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Offline Mopowers

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Prefab mixed with traditional construction
« on: January 06, 2013, 03:50 PM »
The recent post on the Huf Haus got me thinking a lot about my own building techniques. Then seeing Kregs encouraging post to share i figured i would post up.

I am constantly trying to become more efficient and streamlined in my building. Always looking for ways to build with less manpower, less wast and less resources. I think 24" on center and advanced framing should be the norm not the exception.  Ceiling strapping and occasionally floor joists are the only 16" centers i use. Building my own house out of pocket on a ridiculously small budget really got me to start thinking outside the box. I could not afford to hire help and could only rely on the occasional help from a friend on the weekend. My solution was to build the house in stages. I built a temporary roof system that could be removed and replaced when i had time and money to work on it. Most of the house was build in components or sections laying flat in the driveway. When i was ready to go up a story i would have a crane come, remove the temp roof, spend a day setting the premade walls then replace the roof. It took me two years and three visits from the crane.

 I think this technique has its place in some circumstances. Prefabricating components for time sensitive projects (large additions, dormers to existing homes) could really change the scope of a project for a homeowner. Just be darn sure you are well planed and have your measurements right. I am however not yet convinced that i could build a new construction home in pieces on site and assemble it faster than i could conventionally frame it.

Here is a video i made of the assembly of my roof system. After building the walls and cutting all the parts days before it took a friend and i six hours with the help of a crane to put it together and sheath one side.
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Offline Jalvis

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Re: Prefab mixed with traditional construction
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 04:07 PM »
Thanks for sharing.  With a will theres a way and you are proof of smart will power. 

My area is littered with poor building practices and considerable waste by not adopting the methods you described.  Sadly this is one of the smaller problems to overcome in the residential building world.

Offline tjbnwi

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Re: Prefab mixed with traditional construction
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 04:13 PM »
In this case, I will say it is very skilled labor that made it work. To prefab and have everything fit on a roof takes a lot of skill and confidence. Nice job, hope your enjoying the home.


Offline 3PedalMINI

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Re: Prefab mixed with traditional construction
« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013, 09:07 PM »
Very Clever! I also think the reason why your system worked well for you is because of advances in the Building Industry, Largly in part because of the Zip System which I think is absolutely revolutionary.

Nice looking home  [smile]
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