We may, just may, be getting closer to getting our metal building built! Hooray! The “pad” is ready now, and a part of the building has been delivered. They tried to deliver the whole thing, but the truck was too big to make the turn into our driveway and they had to take it back to the main store. So now they have to deliver it in different loads, but hey, it’s progress! We’ll be down there over the weekend, and we are hoping they’ll be able to start while we’re there. We’re very optimistic people.
So, last time I talked about Modular Construction, I included an article explaining what it is, how it’s different from a “stick built” home, and the pros and cons. You’d think I was working for a modular construction firm. What I’m really trying to do is figure out of this is a viable alternative to building the entire house from scratch, or if we can incorporate at least “some” modular sections.
Now I’ve heard another term in addition to modular - panelized! It’s similar to modular in that it is built off-site, but according to the National Association of Home Builders, it’s “a construction technique that uses advanced technology, quality materials and a controlled work environment to build floor, wall and roof systems to construct an energy-efficient home in less time.”
It sounds like the walls, and floors and the roof are built off-site, just like the modular homes, but instead of being trucked down in “modules” or whole components, it is trucked in “panels”. For now, it seems the most common use of these panelized firms is for the pre-building of floor and roof trusses. Now that we realize the truck hauling the metal building couldn’t make it down our driveway, we might have to use a panelized construction firm instead of a modular one if we want to do part of our house this way! I have yet to figure out, however, if they would be able to construct panels according to plans that I have, rather than having to use plans that they offer. They do say they can customize the plans they offer, but we already have our plans.
There are panelized firms, according to Design Basics LLC. that will help you through the entire building process, but many whose involvement ends with the delivery of the materials. Other manufacturers will provide a small crew and a crane to help your general contractor.
Our previous builder, who, as you know, moved away and left us, would be able to find all this out, as he already dealt with a modular builder and incorporated even just parts of the house the modular way if you wanted. He was very flexible and I guess he had a good relationship with that company, so he didn’t have to buy the “whole” house. He would, I know, find out about these panel manufacturers and let us know if this was a viable way to go. I wish he’d move back to Maryland.
I’ll be looking more into both these options and will report back. In the meantime, if anyone has any experience with either the modular or panelized type of building, please let us know! We’d love to hear anything about it from the consumer’s point of view!