For the past couple days, we’ve been talking about COLD WEATHER house sets. Take a long look at today’s photograph. This house set in Vermont’s Addison County was almost exactly ten years ago and for obvious reasons it was one that I don’t think about often. As I recall it was minus-twenty degrees that day. OK, so the sun was shining, it was still a bitterly cold day!
Do you notice how there is a sheet of plastic protecting the crane from the cold? It was cold enough that we had to focus on protecting the machinery.
This particular home came to the house site with four modules that needed to be assembled. In the background of the picture you can see one of the modules sitting on the truck waiting its turn to be hoisted up onto the foundation.
One day last summer I was down that way, the other side of Vergennes and drove past this home. The small trees in today’s picture have grown and matured, the house is beautifully landscaped, and it is a proud member of an awesome neighborhood.
This house was built inside the plant in a controlled environment away from the cold and harsh weather. Within a very short time there was heat inside the house and the finish work moved along nicely.
The house set was during a particularly cold winter day of February 2009. That took us one full day and half of the next. Compare that challenge to several months of outside work for a “stick-built” home where the materials are covered with snow, ice, and/or rain.
We keep talking about this because it is so important that your new home be built in the best possible way!
Take your choice, which would you prefer?
- Site-built where everything is done outside in the harsh weather and subject to Mother Nature’s severity?????
- Plant built inside in the controlled environment where workers are far more productive and create a better-built home????????
By the way go back and see if you notice that word that also helps greatly. Yup, that’s it......., PRODUCTIVE. The building crews are not subjected to weather so they are far more productive and that means lower costs.
Tomorrow we will talk more about costs.
What’s your choice? Inside or outside?