Work continues on the garage.

Yesterday we looked at work on the site-built garage and today you can see from the photograph work is progressing nicely.

The guys are out back installing the siding on both the house and the garage.  This particular homeowner chose to install stained Cedar Siding

Moving on to the garage, now that the porch is done.

Last week we saw that the work on the front porch was finished.  With that particular job it was less costly for the homeowner to have the porch built locally; that’s why you got a chance to see the porch being done.

In today’s photograph we can see the men busily building what will become an oversize two car garage.  The connection between the house and the garage in this case uses a separate entry room which many Vermonters refer to as their Mud Room.  Yes, we will talk about the mud room but today’s topic is the garage.

Finish work starts. (There’s an oxymoron.)

Yesterday we talked about how The Heavy Crane hoisted the modules on the permanent foundation and the very next day work will begin on the finishing of the house. 

Over the next couple days we will point out some of the work that is typically done to complete a modular home.  Please remember that every home from Vermont Modular is 100% Custom Built reflecting the owners’ individual wants and needs so the finish work is also unique to each new home. 

Lots of muscle to get the job done!

The other day we saw the house being delivered and today it is time for all the preparation to come to fruition.  By the end of one day what was once a foundation will now come together as a home.

This is truly the exciting part!  Typically the modules will arrive late in the afternoon on one day and be “set” on the foundation the very next day.  Let’s see what happens on the set day.

Did someone call? Is this delivery or take out?

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.

One last type of foundation

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

The very first step, let’s go dig in the dirt.

We have talked about building with Joists and center carrying beams and floor decks.  But, actually the very FIRST part of building a home comes with the excavation work.  This is where the excavator builds the driveway and prepares the building site to accommodate the new home.

Earlier today I went to visit a brand new job site for a Vermont Modular home that will be coming shortly.  Today’s photograph is of the building site here in Chittenden County of Northern Vermont. 

Framing your new home, it’s where it all starts.

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.

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