If you are considering building your home or wanting to act as the owner builder you need every advantage you can get. For most, the biggest advantage is to streamline the home's framing process.
This certain phase of the building project constitutes a large portion of the building budget. Every penny saved here will lower your overall construction budget and in the end save you time and money. Here are a few reasons why prefab construction is a great solution for those considering doing it yourself:
- Prefab walls are square, straight, and level: A home that isn't square, straight and level is going to cause problems when it comes to laying floors, tile, cabinets, drywall and even when placing furniture. It can also greatly lengthen the time it takes to build.
- Framed to accept insulation: Proper framing allows for easy installation of insulation in the most efficient manner. Subtle deficiencies in framing can undermine the entire insulation job.
- The right materials for framing: You have choices. Wood stick framing, steel framing, SIP panel framing are just some of your options. As a do-it-yourselfer, do you know how to frame with your choice of materials?
Prefab Wall Systems (Panelized)
Prefab wall framing could be the solution for the DIY home builder who is not a framing expert. The do-it-yourselfer needs to pick and choose the labor he'll perform himself. If you have some experience with building, yet are not well-versed in the best framing techniques, pre-framed wall systems can help a lot.
Typically, panelizing companies will ship wall sections to your job site in manageable sizes of 5 to 12 feet in length on average. These wall sections have door and window headers already installed. You'll have a schematic that shows where everything goes with proper identification on each panel for placement.
Choose Your Prefab Builder Carefully
It's an absolute must to inspect the company who'll be making your walls. If you don't have the experience yourself, have a framing contractor inspect their work before you choose the supplier. I would encourage you to ask for referrals and talk with customers that have already gone through the process. Just a few phone calls could make all the difference.
Despite the fact you have panelized or pre-framed walls, they still have to be erected and connected properly. It is always a good idea to have at least one experienced framer either on the job or on call. As a DIY home builder, use your time wisely. Don't do things that you're not familiar with. And make sure that your framing job is top notch. The main reasons for using panelized walls are to save time and ensure quality. Demand quality. Your house depends on it.