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Building a New Home in Maine and New Hampshire - Are We Stick Stuck?

Monday, April 06, 2009
Why are we stuck on stick built construction in the US versus Modular Building Systems?

I came across a great article on Building Systems Magazine in regards to the United States home building market being dominated by old fashioned building techniques. Home building has evolved greatly and with modular home building technology and panelized systems gaining more and more market share, there is a lot of hope that we can economize the home building process similar to the automobile market.

The climate in Maine and New Hampshire makes life very difficult when building a new home. Using a building system can help make life a lot easier on the client and the builder. Modular homes come up to 90% complete when delivered to the job site. This allows us to complete your home a lot quicker, for less money, and protect it from the elements.

Read the full article called "Stick Stuck by Sarah Williams Goldhagen.

"Technologically, there is no reason why houses, like cars, cannot be mass-produced, and in other countries they are constructed that way. Prefabricated, mass-produced homes, like mass-produced cars, offer myriad advantages. Fewer resources, material and labor, are wasted. Weather does not dictate construction schedules. Higher and consistent quality is more easily and reliably achieved, because the product is fabricated in the controlled setting of a manufacturing plant, with all the attendant cost advantages. The Swedish residential building industry has long been dominated by prefabricated construction: nationally uniform building systems made possible an abundance of companies manufacturing high quality kit and modular homes and prefabricated housing components. By the 1980s, prefabrication was used in 85 percent of new residential construction. (Not surprisingly, Sweden-based Ikea offers its own prefabricated house.)"