Well, the lights weren’t really on – as the electrical had to be connected on-site. But I used that line because most people don’t believe the extent to which their home is finished when it is delivered. I was shocked to see that the light fixtures were equipped with bulbs when the house was delivered – seriously. Each section was so near completion I could hardly believe it.
One of the most important facets of efficient factory building, is the process.
Think of the traditional build. It all starts with the spade cutting into to the soft ground – we call it “ground breaking”. With Pre-Fab builds we still have the formal ground breaking to set the basement and foundation.
But here is the difference…
While the on-site crew is setting the foundation, the in-factory team is building your home. There is no gap. No waiting for the concrete to set. It can all be done at the same time! And the rooms are built in strategic process. Your home – completely customized – follows a rigid and proven process that ensures quality.
Almost 100 years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright had a brilliant insight – why not build in factories, with pre-cut framing and factory built parts. But Wright was ahead of his time. As many of his designs were lauded in Europe, Americans were slow to see his brilliance.
But today we’re living in a different economy and a radically different environment. The word “sustainable” has crept into our conversation… what does that mean for Pre-Fab?
The new generation of architects approach building in new ways.
Pail Masi, principal of Bates Masi+Architects, New York says: “I think prefabrication and sustainability are sort of one and the same. By using prefabricated elements you can not only cut down on the waste, but you’re building with precise tools, and you’re not out there in the snow and rain, so you can be very efficient.”
In California, architect Michelle Kauffman, who co-authored Prefab Green, put her money where her mouth was. Her and her husband designed and built a house in the Bay Area. They chose a traditional on-site builder. The house took 14 months to construct on-site. Then she took the identical plan and had it built in the factory. It took 4 months to build.
Pure cost reduction isn’t the motivation for using prefab. Masi discovered that pre-fab, when applying custom design, was similar in cost to traditional builds. He was more excited about the green elements and strict control when building pre-fab. Pre-set jigs, highly technical processes and green standards make a difference. The build in a factory is much more disciplined, ensuring consistency on every level.
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Traditionally construction has shied from Pre Fab building. But those of you who follow Royal Homes already know that the possibilities of building design with Royal Homes is infinite – driven by your lot and your budget.
The building industry is beginning to take a closer look at the power of custom Pre Fab homes. There are good reasons to choose to Pre Fab:
1. The building time is shorter. The factory has many advantages over building on site. Building times are shorter because the factory isn’t held hostage to the whims of the weather. Two weeks of relentless rain does not slow the building process – because it is completely indoors. This spring is a great example – just when we thought spring was here, we were pelted with another layer of snow. That does not impact factory building.
2. The build is off site. One of the biggest challenges of on-site construction is to live in a construction site for multiple months – or years, in some cases. We all know how frustrating it is to work around construction. With Pre Fab, that time is drastically reduced. The building is built off site – and delivered in nearly completed units. There is no elongated disruption of services.
3. The build is greener. For companies concerned about their environmental impact, factory built is the way to go. Standardized processes make the build ultra efficient, eliminate needless waste. It just makes sense.
Today modular factories thrive on the challenge to build unique buildings, maximizing efficiencies, modern technology and design.
Keep watching – you’ll be seeing more and more custom Pre Fab homes.
When I was a young boy I lived in an ancient farm house – in fact, my great grandfather built the original home. Deep stone walls gave each window well a broad wooden sill. While there were many updates during the years, my parents hesitated to replace the windows. They were unique sizes and hard to replace. They also added a lot of charm to the old farm house. The cost of replacing them was a little formidable. So we lived with the charm – and the draft. My mother loved candles – but one really windy night the candles in the window actually blew out from the draft!!
Leaking windows and doors is the number one reason your heating bill is high. That’s why Royal Homes takes such care to make sure the building envelope is sealed. Because we build in-doors, it’s much easier to ensure a perfect seal. We don’t fight against the wind, sleet or rain. We are able to seal your home inside our factory. We have special tools to make sure the entire building envelope is sealed.
When you choose deep windows with old fashioned sills, you will know that your Royal Home is draft free – the candles will burn efficiently. With R50 in the ceiling and R22 in the walls, your home will be toasty warm… So let the wind blow!
When Russell and Jane Starr chose Royal Homes, they were confident that Royal could deliver a green home. They had a dream of a cottage built on their family’s island. And they hoped that the home would be built in a way that it would make a very low impact to the island’s natural environment.
It was their choice.
And Royal Homes, a unique custom home builder, honoured their choice.
Even though royal-e already has significant advantages, the Starrs wanted to push the edges on technology, using new innovations to reduce the environmental impact of their home on the island they loved.
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As you may have guessed, I am inching into my middle life. When I was a boy, there were no blue boxes, compost was the pail I brought out to the pigs and we saved a lot of water because we had to pump every cup we used – there were no dripping taps. We didn’t think of any of these things as “green”. In fact, when the shiny new chrome taps were installed, turning the taps and getting hot water was a novelty. No – I’m not a senior, but I did grow up far from suburbia. My parents worked hard and home conveniences weren’t the first thing they thought of.
Today, the word green is bantered about quite a lot. Leger Marketing did a little research and they discovered that Canadians, while pretty interested in green, were not as interested if it cost them. Only 37% of those surveyed said they would actually pay more for a green product.
But I want to share some really interesting facts that make factory built homes – Pre-Fabs – green, just because of the efficiencies built into the system.
The biggest advantage of Royal Homes “inside-out” building process is the efficiencies in the factory. Royal Homes has some big advantages. First of all, we can purchase high quality, environmentally friendly material. Secondly, we use each material wisely, using highly technical jigs which eliminate waste. Thirdly, we build each home completely custom. Each heating system, all the plumbing and materials are custom to your choices. We are not limited in any way.
The advantages of a custom built, pre-fab home are growing and are very important in the current economy.