Ultimately, prefabrication is already here and been around for decades., but there is little doubt that prefabrication is the future of construction and the construction industry.
Just now are we realizing the incredible benefits of prefabrication.
Improvements in technology and sophisticated tooling along with rising wages are driving the industry to prefabricate as much as possible.
First, let’s make some distinctions.
When the industry talks about “pre-manufactured” housing, that is different than prefabricated.
Pre-manufactured housing is completely built in the factory. Maybe it is delivered in 2 halves, but it is complete with finishes.
This style of unit is restricted by the sizes that can be driven down the road and under bridges and delivered to easy access lots only.
This means a pretty restricted product.
Examples include the classic double-wide trailer, the container house, and a myriad of other units no wider than 8′ and no taller than 12′.
Meanwhile, Prefabrication is a way of prepping materials so that they can be easily assembled once delivered.
The components fall under the same road rules for delivery but the end product can be as large as a skyscraper.
In fact, today’s skyscrapers are frequently built using prefabrication techniques.
With the help of technology, CAD details can flow directly from Architects and Engineers desks to the factory floor where CNC machines can directly fabricate components to fit seamlessly with adjacent components.
The Q Cabin Kits may not be that sophisticated yet, but the concepts are all still there.
We prefabricate components in our shop for easy, precise, installation in the field.
This makes our homes capable of unlimited size and incredible creative freedom while being cost effective to erect and finish.
Let’s use the installation of a second story window in a prefabricated Q Cabin Kit versus a conventionally framed home as the example of why.
First, I want to tell you the answer. The answer is money.
So, in the conventionally framed home the first order of business would be to fetch the window.
It is likely down at street level somewhere and so you take a laborer with you and you identify the window and shag it up flights of stairs and into the room where it belongs.
After catching your breath you attempt to thread the window diagonally through it’s framed opening, holding it 20′ above the ground and pulling it back into the opening without dropping it to the dirt below.
Next you must lean out the window and look back at the wall to find the fastening locations.
Easy at the sill location but not the ones on the top of the window.
Maybe just skip those.
Maybe though, you have spent thousand of dollars and you have a scaffold system set up on the outside.
Now you climb out the window scuffing the sill with your hammer as you exit onto the scaffold.
You have your assistant hand you all the tools and materials needed to attach and flash the window.
You stretch to take accurate measurements for the flashing but you cut the piece and it is too short.
Oh well, no on will see it from that height anyway.
Total time invested 1.5 man hours. Time to go back for another one.
A prefabricated Q Cabin Kit is quite the different experience.
Two workers grab the window from the adjacent stockpile, lay it in the hole at waist level, fasten the window using their weight instead of their shoulder, and finally place the flashing around the easily reachable window from a comfortable table top level.
Total time invested 2 men 10 minutes or .33 man hours.
That is over 75% more efficient than the field installed window.
There are no mistakes from the fear of heights, there are no twisted back muscles, there are no hassles.
It is easy to install a window perfect every time.
The example of the second story window is just one activity in a long list of activities that are streamlined in the Q Cabin Kit factory that improve the overall project duration of your home.
That is why a 1,400 sqft Q Cabin Kit, fully roofed with the exterior dried in, takes 1 week versus the conventional stick built version at 4 weeks.
Time is money and money is saved with a Q Cabin Kit.
That is why prefabrication is the future of construction.
Faster, better, cheaper – A Q Cabin Kit offers all 3.
Are you ready to get started? It’s simple.
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