Prefab sheds for homes...

Jayclimber

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I have been looking more and more and these types of structures for a piece of land! Drop several on a 20-40 acre lot of land and you have the makings of a BOL...

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Naked interior so you finish them out and wire or plumb as needed...
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Possible sleeping loft or storage..
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Around here they price like this
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They would really make a great BOL cabin or hunt camp!
 

Red dog

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There are a lot of those in my area, they are difficult to finish out because of non standard stud spacing and in my experience those with lofts or lofted ceilings, the ceiling joists are never level and need to be backed with another board to make a level ceiling. I can easily build something for half the price and it would be twice as nice. Lots of people think of them as tiny homes, when in reality 20 years ago they were selling the same thing to store your lawnmowers and shovels in. They are just fancy sheds.
 

Bacash

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Build it yourself and save alot if money.

Nope. When I used to frame houses, people would ask us to build them a shed, then shit a brick at the price and say they could buy one already built way cheaper. The companies that build those buy the materials by the train car load, they can build and sell it cheaper than I can buy the material because of the quantity they buy in.
 

Mattsn

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Nope. When I used to frame houses, people would ask us to build them a shed, then shit a brick at the price and say they could buy one already built way cheaper. The companies that build those buy the materials by the train car load, they can build and sell it cheaper than I can buy the material because of the quantity they buy in.
Yeah but that's the key. It's cheaply built. Ie built many sheds for myself and friends. You can build it yourself much higher quality than you can buy it already built at the same quality.

As reddog pointed out. Those prefab units are built like crap, usually two foot on center studs. Twisted lumber nailed instead of screwed.

I like the idea Jay has. Just wouldn't want that quality.
 

240Geezer

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#8
Those ones that Jay posted look nice.
Not like the aforementioned crap I see around here.
The 8x12 shed I built for shovels and lawn mowers 25 years ago is still solid as a rock.
I think I spent $400 dollars to build it back then. Probably cost triple that now but that’s still only about TWELVE dollars per sq ft.
 

Jayclimber

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Those ones that Jay posted look nice.
Not like the aforementioned crap I see around here.
The 8x12 shed I built for shovels and lawn mowers 25 years ago is still solid as a rock.
I think I spent $400 dollars to build it back then. Probably cost triple that now but that’s still only about TWELVE dollars per sq ft.
These are Amish built and around here they usually built top notch...
 

Red dog

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These are Amish built and around here they usually built top notch...
Sorry Jayclimer, raised in Amish country and manufactured home country, Amish built doesn't mean quality, it means some sixteen year old with a nail gun is making money for his family. Count the number of nails you see looking at the posts outside and in other places, when you really notice you'll wonder if they were getting paid by the pound used and how you could load a gun fast enough and carry enough nail sticks with you to put in all that they do. Look at photo 2, look at the bottom of the post and the 2x4's going across, you really need that many nails? and believe me there's that many going all around.
 

Red dog

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If you do get one, notice they are on 4x6 runners, my best advice is to pour a level pad for it to sit on otherwise when they deliver they just block up the ends how ever they need to to level it and they are done. Time and gravity does the rest and you end up with a sink in the middle and other problems.
 

The Branch Manager

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#17
Build it yourself and save alot if money
they are difficult to finish out because of non standard stud spacing
can easily build something for half the price
One of my guys currently lives in one. He got washed away in the 16 flood, lost everything. Got a 14x20 from Lowe's, it was about 1400$ delivered. Slapped some insulation in it and a good heat/ac window unit. It will get really cold in there. He's given up finishing it, mainly because of the non standard sizes. 20" centers? Yep. Once he clears up the title problem on his land; a local trailer home dealer and client will finance him no questions asked with the land as collateral. I think he's got around 5 grand in La Shed, no bathroom and the shower is a freestanding unit outside. He's really being a good sport about life.
 

Grevlin

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One of my "to-do" items is to properly research pre-fab construction availability and on-site labor. I believe there is a sweet spot of what is done in a factory setting and what is done on-site.

I just need to analyze the spikes in cost, find kits that handle that, and then use on-site labor to finish the project.

...plus in that magic equation is keeping profit margins to a minimum. From a whole-project perspective.


I think there is progress being made even as we speak in this field, so its a moving target.



Why? You may ask - because I intend on using that research to build an off-grid house SMACK in the middle of B.F.E. In maybe 4 to 5 years if all goes to plan. I still have 4ish years of work on the road I want to see about.
 

O:gweh

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One of my "to-do" items is to properly research pre-fab construction availability and on-site labor. I believe there is a sweet spot of what is done in a factory setting and what is done on-site.

I just need to analyze the spikes in cost, find kits that handle that, and then use on-site labor to finish the project.

...plus in that magic equation is keeping profit margins to a minimum. From a whole-project perspective.


I think there is progress being made even as we speak in this field, so its a moving target.



Why? You may ask - because I intend on using that research to build an off-grid house SMACK in the middle of B.F.E. In maybe 4 to 5 years if all goes to plan. I still have 4ish years of work on the road I want to see about.
4-5 :whistle: Cutting it close to 2025. That has the potential to be a pretty ugly year.
 

O:gweh

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Jay I think they would make a good "living space" at a bug out location. Quick and dirty. Easy to drop into place.

A quick look at the pic of window construction is a little weak. No header or jack studs. You can almost guarantee sticky windows down the road......but its a BOL building. Better than a tent !!!