What is a Prefab Home?

Prefab homes are gaining popularity. Those looking to save building costs by researching alternatives typically start by asking: what is a prefab home? Understanding how prefab homes work, including their advantages, limitations, and the available prefab home options, will help you determine if buying a prefab home is the right decision. This article will answer those specific questions and provide an overview of the considerations for buying a prefab home.

 

What is a Prefab Home? 

Prefab, which is just a shortened version of the word “prefabricated,” simply means that a home was manufactured off-site in separate sections and shipped to the final location for full assembly. There are two primary types of prefab homes: modular and kits. All modular homes are, by definition, prefab. However, all prefab homes are not necessarily modular. Modular homes are usually about 70% built when delivered to the home site and often use a light steel frame construction with cheaper building materials. Quality, high end prefab homes can be beautifully crafted and feature stunning designs.

There are several key differences between mobile homes (often called “trailer homes”) and prefab homes. As opposed to a trailer home, prefab homes are not completely assembled before delivery. Prefab homes also use an entirely different manufacturing process and significantly higher quality materials. High end prefab builders like Logangate Timber Homes actually use real lumber for an authentic look and feel. While trailer homes are constructed on a chassis for easy transportation, prefab homes are usually built on stronger foundations (including poured cement or block foundations), giving them much more stability and resilience to severe weather. 

 

What is a High End Prefab Home?

Non-modular, high end prefab homes are typically made with higher quality materials and more reliable construction techniques. This greater attention to quality results in more durable, sustainable, customizable, longer-lasting and attractive homes. You can see examples of high end prefab homes built by Logangate here.

 

How do Prefab Homes Work?

Prefab homes are built at the manufacturer’s location and shipped in pre-assembled portions to the final home site. These portions, often called panels, are specially engineered to fit together easily and precisely. Before the building process even begins, the manufacturer should partner closely with you to assess your preferences, needs, budget and timeline. 

Although some people with the proper tools and knowledge do opt to build prefab homes themselves, most buyers use a local general contractor or construction company to complete the assembly of their prefab home. A general contractor or similar resource will also be needed to help with projects like plumbing, electrical, and interior finishing. The typical time required for a complete prefab home build is approximately four to six months. 

Because prefab homes are offered in standard kits, the manufacturing process for the entire house can be standardized without sacrificing quality. High-quality prefab homes will incorporate excellent materials and construction methods, like the renowned post and beam design. The post and beam construction method, used by Logangate Timber Homes, has been relied on for centuries due to its strength, stability and unique ability to showcase the natural beauty of timber.

 

Advantages of a High End Prefab Home

There are significant advantages to choosing a high end prefab home. Whether or not these advantages apply to you depends mostly on your specific tastes and overall budget. Five of the most widely applicable advantages are listed below:

  • Prefab homes are often chosen because they are faster to construct and require less labor and materials than custom stick-built alternatives.
  • Prefab homes can be less expensive than traditional homes. In comparison to the cost of building a high-end traditional home, which can easily be $400 per sq foot or more, high-end prefab homes can cost as little as $250 per sq foot. Additionally, prefab homes have little to no cost variance during their manufacturing and assembly. Because the material costs are predetermined and the homes are specifically designed for easy assembly, the total building costs can be precisely estimated and controlled. Lower building costs can allow homeowners to focus on getting a dream property that suits their needs.
  • Depending on the manufacturer, high end prefab homes are often more sustainable and environmentally friendly than traditionally-built homes. 
  • Many manufacturers offer customizable options for their prefab homes, allowing you to personalize aspects of the home to your liking. 
  • Most prefab home manufacturers provide all the drafting services you will need. You will save thousands of dollars since you will not have to hire an architect. 
  • The strength and durability of high end prefab homes are often preferred in locations known for severe weather, or for hill-side locations that would make traditional building difficult.

Prefab Home Limitations
There are some limitations to what a prefab home can offer buyers; especially if budget is not a primary concern when building. Some important limitations to consider include the following:

  • While prefab homes offer a significant range of flexibility and customizable options, traditional homes can truly be built with 100% custom specifications, tailored precisely to the homeowner’s preferences. These preferences can include unique architectural layouts, one-of-a-kind carpentry flourishes, or other special features that require the help of experienced designers and contractors. 
  • Traditional and Prefab homes have stronger resale value than modular homes as they are often the first option home buyers seek. 
  • Any quality of prefab homes will still require access to all of the same utilities required by traditionally built homes, including gas, electric, water (city or well), and things like a driveway and walkway, etc. The cost of adding these amenities and utilities will likely be higher in a rural setting.

When to Consider Buying a Prefab Home

With custom home building often entailing the long and costly process, many buyers are wondering: should I buy a prefab home?

Most prefab home buyers share some traits in common, including the strong preference to avoid long, stressful building timelines; a strict budget; a focus on sustainable living and the desire to live on a larger or more rural property that is less developed. Concerns about exceeding your budget are especially relevant now as the cost of building a custom home is the highest it has been in recent years. 

Another key consideration for if now is the time to consider buying a prefab home is if you have purchased a piece of property and want to either replace the current dwelling unit or start from scratch. Prefab homes can be an easy way to accomplish either of those goals for your next move. 

What is a Chalet House?

A chalet home, also commonly referred to as a Swiss Chalet house, is a style of home architecture common in the Alpine region of Europe. A chalet-style home is typically made of timber and includes a gently sloping roof and overhanging eaves. The overhanging eaves are great for providing protection from the elements and rough weather as well as providing a beautiful architectural style. Swiss Chalet homes were introduced to the United States in the mid-1800s by architect Andrew Jackson Downing. Because of their mid-European roots, these homes are fantastic choices for mountainside residences or fit for any other uneven landmass. The design is frequently used for vacation homes but is fantastic for year-round living as well.

Benefits of Chalet Homes 

There are numerous benefits to owning a chalet house. The house’s fairly simplistic construction with basic materials and an uncomplicated design means chalet houses can be built more affordably than homes of a similar size. The floor plans are very flexible with plenty of opportunities for customization with the overhanging eaves, windows, and exposed architecture. Common unique features that can be added to a chalet home are carved rafters and ornamental shingles. Chalet homes come in numerous sizes as well, depending on your needs. Our traditional chalet home floor plans start at 600 square feet but can go up to 4000 square feet with the addition of a single wing or two wings to construct a Grand Chalet home. Chalet homes typically have a lot of windows that allow for copious amounts of natural light and a beautiful view of your surroundings. Due to the A-frame design, the ceilings in Chalet Homes are very high with a lot of open space for an open and cozy home. Chalet homes offer a very sleek and elegant aesthetic while maintaining the warmth and coziness of a Timber Home. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interested in Owning Your Own Chalet Home?  

If you are interested in constructing your perfect Chalet house, whether traditional winged or grand, Logangate is here to help. Our experienced team will walk you through all of your options and assist you every step of the way. You can rest assured that in a Logangate Chalet Home you are getting a beautiful and durable home that will last a lifetime. With Logangate you will never want to leave your home again. That is the Logangate difference! Contact us today to learn more!

4 Advantages of Post and Beam Construction

No matter which new building methods are in style at the time, nothing can quite compare to the sturdy and stylish designs of a post and beam home. Post and beam construction utilizes high-grade, heavy timbers to create long-lasting, age-resistant homes with beautiful spacious interiors. This construction method can be traced back to ancient times but will never go out of style thanks to all of the benefits it provides.

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Sprawling Interior Space

Home designs that utilize cheaper materials have to rely on a large number of structural support columns. This is not so with post and beam home designs. Thanks to the use of those sturdy, high-grade heavy timbers, post and beam houses are able to spread out the structural supports, allowing for more living space in your home. And since this means there aren’t any load-bearing walls, the floor plan can be just about anything you want it to be. Section off your floor plan however you’d like without worrying about its structural integrity.

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Efficient Construction

Because of the relatively simple design of post and beam homes, construction time may be greatly reduced in comparison to other construction methods. When used in conjunction with our pre-built panel systems, post and beam construction can go by quite quickly, letting you move into your custom dream home faster than ever. Our panelized home kits use pre-cut, sanded, and numbered Douglas Fir rafters, allowing for faster build times and virtually no waste or mistakes on the job site. 


Long-Lasting

Post and beam construction has been world-renowned for its strength since its inception. Notoriously hard to destroy, post and beam houses are often the only ones still standing after natural disasters, with some post and beam homes from the middle ages still retaining their structural integrity to this day. 

Many modern construction methods utilize treated lumber in combination with other weak materials as they’re only expected to be lived in for roughly 40 years. This is in stark contrast to reliable post and beam methods which only use the best materials that are expected to last at least 100 years.

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Natural Beauty

With their exposed beams and cut timber, post and beam homes are built around their natural beauty. Nothing can compare to the warmth and comfort you’ll feel inside your post and beam home. The wooden exteriors of post and beam houses also let your home blend seamlessly into the natural environment around it, allowing it to become part of the landscape. 

At Logangate, we use incredibly strong and gorgeous Douglas Fir Timbers which are pre-cut and sanded and are very rare east of Mississippi. We use these timbers because of their incomparable strength and their stunning beauty.

Post and beam construction also respects nature itself by reducing the waste commonly associated with new construction, and by avoiding the use of chemically treated materials. Logangate is also committed to ensuring that your post and beam home is energy efficient. Our in-house Green Building Team constantly studies the industry looking for new technologies and better methods of green building and will work with you to ensure you get the most efficient, durable home possible.



 

 

 

 

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If you’re interested in constructing a post and beam home, whether modern or traditional, Logangate is here to help. Our experienced team will walk you through all of your options and assist you every step of the way. You can rest assured that with a Logangate post and beam home, you will get a beautiful, durable home that will last a lifetime. With Logangate you’ll never want to leave your home again. That is the Logangate difference!

Unique Timber Home

If you’re considering a timber home for your family, you are about to embark on a home investment that is unique, breathtaking, and beautiful. One unique timber home style to consider is the pedestal home. The pedestal home is an incredibly unique and beautiful type of timber home.

Chalet Timber Home Interior

Choosing the Right Timber Home Floor Plan

 

Choosing the right floor plan for your new timber home can be a difficult task because there are so many gorgeous options out there. At Logangate Timber Homes, we offer several floor plans from which you can choose, or you can design your own.  Our Homes are either 24’ or 28’ wide and the length is variable in 4’ increments, i.e. 24 x 36, 40, 44.   Fortunately, we’re here to help you decide which type will be perfect for you. The styles we offer are the Chalet, Grand Chalet, Timber Frame Cabin, Grandfather, Appalachian, Nantahala, and Sugar. Each of these homes is built with exceptional quality and are beautiful in their own right. Despite all of them being floor plans for timber homes, they each offer a distinct charm separate from one another.

Choose the Perfect Cabin Home from Logangate

If you love to surround yourself with the beautiful look of wood and appreciate rustic charm, our Timber Home plans are the perfect choice for you! At Logangate Timber Homes, our cabin kits are prefabricated which means we stick build the walls, pre-cut the Douglas Fir Rafters, and fabricate the insulated roof panels in our manufacturing facility. By doing this, you are ensured precision that can’t be duplicated on site. Using prefabricated materials allows you to have a quicker build time and a more energy efficient cabin. Once the cabin materials are created, we ship them directly to your final building site.

Building Beautiful Kit Homes for 50 Years

If you are looking into a new home, a kit home from Logangate Timber Homes is a great choice for many reasons. Our kit home is a pre-built home that you can customize the floor plan. They are premade in pieces so they come together quickly and efficiently. We build your home wall panel by panel in our controlled factory setting so that you are ensured the highest quality construction and a precision fit on the job site. The benefits of building the walls in our controlled factory setting allows for square and true wall creating an air tight seal that is hard to create outside of our factory setting. This is so beneficial to you because it eliminates drafts and will help you save a substantial amount on your monthly energy bills.

Logangate Timber Homes

Logangate Timber Homes is custom home builder in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in building beautiful Modern Post & Beam Homes, Pedestal Timber Homes, Chalet Timber Homes, and Timber Frame Cabins. We have over 50 years of experience building panelized Timber Frame Homes that can be found all over the nation and are particularly popular in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are dedicated to designing beautifully crafted affordable Timber Frame Homes.

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Phone Number: 828-707-4383
Asheville, NC