Wednesday, 8 December 2021

How to Assess the Quality of a Prefab Solid Wood House

 For any type of construction, it is only possible to have a quality project if it is properly developed for the place where the house will be built, and by a professional in the area (Engineer or Architect). It is risky to choose a finished project and build it on site without first having the technical analysis of one of these qualified professionals, so that the project is properly adapted to the construction site. For prefabricated wooden houses, this same logic must be respected.

 In the case of the mixed house, for example, the contrast between the wood and the masonry ends up making the internal environment lighter. This, added to the correct positioning of the doors and windows in the environments, in relation to the north, results in a light house with excellent natural lighting. The evaluation of details such as these should be carried out by a professional in the area during the development of the project, in order to avoid errors in quality and guarantee the comfort of the house when built. See below for more tips to assess the quality of your future home:

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 1. Check how the work is carried out

 It is always necessary to check how the work is carried out, whether it will be a complete work, whether there will be monitoring by an Engineer on site and also, of course, the type of wood used. Each type of material has its specificities and care. In the case of wood, it needs to be certified and of quality. In this regard, for solid wood constructions, The most suitable and is the one we use at Custom home builders Portland Oregon. In addition to being the most durable and resistant, it is even indicated for naval use.

2. Check the minimum height of the construction

 The minimum height (or minimum ceiling height) of the house's internal roof is extremely important, as well as its inclination. Traditionally, many wooden houses have a straight ceiling and low ceilings. This leads to a stuffy environment with poor air circulation.

 In the case of sloping ceilings, it is important to check the roof slope and also the minimum height at the lowest point of the building. In wooden buildings, this type of lining provides better air circulation.

 3. Review the selection of materials

 There are many types of wood on the market and the responsible choice of materials guarantees a quality work. The United State wood houses uses higher standard of materials.

 4. Ask how the work is finished

 It must be checked if the wood is varnished, if the varnish used is of good quality and suitable for the type of wood. In the case of mixed construction, it is also important to check how the masonry will be finished, if the internal part will be finished in spackle or just plastered and if the humid environments will have tiles up to the ceiling.

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 5. Ask how the delivery of the house is

 It is important to check at the time of purchase how it will be delivered to the house. In some cases, the company fully executes the work and in others, the customer is responsible for carrying out part of it (foundation, finishing, hydraulics, electrical, etc.). Checking exactly what is part of the service provided (descriptive memorial) you will have a true idea of ​​the total cost of the work. It is necessary to be aware when a large part of the work (mainly labor for execution) is not included, as this makes it difficult to predict expenses and surprises may occur.

Posted by: John Labunski

Prefab wooden house: construction stages and delivery time

 The construction time will depend a lot on the project and the characteristics of the house. A work that has many parts in masonry, for example, will take longer to be completed, because the masonry we use is traditional (made in ceramic blocks, therefore, it is slower to execute than wood).

 ·         Factors that change the base execution time

·         Number of floors.

·         Number of bathrooms.

·         General characteristics of the terrain.

·         Need (or not) for earthworks.

·         General characteristics of the plant.

·         Project size in m².

 How long does a J Roderick Young Custom Homes house take to be built?

 In order to have a reference of deadlines, in our catalog we start with a minimum period of 3 months. This period can be increased according to the items above. According to the standard projects in our catalog, these deadlines can be based on:

 ·         A one-story house of up to 80m² can be built in 3 months.

·         A medium-sized house measuring 120m² to 150m² takes between 5 and 6 months.

·         The biggest house in the catalog, measuring 260m² (story) is delivered in up to 10 months.

 Stages of construction of a prefab wooden house

 Every house built by J Roderick Young Custom Homes follows a schedule defined in 6 stages:


1st stage: start of foundation.


2nd stage: Beginning of the walls (first we do the masonry and then the solid wood walls).


3rd stage: completion of the coverage of the house.


4th stage: electrical and hydraulic installation and finishing of the lining.


5th stage: finalization of finishes, including flooring and coverings.


6th stage: completion of painting, overhaul of finishes, such as the installation of faucets (and other items), and delivery of the house.

 Quality prefab house from foundation to key delivery

 The deadlines are very fast if we analyze that J Roderick Young Custom Homes carries out the work from the foundation to the delivery of the keys, with the house ready to live Custom home builders Portland Oregon. We work with many artisanal details in the works, so we adopt a really realistic deadline and that we will respect for the total satisfaction of our customers.

How is the design choice for prefab wooden house?

 In the first contact, the client gives us an idea of ​​what he is looking for, often brings some project model that he saw on our website and we start from there.

 In this contact, we gather essential information to start the project, such as:

 ·         Number of bedrooms;

·         Number of suites;

·         What will be the use of the house (summer or housing);

·         Region of the work (city, site or farm); and

·         House style (story or ground floor).

 This step is very important, as we can already guide the client in some issues, such as the feasibility of the desired project. For example, for a client who would like to build a two-story house, but has a large plot of land with a favorable topography, the one-storey construction often has a better cost-benefit ratio and allows for better use of the land.

 At the end of this step, we present the budget to the client, and proceed with adjustments (such as adapting the size of the house) according to the available budget.

 Next step: Technical field visit and project customization

 In all projects, we carry out a technical visit on the ground to analyze the site conditions relevant to the work, such as:

 ·         Land topography;

·         Need for earthworks;

·         Need to cut trees;

·         Access roads to the construction site;

·         Whether it is an urban or rural area (for project approval purposes);

·         North position in relation to the terrain; and

·         On-site water and electricity distribution network;

 In addition to this prior information, a meeting to customize the project is held during the same visit. The terrain analysis allows us to suggest, for example, the best position for each type of window, considering the sunlight throughout the day.

 Custom home builders Portland Oregon, the last details of the project are adjusted and the final plan is produced. After approval, the contract will be available to the customer.

Posted by: John Labunski

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