Post # 1
So I’ve been doing some very early planning since my SO wants to build a house after we get married and before we start TTC in about 5 years or so. Anyway, I found the other day some stuff on panelized homes and was wondering if anyone had ever bought or built one before and did you think it was better or the same as a regular stick build?
Post # 3
we’re looking at buying a prefab. My word of advise: stay on them about every detail. We know a couple that bought one, picked laminate floor, and when the house was assembled, they had a strip of something right through the middle of their kitchen/dinning room that joined the two halves of the floor together. It was that stuff that covers seams when you go from laminate to hardwood or carpet. Know what i mean?
Post # 4
@anotherbee: I think you mean a threshold?
Post # 5
@ Tarheelgurl we did a LOT of research on these & talked to 3 different companies in our area (NJ/PA) and really did not like the quality of the products they used. We asked if we decieded to use our own kitchen cabinets, they would credit us the cost of the cabinet but not the labor they charged.
Also the model home one company showed us had holes cut in the sheetrock ALL over b/c some one installing the sheetrock drilled through the plastic water line & they needed to find the leak… I know that happens, but come on, thats the BEST house you have to show me??
Post # 6
Thanks everyone for the quick feedback.
@anotherbee: Yeah I would definitely keep on top of everything. I’m trying to do as much research as I can beforehand so I can be good at keeping an eye on the work they would be doing.
@Ms.VW: This is sort of my fear. We live in rural Canada and I’m sort of scared that no company here will be able to do decent work. Luckily we have a few years for me to keep looking before we come up with a permanent plan.
Post # 7
There are a lot of prefab places about 2.5 hours from me, it’s really big out in that area which is more rural. We looked at a couple of prefab homes that were already built when we were buying (that looked exactly like our stick built home – same style/size) but in the end decided against it. While there is nothing wrong with most of them (some argue they are better because they are built inside instead of out in the elements and only pieced together outside) there is still a stigma in my area attached to them. We were concerned about the resale value of it.