Prefab Homes

Landmark’s Prefabricated homes are making it easier for you to achieve your goal of new homeownership.

Landmark’s panelized prefabricated homes and design process allow you to design and build the home you want anywhere in the United States and internationally.

Does anyone know what “prefab”, “prefabricated” or “kit homes” means in relation to new home building?

The terms are broad in scope but in reality cover all types of building methods.  Many people also refer to them as “kit homes.”  “prefab”, “prefabricated”  and “kit homes” are relatively generic terms which can span a variety of building methods but don’t completely define the exact building method.

We will clear up the confusion and show some of the benefits of each.

“Kit home” basically refers to a building kit of some components to build a home.  The difference is in what materials are provided.  There is not a standardized list of items included to allow it to be called a “kit house” or “kit home.”   Some contain finishing materials such as kitchens, siding, windows, doors, etc and others provide plans and the wood structure.

Landmark Home and Land Company provides the plans, engineering, energy and green codes that are matched to the panelized building system.  This allows our customers to personalize and customize their homes by selecting their own finishing materials.  You are not limited to any choices.  You can choose your own windows, doors, siding, cabinets, flooring, etc from local suppliers.

We take care of the plans for permits and structural issues while you take care of the finishing materials so the home is just the want you want it.

“Prefab”, short for prefabricated, covers a broad range of building process.   It covers prefabricated manufactured homes, prefab modular, prefab panelized and also custom stick built homes which use prefabricated roof trusses.

Prefabricated panelized home packages, as Landmark supplies, provide the best efficiencies in building for cost and quality control which help you design and build your new home.

Comparing different prefab methods.

Prefab Homes

 

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Manufactured Homes –
Manufactured homes are built on a production line and typically have a metal frame and wheels under them.   They are typically built to different codes than our panelized systems.  These are the large sections of homes that you see being trailered to a particular building site.

The Advantages of manufactured homes, sometimes called trailers,  are:

  1. They provide the lowest cost per square foot for a living space.
  2. Quick occupancy

Disadvantages of manufactured homes are:

  1. They still seem to have a stigma which can affect resale and financing.
  2. No customization
  3. Many communities do not allow them or discourage them
  4. Very limited designs. Typically long and rectangular
  5. Only one story homes
  6. Inspection procedures are unclear and can vary by plant and building site.
  7. Not sure of licensing of the laborers which are building the units.

Modular Homes –
Modular homes are an off shoot of manufactured homes.  They are built to different codes than manufactured homes and attempt to mimic a stick built home.  They are still built on production lines and generally are limited to rectangular modules.  They are typically delivered on trailers which are removed from the wood floor system.

Advantages of modular homes:

  1. Quick occupancy
  2. In recent years they have developed better custom looking designs

Disadvantages of modular homes:

  1. Like manufactured homes, they can carry a stigma that can affect value and financing.
  2. Very limited customization. If possible, may require state approvals and additional engineering costs.
  3. Some communities do not allow modular construction.
  4. Limited designs and generally rectangular.
  5. Carry a state inspection tag but inspection procedures at the plant should be verified by any potential purchaser
  6. Unknown licensing of laborers assembling the units
  7. Not always lower cost when compared to stick built or panelization, as initially intended

Stick Built Homes –
Stick built homes have been typical in the United States for hundreds of years.

Advantages of stick built homes:

  1. Unlimited customization
  2. Accepted in all communities
  3. Inspected on site by local building department
  4. Control of all finishes, interior and exterior
  5. More control over what you design and build
  6. Accepted by banks for financing
  7. Can be designed to fit on land better
  8. Take advantage of prefabricated roof trusses

Disadvantages of stick built homes:

  1. Due to every process being built on site, it can take longer than placing a manufactured or modular home on site
  2. Custom designs can cost more but they provide more features than manufactured or modular.
  3. Due to customization planning costs higher than manufactured or modular plans

Panelized Homes –
Landmark’s panelization process is a more efficient and controlled stick built method of designing, engineering and building your new home.

Disadvantages of panelized are the same as stick built with these additional details:

  1. Pre manufactured building package can be changed on site but due to it being prebuilt it must be changed prior to manufacturing on plans or on site like a stick built home. Limit your changes to control costs and scheduling delays

Advantages of Landmark’s panelized building system.  These are additional advantages to be considered along with the advantages of traditional stick building.

  1. Guaranteed and set cost with extended price lock
  2. Unified design and engineering capabilities makes it easy to obtain permits. Prefabricated panelized home kit is then manufactured to approved plans.
  3. Can be designed to meet or exceed the highest energy efficiency standards
  4. Green building processes on production line minimize waste during manufacturing and on site.
  5. Quick assembly
  6. Specific and controlled quality and material usage
  7. Any local framer can assemble
  8. Allows for owner builder projects

Prefabricated panelized home kits!

Landmark’s prefab panelized building system is very unique in that we can design the home you want to be built on your building site.  There are virtually no restrictions on design and building locations where they can be built.

Our system is a more efficient method of conventional stick building.  We can design the home as you want it to be.  You can design your complete floor plan and exterior look.   If you want a simple ranch home or complex Victorian, we can help.

The prefabrication processes we use take advantage of the modern efficiencies of our green building processes so you can control your project and its costs.  Our production line makes it more efficient and cost effective to build your new home.  Our easy to assembly panelized home kits make the framing process faster than conventional framing.

You also control the quality of your complete home project.  From initial design to the final finishing details, you make the decisions and we develop the plans.

Landmark’s proven processes help you from the initial steps through the final finishing of the new home building project.

Why prefabricated panelized from Landmark?

We are able to help you design the exact home you want to fit on the lot you want.  You don’t have to compromise your living space due to the restrictions of modular or manufactured homes.  This flexibility allows you to take advantage of views, building restrictions, unique properties and personal design choices for your new home.

If you have large family get togethers, we can design the living areas to include your complete family.  if you need a home office, entertainment room,  mancave,  tv room or special garage for your toys, we can work it into the design and make sure the home fits on your lot and complies with the affected regulations.

Our design and engineering phases make the best use of materials to minimize waste.  If we need a 6’ board it may be cut from an 8’ board but the left over 2’ piece is used elsewhere in our projects.  This minimized waste saves costs which we pass on to you.

It is the overall design capabilities and flexibility of our panelized home kit that allows us to help you build the home you want today.  Take advantage of the production line to control the cost and quality of your new home.

You can design the home you want.

Our panelized prefabrication methods do not limit your home.  We can design the home the way you want it to be.  Take advantage of views, floor plans that fit your family, fit on land and more.  We have professionals that design and engineer your home to provide for strong design qualities but also take advantage of our efficiencies to provide the best product at the best price.

Gain sweat equity with our panelized building system!

We work with owner builders that act as general contractors and do some of the work on their homes.  This saves money which them becomes “sweat equity.”   Recently a customer told us of an over $110,000 gain in equity after he finished building his new home.   With prefab modular or manufactured homes you are not likely to get to this equity as the factory has charged you for all the work and there is no gain with these types of homes.

Landmark’s panelized homes are considered to be custom stick built homes which do not have stigmas that lower their value.  They can be financed like any conventional home and banks do not have restrictions on them as many manufactured homes do.

This savings in cost to build compounds over time and can equal hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest and other costs.  It is a smart decision to build your own home with our efficient methods of design and building.

Contact us now to get your project going!  Call Mike at 800-830-9788 or email us at mike@LHLC.com