Prefab Homes – Construction and Benefits

Prefab Homes – Construction and Benefits


DESIGNING AND BUILDING YOUR OWN
HOME CAN BE A PAINSTAKINGLY COSTLY EFFORT.
NOT TO MENTION, IT CAN TAKE
MONTHS OR EVEN YEARS TO COMPLETE IT.
PREFAB-FAB HOMES ON THE OTHER
HAND, ARE A GREAT ALTERNATIVE. SO I REACHED OUT TO LUCA
BRAMMER FROM HALLMARK HOMES, ONE OF THE PREMIER PREFAB HOME
DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURES IN
THE COUNTRY. WELL, LUCA IT’S GREAT TO BE
IN THE FACTORY AND ACTUALLY SEE
ALL THESE WORKERS BUILDING THESE
HOMES. WHAT I WANTED TO ASK WAS WHAT REALLY IS CONSIDERED A
PREFAB HOME? THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. THE
REAL BIG DIFFERENCE WITH
PREFABRICATED HOMES IS THAT THEY ARE BUILT IN A FACTORY, AS
OPPOSED TO ON SITE. THE BENEFIT
OF THAT IS THAT YOU DON’T HAVE
A LOT OF DIFFERENT CREW COMING IN AT DIFFERENT TIMES.
WE HAVE A BUNCH OF EMPLOUS
THAT WORK HERE WITH US. SO WE CAN Build MORE QUICKLY
AND MUCH LESS EXPENSIVELY.
SO YOU’RE SAYING THE ROOF, THE WALLS, THE
FOUNDATION, THE CABINETRY, THE
FAUCETS, IT’S ALL HAPPENING UNDER ONE ROOF? –
THAT’S RIGHT. WHEN CONSIDERING PREFAB
STRUCTURES, I THINK PEOPLE MAY
BELIEVE THAT IT’S A STEP AWAY
FROM “TRAILER PARK”. BUT THAT IS NOT TRUE. PLEASE SPEAK TO
THAT POINT. THAT’S A VERY
GOOD POINT. THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OUR HOUSES
AND STICK BUILT HOUSES IS WE
ARE USING A MUCH HIGHER QUALITY OF LUMBER. THAT MAY
SEEM STRANGE, BUT TYPICALLY
WITH PREFAB HOMES YOU’RE USING HIGHER QUALITY
MATERIALS THAN ARE THE
SITE-BUILT GUYS ARE. BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE THAT MUCH
STRONGER. ALSO, WE HAVE MORE
DESIGN Flexibility AND THE LAST
FEW YEARS A LOT OF ARCHITECTS ARE GETTING
INVOLVED AS WELL, AND SHOWING A
REAL INTEREST IN A NEW DESIGN. PREFAB
HOMES HAVE HAD A LONG HISTORY
IN AMERICA. IN 1908 SEARS ROBUK AND
COMPANY LAUNCHED A KIT HOUSE CATALOG PRODUCING
BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS. TODAY, THE INDUSTRY IS STILL
GOING STRONG. NEW DESIGNS AND FEATURES ARE A
TRUE GROWING TREND IN THE
INDUSTRY. – WHAT WE ARE SEEING THESE DAYS IN THE MAGAZINES IS CALLED
PREFAB. IT’S CALLED THE
CALIFORNIA BUILDING CODE AND IT’S BUILT TO A HIGHER
STANDARD. YOU’RE GETTING THESE
BIG OPEN GLASS EXPANSES. . YOU’RE GETTING BIG PCES OF
STEEL . THEY REALLY HAVE THAT
ARCHITECT DESIGN AESTHETIC. SO
THESE ARE THE TYPICAL STANDARD PREFAB HOME. BUT YOU
HAVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO SHOW
US. – THAT’S RIGHT. LET’S GO TAKE A LOOK. WOW.
LUCA, THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. – THANK YOU. THIS IS OUR CALI
SOLO 1, DESIGNED BY ALTIUS
ARCHITECTURE OUT OF TORONTO. IT’S BEEN A GREAT PARTNERSHIP
FOR US. YOU CAN DO THINGS
ACROSS THE WHOLE CONTINENT
THESE DAYS. IT REALLY HAS A WARM FEEL TO
IT. – I AM GLAD YOU NOTICED
THAT. THIS IS TYPICALLY WHAT WE REFER TO WARM-MODERN.
SOMETIMES THESE MODERN HOMES
CAN BE TOO INDUSTRIAL. BUT WITH COLOR COMBO WE ARE
USING AND MATERIALS, GIVES THAT
WARMTH AS WELL. A PLACE YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR
HOME. OH MY GOODNESS,
THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF BEAUTY IN HERE! THIS IS GORGEOUS. IS
THIS CORK FLOORING? – THAT’S RIGHT. THIS
HOUSE IS FULL OF SUSTAINABLE
MATERIALS. WHEREVER, WE TRY TO ELIMINATE
VOC’S. I TRY TO BE ENERGY EFFICIENT
AND ENVIRO-FRIENDLY. THERE’S NO
DRYWALL YOU NOTICE. WE HAVE OUR WOOD
PANEL WINDOWS HERE. THESE ARE
MARVIN INTEGRITY WINDOWS. I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT
WHEN I’M LOOKING AT A CUSTOM
HOME -YEAH I COME ACROSS WOOD FINISHES
IN THE WINDOWS. -THAT’S RIGHT.
THIS IS NOT SOMETHING IN A TYPICAL HOME, SO THIS IS VERY
SPECIAL. -VERY CUSTOM. THAT’S A
BIG DIFFERENCE HERE, SO BASICALLY WHAT YOU’RE STANDING
IN HERE IS FEATURES YOU WOULD
ONLY GET IN A VERY EXPENSIVE CUSTOM HOME. WE BUILD IT IN A
FACTORY SO WE CAN BUILD IT MUCH
MORE EFFICIENTLY SO WE CAN KEEP
THE COST DOWN BUT YOU CAN STILL GET ALL THE
GREAT BENEFITS OF LIVING IN A
CUSTOM HOME. WHEREVER POSSIBLE
WE’RE USING SOLID NOW. WHAT ARE THESE? -THIS IS
SOLID SURFACE. SOLID SURFACE
COUNTER TOPS AS WELL AS OPPOSED
TO GRANITE. THE NICE PART ABOUT THIS IS
THAT IT IS NON PORUS, SO THERE
IS LESS CHANCE FOR MILDEW AND
BACTERIA TO BUILD AND THEN YOU HAVE A BEDROOM
UPSTAIRS. THAT’S GREAT AND BACK HERE?
-AN EXTRA BEDROOM. AGAIN SOMETHING THAT I’M NOTICING, WE
HAVE THIS BEAUTIFUL BIRCH, IS
IT? WOW ON THE CEILING. -THAT’S
RIGHT. WHY IS THAT? -SO
THE WHOLE POINT IS AGAIN, I’M
JUST TRYING TO BRING THAT WARMTH INTO THE
SPACE. YOU NOTICE THIS IS A
FAIRLY SMALL BEDROOM WITH ALL
THE GLASS AND THE WARM TEXTURES IT FEELS MUCH LARGER.
THIS IS ONLY 800 SQUARE FEET
BUT BUT SOME FOLKS WILL ACTUALLY
FEEL COMFORTABLE LIVING THIS
JUST BECAUSE IT LIVES BIGGER THAN IT IS. SO THIS IS OUR
BATHROOM HERE WE HAVE SOME WESTERN RED CEDAR
CEILING HERE. IT IS SO BEAUTIFUL. WHO PUTS CEDAR ON THEIR BATHROOM
CEILING. – IT ALMOST HAS A BIT
OF A SAUNA FEELING. IT DOES, DOESN’T IT. JUST
WHEN I THOUGHT I HAD SEEN IT
ALL LUCA SHOWED ME THE BREEZEWAY THAT CONNECTED
TO A SECOND BEDROOM. THE
ATTENTION TO DETAIL IS JUST EXQUISITE.
-IT’S CRAZY WHEN YOU THINK
ABOUT IT HOUSES TODAY ARE KINDA THE LAST BIG
ITEM THAT’S BUILT IN OUR
CULTURE THAT ARE NOT BUILT IN A
FACTORY AND WHY IS THAT. YOU KNOW SO, YOU THINK
ABOUT ALL THE BENEFITS THAT
COME FROM A FACTORY INCLUDE
CUSTOMIZATION OF A WARM MODERN HOME LIKE
THIS, I MEAN THIS MAKES SENSE.
YOU KNOW, WARM MODERN PREFAB FAB I THINK
REALLY IS THE FUTURE OF HOUSING. NOT ONLY FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
BUT FOR THE ECONOMICAL PURPOSES
OF FAMILY. IT SEEMS THAT YOUR COMPANY
REALLY CARE ABOUT CUSTOMERS. -WE DEFINITELY DO. WE’RE A
SECOND GENERATION HOME BUILDER
AND THE WAY THAT WE’VE SURVIVED THIS CRAZY MARKET DOWN TURN IS
REALLY FOCUS ON CUSTOMIZATION
AND CUSTOMER NEED. WELL THANK YOU SO MUCH LUCA,
I MEAN THIS REALLY HAS BEEN A
WONDERFUL INSIGHT TO PREFAB!

14 thoughts on “Prefab Homes – Construction and Benefits

  1. Gee how long has the NOT been on the job? Reasons to support prefab, standard of quality, weather protected, standard workmanship, less detrimental to the environment, unaffected by the weather to impact labor, changes are quickly implemented, set up at site is quick, etc. Get educated guy! Bad representative.

  2. I love the concept of prefab but please call it like it is and dont say your getting the benefits of a luxury home. Interior is still not up to par with subdivision homes now. I still like the concept and will pursue to look for a prefab builder

  3. Great representative and great interview/infomercial. Who doesn't love better value for the money? Well done. Good quality Prefabs will keep eating market shares on overpriced and lower quality on-site built (too often botched) homes. Something has to be done against greedy builders cutting corners and on-site workers delivering a half-baked product due to rushing and lack of ethics. Factory build seems to be the answer.

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