Prefabricated Homes Primer

Written by Diane Takahashi

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7. Timberframe

Timber framing is a specific type of post and beam construction in which a frame is created from solid wood timbers that are then connected by any one ofrepparttar following wooden joints: mortise and tenon, dovetails, or scarfs secured with hardwood pegs. The frame is covered with any one of a number of enclosure systems. Normallyrepparttar 100126 timbers remain exposed torepparttar 100127 interior ofrepparttar 100128 building.

Timber frame structures exhibit a strength and aesthetic quality not found in conventionally framed houses. The timbers are pre-cut, shaped, and finished atrepparttar 100129 factory, then sent torepparttar 100130 construction site, where they can be quickly assembled by a crew, using cranes to liftrepparttar 100131 bents and beams into place. Joinery isrepparttar 100132 heart ofrepparttar 100133 entire structure.

8. Log

Log homes provide their owners with a comforting and relaxing sense of informality and simplicity. The mass of logs produces heating and cooling benefits, and reduces noise transmission into and throughoutrepparttar 100134 home. These are very attractive characteristics, but there are also challenges in construction and limitations in decorating. These aspects require special design considerations and have unusual maintenance requirements. Basic Kits Are...

WALLS ONLY: The walls-only log home package includes allrepparttar 100135 logs forrepparttar 100136 outside walls, including fasteners. Roof beams and staircases may be added.

STRUCTURAL SHELL: Shell This package includes everything that's inrepparttar 100137 walls-only package, plus all components necessary to keeprepparttar 100138 weather out, such as exterior doors, windows, andrepparttar 100139 roofing system.

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: Complete packages also includes interior components required to finish log homes. Such items include interior walls, stairs, closets, interior doors and trim.

9. Circular

The circle isrepparttar 100140 strongest geometrical shape we recognize, and this factor likely influenced builders of circular homes for thousands of years. Prefabricated circular buildings have been built as cabins, studios, homes, offices or community halls and convention centers.

Most of today's prefabricated circular homes and cabins offered acrossrepparttar 100141 country use conventional wood-frame or post & beam construction method. These homes and cabins are ideally suited to takerepparttar 100142 full advantage of locations offering exciting panoramic views, and to incorporate factor ofrepparttar 100143 surroundings intorepparttar 100144 home design.

10. Dome

Geodesic Dome is using triangular networks forming hexagons and pentagons and creating a free-span, spacious environment of spherically shaped structure requiring no internal supports. This results in large flexibility for utilizing interior space to implement floor designs not limited by structural restrictions. Because ofrepparttar 100145 structural strength ofrepparttar 100146 shape,repparttar 100147 domes have a far better record of withstanding tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes than cube-shaped structures of conventional homes. Advantages...

MATERIAL COSTS: Geodesic domes providerepparttar 100148 greatest amount of floor area withrepparttar 100149 least amount of surface area, reducingrepparttar 100150 quantity of needed building material by as much as 30-50%.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY: As a result ofrepparttar 100151 shape,repparttar 100152 dome has approximately 30-50% less roof and wall area than cube-shaped home of equal floor space. This results in lesser area being exposed torepparttar 100153 elements, resulting in reduction in heating and cooling costs of dome shaped structures. Also,repparttar 100154 spherical shape ofrepparttar 100155 dome facilitates natural air flow yielding more even temperatures maximizing overall interior temperature comfort.


As a result of complicated angles,repparttar 100156 interior and exterior finishing ofrepparttar 100157 dome (after speedy assembly ofrepparttar 100158 prefabricated shell) is significantly more labor intensive than finishingrepparttar 100159 conventional house. Also,repparttar 100160 finishing work requires highly skilled or specialized tradesmen which might not be available at every location. These factors might present welcoming challenge forrepparttar 100161 skilled handyman/homebuilder, but would create substantial cost outlay if hired labor is considered.

Diane is co-creator of the Prefabricated Homes and Buildings website, PrefabExpo, located on the Internet at and enjoys showing buyers everything that's available to them in the way of Prefabricated homes, cabins and buildings.

Spring Into Action: Home Maintenance

Written by Wallace J. Conway

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Amateur Workmanship. When something looks like an amateur did it, that means an amateur did it, even ifrepparttar perpetrator was paid for his work! When amateurs do things,repparttar 100125 materials are often improper forrepparttar 100126 intended purpose or of poor quality. Many times they are both. Seldom are proper permits pulled or inspections performed when work is performed by amateurs. Amateur work is also difficult to maintain. Amateur work andrepparttar 100127 people who perform it always complicate a closing.

Wood Rot. Closing contracts sure would be simpler without wood rot. It sure would be nice to see a home listed that said "clear WDO on file". Consider doingrepparttar 100128 WDO inspection atrepparttar 100129 time of listing to greatly reducerepparttar 100130 greatest challenge in Florida real estate. The act of selling real estate can be made simpler, more enjoyable, and more profitable by educating buyers and sellers about preventative maintenance. Spring is a time of renewal - renew your interest in home care and take a few simple steps to keep safe, comfortable, and ready for some summer sun!

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Wally Conway is President of Florida HomePro Inspections, and has recently written a book entitled "Secrets of the Happy Home Inspector", available at As a speaker, writer, and instructor, Wally blends the right amount of up-to-date information with just the right amount of humor, insight, motivation, and real-world application. Visit for more information!

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