Yesterday we took a look at water wells. That would be the fresh or clean water entering your home. Today we take a look at the……, well shall we say, “not so clean” water that leaves your home. By the way that water is politely referred to as effluent. No, no! We said effluent not affluent. We are talking about waste not money. J
For the past days and days we have been looking at a modular home being worked on. We saw a site-built garage added along with a Mud Room/Entry.
Before the garage project we looked at building a front porch on another modular home. Today and tomorrow we will show you pictures of the two completed projects.
Yesterday we looked at the Garage as siding was being installed; that was on the other side of today’s photograph.
On the left you are looking at The Gable End of the modular home. As you can see some of the Cedar Siding has been installed with more to come. Look carefully at the picture and you will see that there is strapping on the outside of the sheathing; this holds the siding away from the building; this is the right way to install wood siding.
Yesterday we saw a Genie Lift being used as a valuable tool while working on the site-built porch. In today’s photograph the porch is nearing completion.
All of the roof’s framing and the outline of the trim is all done. The ceiling was finished using vinyl so that the owners wouldn’t have any maintenance. Much of the trim will be built using manufactured material such as Boral.
Let’s see, we have built our foundation, attached sill plates, water-proofed the foundation, installed perimeter drains, and backfilled the ground against the foundation. Then we checked in at the plant and saw that the house was underway and being built inside, away from the harsh elements of Mother Nature.
Yup, it looks as though everything is good to go. All we need now is for someone to bring us a home. Oh look…………….., here it comes now.
For a couple days we have been building foundations. It all starts with Footers and then various types of walls are built so our home can sit on top of the wall. We looked at Poured Reinforced Concrete, ICF walls, and then Pre Cast concrete.
So far we’ve talked about Poured Reinforced Concrete foundations and the ICF wall. Both are popular and both have unique characteristics, advantages and disadvantages. By the way, the Poured Reinforced wall is the more popular of the two; ICF walls are popular but are more expensive.
There are many stories and videos of Barn Raising. One YouTube there are several where an entire barn, an enormous barn is completely built in ten hours; these videos are fascinating.
We are not suggesting that you build your new home in the same fashion as is done with a Barn Raising. However, the concepts are virtually identical.
Yesterday we showed you a picture of an upscale home that has 18’ ceilings. Typically every home has ceilings that are 8’ tall. Yes we are capable of building whatever you want.
But, today let’s get back to the fundamental aspects of building our home. In today’s photograph you can clearly see the framing lumber. The “Dimensional Lumber” that is being used makes up the plates and studs for our walls. Obviously you recall the terminology for construction.
As we have been learning and finally building our new home we have consistently talked about either Ranch Style homes that are all on one floor or the other day we talked about “Affordable Capes.” Both styles of homes represent quality and value! Don’t forget that every home is 100% Custom Built and incorporates all kinds of Energy Efficient features.
With all that as our background today we are going to venture off into the world of truly up-scale modular homes representing even greater values.