Thursday, January 31, 2013

February Price Increase

The good news is that at long last the construction industry is turning around.  I am busier than I have been in years and have more active clients than in the last four years combined.

But with this increase in traffic - and obviously not just my business - an increase in the demand for materials and labor in the construction industry.  We have observed the price of lumber and lumber products rise slowly but consistently week after week.  And it is anticipated that these increases will continue during the upcoming months.

If you are interested in building this summer now is an excellent time to start the plans and get your building project underway.  The energy codes are going to change on January 1, 2014 as California as well which will again increase costs just to meet the new codes.

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Annual Meeting with Pacific Modern Homes

Today was our annual PMHI meeting.  In addition to our normal financing news and marketing tips, we had an excellent presentation my Dave Morgan who prepares the Title 24 and CalGreen checklists for the clients who use our home building kits for their framing.  As their are going to be major code changes next January it is imperative that we work together to hopefully get your permit prior to that time.

But if not, we at North Coast Packaged Homes will be prepared to work with you on design options to make this transition for your panelized framing package and the overall design as painless as possible.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Cut Roof or Manufactured Trusses ?????

One of the most common questions people typically request is about either having a vaulted ceiling or an attic.

First, most of our packages typically are built with manufactured trusses:

Manufactured trusses are a cost effective way to support a room.  They can come in a variety of shapes:

Using a scissor truss can create a vault although it is not as deep as a cut roof - it is a less expensive alternative.  It does though require that the exterior roof pitch be steep enough to allow for a scissor or studio vault type roof.

An attic truss can create a small attic for storage or for the heating unit - but it does not create a second story like a cut roof can create:

We can design an open rafter roof to allow for an attic or an "open beam" vaulted roof but the cost difference and labor involved to build a cut roof as opposed to rolling manufactured trusses must be taken into consideration.
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