Ryzen Homes Blog

Ryzen Homes blog. Providing tips and information on building a new modular home or panelized home in Maine and New Hampshire.

Maine Prefab Homes - Save Thousands by Building Prefab

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Modular homes or "Prefab homes" as they are often called are a great way to build the new home you want and save thousands in the process. The NAHB in cooperation with PATH did several studies on the cost savings for prefab homes. What they discovered is that by using a prefab home building system like modular or panelized construction there was less waste, less shrinkage (theft of material), less cost overruns, less delays in the construction schedule, increase buyer power on materials/labor, significant labor efficiencies, and less money spent on construction loans and interest payments.

At Ryzen Homes, we are seeing an averaging savings of around 5-10% depending on the project and taking into account all the issues listed above. This is a signficant amoutn of money that can be saved when building a new prefab home in Maine. Whether you are building a $150,000 home or $500,000 custom waterfront home, you can expect to save $7,500 to $25,000 or more on the cost of your new home.

Advantages of panelized homes and what they are.

Monday, February 23, 2009
Panelization, the most widely-used form of systems-building, refers to a construction method where housing components are prefabricated in a climate-controlled facility before being shipped to a home site.

  • A majority of today’s production and portfolio builders use factory-made floor and roof trusses, the most commonly known form of panelization.

  • Component panel types include simple pre-cut floor and roof trusses and strong and efficient structural insulated panels (SIPs).
  • Geodesic domes, the highly energy-efficient housing pioneered by Bukminster Fuller are constructed of hundreds of triangular panels. The National Dome Council is part of the BSC’s Panelized Council.
  • A BSC study, in conjunction with the Wood Truss Council of American, found that construction of a 2,600 sq. ft. home with trusses and panels used 26% less lumber, generated 76% less waste, and was constructed in just 37% of the man hours of a similar, stick-built home.
I personally love panelized homes. They do tend to cost more then modular homes, but offer incredible design flexibility, construction speed, and virtually unlimited customization. Building a custom panelized home in Maine and New Hamsphire is a great idea. Forget trying to build a custom home stick by stick, its time to use a building system to help get you in your new home faster, at less cost, and with more precision.