around here. Their sub is Woodinville Lumber/Construction service's. Quadrant is a Weyerhauser subsidary and and WL uses weyerhauser product's. They build every thing except the 1st subfloor and roof at the factory. They even build the truss's. I believe they can beat a big time stick builder in price. However most are small crew's with small overhead.
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The problem with having electrical boxes in the wall is that they can't get wet. I have seen guy have to rip out their boxes because they got wet. They started the job while the roofing was being layed. Got caught in a summer storm
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I have seen some prefab homes with what we call 'Plug and Play' electrics and plumbing. There is absolutely NOTHING that you could foul up.

I have also only done a few of these for one company, others may be different.

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