Prefab Home to Help With Healdsburg Fire Rebuilding
Eight months after their home was destroyed by fire last July, Healdsburg residents Gail and Steve Ryan are now looking to use a new type of prefab construction to rebuild on their original foundation. "The home comes in preassembled sections," said Steve Ryan of the new plans with Elk Grove-based Pacific Modern Homes.
Small Home, Big Value
Automated Builder Magazine
Per the graph above, from Automated Builder Magazine, 50% of the homes built in America in 2009 were panelized (many by PMHI) and 39% of the homes were job site built or stick built.
There are reasons for using Panels:
- Faster construction time
- Lower costs
- Better quality
Quality Homes in a Snap
IF SOMEONE TELLS PROSPECTIVE HOMEOWNERS they can assemble the key pieces of a beautiful custom home in just hours, most stop in their tracks and ask how. And when they learn about a remarkable panelized wall and roof truss system that saves time as well as money, most ask where they can sign up.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, more Californians than ever before are purchasing panelized building systems to build homes and other structures. The process begins in a climatecontrolled facility where skilled craftsmen carefully construct a home’s essential structural components from raw materials into perfectly sized panels. Upon completion, the panels are loaded onto a truck for delivery to the site. With the help of as few as four laborers, the walls pop up with windows intact, room dividers in place, and trusses ready for the roof.
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Building an Affordable House
Building an Affordable House is a very useful book, full of examples and suggestions about how to build your new home more economically. So, why would we suggest this book? Simple, one of the construction techniques suggested is the use of wall panels and roof trusses. The author, Fernando Pages Ruiz, even goes so far as to predict, "Prefabrication is the future".
Mr. Ruiz further explains his belief in wall panels in an article he wrote for the March 2005 issue of Fine Homebuilding titled "Better Framing with Factory-Built Walls".