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    Prefab DIY (Do It Yourself) notes Prefab DIY (Do It Yourself) notes Presentation Transcript

    • Prefab  Do  It  Yourself  (DIY)  Notes  
    • Prefab  housing  packages  include  kits  for  do-­‐it-­‐yourselfers,  but  frequently  contractors   complete  a  prefab  house  on  the  building  site.  So  if  you  find  a  style  you  like,  you  can   either  complete  it  yourself  or  hire  someone  to  complete  the  project  for  you.   Prefab  houses  are  a  great  way  for  a  beginner  or  someone  with  budget  constraints  to  get   started  on  a  ?ny  house.  A  book  usually  comes  with  plans  and  instruc?ons  to  complete  a   project  with  common  building  materials.     Two  popular  types  of  prefab  homes  are  modular  homes  and  panelized  homes.  Both  of   these  methods  produce  tradi?onal  styles  of  houses.  Finish  work  usually  including  drywall   and  trim  is  completed  aEer  the  main  structure  is  assembled  and  passes  inspec?on.  In   most  places,  prefab  houses  must  be  approved  by  a  local  building  inspector  while  the   plumbing  and  wiring  is  s?ll  visible  in  the  walls  and  aEer  the  house  is  finished.     PuHng  together  a  modular  home  is  a  bit  like  stacking  toy  building  block,  but  more   complicated.  Depending  on  the  design  of  the  home  and  the  distance  from  the   manufacturer  to  the  building  site,  each  block  may  be  an  en?re  house,  a  room,  groups  of   rooms  or  only  a  por?on  of  a  room.Both  interior  and  exterior  walls  of  panelized  homes   are  built  in  sec?ons  or  panels  prior  to  delivery  to  the  home  site.  Some?mes,  siding  has   already  been  added  at  the  manufacturing  plant,  but  usually  it's  installed  aEer  the  shell  of   the  house  is  assembled.  
    • It  is  quite  simple  to  pick  out  the  home  of  your  dreams  with  prefab  housing.  With  infinite   earth  sheltered  designs  prefab  homes  are  constructed  with  high  strength  modules.  Once   the  concrete  pad  is  ready  the  vaulted  structures  can  be  erected  without  heavy  equipment   or  highly  skilled  craEsmen.  Modules  are  designed,  water  ?ght  when  bolted  and  glued   together.  Ribs  engineered  into  the  modules  add  strength  and  allow  rou?ng  of  electrical  and   other  u?li?es.     Prefabs  are  growing  greener  and  cheaper  as  people  realize  that  modular  pieces  are  not  just   a  great  way  to  save  money  and  improve  the  planet,  but  also  put  design  back  in  the  hands  of   the  masses.  Whether  or  not  real  kits  are  produced  made  and  available  for  sale  from  this   seed  of  a  design,  the  commercial  green  house  industry  has  much  it  could  learn  from  such   examples.