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    Thread: The IKEA prefab house.

    1. 03-01-2012 04:35 PM #1


      http://www.ideabox.us/

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      You put it together yourself, you guess it, all with your own personal Allen wrench.

      Nah just joking, I couldn't help it.

      I love the idea BUT
      Everyone in the business knows that prefabs haven't arrived yet when it comes to cost. A small 1bed 1bath For $86K ? I don't think so, oh and remember YOU still have to purchase the land on which to sit this thing on. Oh and you would want to make sure the price at least includes the Crane rental as well as any permit fees for that crane, if one is needed.

      Hey if Sears and Montgomery Wards can do it why not....
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      03-01-2012 04:58 PM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by RENOG View Post
      You put it together yourself, you guess it, all with your own personal Allen wrench.
      The thought of tightening an entire house just went thru my head and I swear my hand hurts right now.

      Interesting.

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      03-01-2012 05:02 PM #3
      That's what they make variable speed screw guns for. I'd love to put together a kit home.
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      03-01-2012 05:17 PM #4
      Yay! Let's make Ted Kaczynski's home into a prefab, and update it. It'll sell like hotcakes.
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      03-01-2012 05:49 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by GreenandChrome View Post
      Yay! Let's make Ted Kaczynski's home into a prefab, and update it. It'll sell like hotcakes.
      There are much nicer pre-fab homes than this: http://www.prefabs.com/modern_prefab_homes.htm

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      03-01-2012 06:32 PM #6
      I was highly considering a Rocio Romero LVL home if we wanted to do something different on our property, as it's highly configurable from the factory.

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      03-01-2012 09:04 PM #7
      No way in hell would I buy that over priced crap.

      You can get prefabbed homes from other manufactures for cheaper and better built that have been doing it for years.

    8. 03-02-2012 12:35 AM #8
      That looks suspiciously like a singlewide trailer.

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      03-02-2012 05:01 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by synthsis View Post
      I was highly considering a Rocio Romero LVL home if we wanted to do something different on our property, as it's highly configurable from the factory.

      My wife and I are considering holding out from purchasing a home within the next year and finding some land and doing the LVL. Highly customizeable and we can finish the home in our own tastes.
      It's just depressing that even prefab houses are so expensive

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      03-03-2012 09:18 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by spockcat View Post
      There are much nicer pre-fab homes than this: http://www.prefabs.com/modern_prefab_homes.htm
      Thank you sir. You just helped make my dream one step closer to reality.

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      03-03-2012 10:50 AM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by sethgood View Post
      That looks suspiciously like a singlewide trailer.
      Yeah, but it came from Ikea so it must be OK.

    12. 03-05-2012 02:38 PM #12
      If anything ever hapens to my house (godforbid) A lindal would be a serious contender...
      http://lindal.com/homes/gallery/Lindal_Elements/

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      03-05-2012 04:22 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by xnoitaNx View Post
      If anything ever hapens to my house (godforbid) A lindal would be a serious contender...
      http://lindal.com/homes/gallery/Lindal_Elements/
      There are a bunch of Lindal prow homes and chalets around here. Even with R-5 triple pane argon-filled glass, they're really expensive to heat when your choices are propane and oil.

    14. 03-06-2012 11:06 AM #14
      I'm now hearing that this is all a rumor.

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      03-06-2012 06:28 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
      There are a bunch of Lindal prow homes and chalets around here. Even with R-5 triple pane argon-filled glass, they're really expensive to heat when your choices are propane and oil.
      Vermont has plenty of firewood.

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      03-08-2012 04:24 PM #16
      I wouldn't do it. After about a month or so, everything will start to get wobbly.
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    17. 03-12-2012 09:44 PM #17
      Were hoping to do something like this for our next house:



      No idea how to get started though..

    18. 03-13-2012 09:43 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      Were hoping to do something like this for our next house:



      No idea how to get started though..
      Pick up a DWELL magazine if you haven't already... there are TONS of pre-fabbers and building planners advertising in there in that style. Lots of resources.

    19. 03-15-2012 09:03 PM #19
      Not necessarily prefab, but I find steel frame construction interesting.

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      03-16-2012 08:00 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by benjaminobscene View Post
      Were hoping to do something like this for our next house:



      No idea how to get started though..
      There's nothing particularly special about that house in terms of being able to find a local builder to build for you.

      Rarely do any of these prefabbers that are trying to focus on "modern" style go for anything spectacular in terms of material construction/methods. It's simply because prefab is about affordability through speed of construction and that means using traditional materials and methods.

      While I do wish success for those advertising in DWELL and such places, they have an uphill climb, because they generally must be very localized/regionalized or else their cost increases a lot as they try to satisfy customers far away (logistics).

      Personally, after years of trying to figure out how to build my dream, modern-styled house... I have come to the acceptance that I must be my own General Contractor in the worse case scenario or at the very least... find, select, and help source the materials and methods for fabrication/installation to aid whoever I work with on the finish end. On the structural end... I am going with SIP construction (Structural Insulated Panels) instead of stick construction. What I have found is that volume builders like Pulte, etc. don't give a **** about unique styles or modern, but SIP builders (due to their inherent low volume, unique material/method) tend to only do customs. And if you are lucky you can find one that doesn't only build million dollar customs.

      I think what many believe to be modern really boils down to finishes and space layout. That is pretty easy if you have you own sense of style... or you can just mimic what you see in magazines or online.

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      03-16-2012 08:02 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by speedn16v View Post
      Not necessarily prefab, but I find steel frame construction interesting.
      Two different things. You can do prefab with steel studs. Unless of course you are talking about industrial/commercial steel construction, which is a different beast... and only the realm of the rich.

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      03-16-2012 08:03 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by GeoffD View Post
      There are a bunch of Lindal prow homes and chalets around here. Even with R-5 triple pane argon-filled glass, they're really expensive to heat when your choices are propane and oil.
      That's because those who can afford a Lindal custom is probably building 4000SF+, which is $$$ to heat regardless of your efficiency. !!!

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