Thursday, October 10, 2013

Lamoille County Vermont Panelized Home

During the last week of September, our client's local building crew worked on the construction of their new custom cape that uses our Energy Smart Panel wall and roof system. The home also features a few timber accents to give the home character. The wall and roof panels were installed in less than a week, a much quicker process than conventionally building a home.

Our Energy Smart wall panels yield an R20 and the roof yields an R40 making this a very energy efficient home for our client and his family. The home features a nice walk out basement adding to the living space of this cape style home.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Panelized Barn and Apartment

Design by Matt Banow Design

It's been awhile since we have posted on our blog. We've not only had a very busy summer but I was on maternity leave making it more of a challenge to update the blog. We have quite a few exciting panelized projects coming up and we look forward to keeping you in the loop! Read about our latest project below:

The couple chose to build a barn with an apartment above first and eventually down the road will be building their retirement home. The barn features a combination of timber framing and panelized construction. The main structure of the barn is wrapped with our Energy Smart Panel wall and roof system.With our wall and roof panels, the client has the option to have them insulated in our shop or they can be insulated on site. Our client's chose to have their panels insulated on site. 

Above the bays will be an apartment that will feature a living room, kitchen, bathroom (which will also feature the laundry area) and a bedroom. There is also a ships ladder in the living room that leads to a lofted area. Off of the second floor will be a deck where the couple can enjoy a warm evening.

The first floor walls erected.

The second floor walls erected.

Eastern white pine timbers 

The loft area

Interested in learning more about our weather tight shell package options? Call us today at 800-636-0993!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Does a One Story House Cost More To Build?

A traditional two story farm house. A simple rectangular two story home like the one above is the most cost effective home you can build. 

At Energy Smart Panel, we often receive the question, can a one story home be built for around the same cost as a two story house? The answer is probably not. If you were to compare the cost to construct a one story home that has the same square footage as a two story home, the cost to construct the one story home would likely be more. Also, building up rather than out is much more cost effective because you will need half the foundation and half the roofing of what you will need for a one story home.

This blog post is not intended to deter you from building a one story home, but rather explain why a one story home may cost you more to build per square foot.

If you are looking to get the most square footage for the best cost per square foot, consider a two story design. However, if you do decide that you do want a one story house and budget is a concern, you can build an affordable one story home but it's important to keep your design simple (especially the roof) and also important to keep the footprint as compact as possible. The larger your footprint, the more it will cost in the foundation and roofing, two big ticket construction budget items.

Interested in learning more about our panelized homes? Call us today at 800-636-0993!