Nestled in the foliage of historic former rice fields of Pawley’s Island, SC is Prince George. This 1900 acre tract will allow no more than 150 home sites preserving the natural beauty of wildlife and forests. Marking the initial use of wall panels for Classic Commercial a more beautiful setting could not have been chosen. In slightly over one week, the house plans were processed, designed, approved, produced, and delivered. The versitility and consistency of building custom homes using component construction is evident. Employing the use of the Framers Series lumber and optimum value engineering, Classic Commercial is able to offer their clients quality materials in a timely manner. Classic has used engineered roof and floor trusses for years, now adding the planned load transferance through shop built wall panels to their product lines. The day after the wall panels were delivered 3/4 of the walls were set according to the construction supervisor. The time savings on a house of this size will assure all following trades will advance their schedules as well. What transpires is predictable results through thoughtful planning, a winning combination for progressive thinking general contractors.
Posts Tagged ‘construction planning’
By Tuesday June 19th, the Black Creek house is almost completely framed in. The rear is awaiting steel to be welded as the infrastructure for a two story curved wall. Less the tower framing in a few locations, and some intersecting ridge backframing, the house is almost dried in. IG Construction can begin to concentrate on detailed work inside, such as framing the Juliette balconies on the bridge overlooking the great room and foyer. My unofficial tally of construction time to get to this point is 11 days, allowing for 1/2 days when rain impeded progress. In estimating the time to conventionally frame a house of this size, I deferred to general contractors who have walked and observed the house onsite. The consensus of their opinions was 28 to 31 days. If this is indeed true, component construction has cut construction time to less than half of stick framing. The implications of this time savings is far reaching. Subsequent trades, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and siding all advance their schedules as a result. I am reminded of what I was once told by a developer years ago who said “as soon as the ground is scratched, it is a race to the finish.” Simply put, time savings is money savings. Planning creates the environment of predictable results and satisfied customers. Of all the benefits illustrated in the component construction arsenal, I believe this is the most important point to drive home. The mystery of building is revealed while using superior materials and the latest technology to advance the science of construction to new heights. Designing components from the top of the structure to the foundation assures the load paths are correctly considered and compensated for. Waste of materials is virtually eliminated because correct sizing of headers and stud clusters are evaluated on paper before they become a problem in the field. At the end of the day, success in construction is realized through the planning stage prior to beginning. Component construction layouts and shop drawings combined with appropriate approval procedures are the methods to this end.