The Advantages of Prefabricated Modular Buildings

Prefabricated Modular BuildingsPortable buildings, also known as modular buildings, are very different & distinct from mobile homes. Portable buildings are sectional prefabricated buildings manufactured in a plant and delivered in one or more modules or sections that can be transported and assembly in designated location.

There are three good reasons why people consider to choose a prefabricated modular buildings, which are; money, time, and variety. Prefabricated modular buildings generally cost less than buildings made through traditional stick construction.

Prefabricated modular buildings can be ready for occupancy in a much shorter time than stick-build buildings. Therefore there are growing numbers of builders that use these prefabricated modular buildings.

The speed with which prefabricated modular buildings can be erected accounts in part for their lower cost. Virtually all prefabricated modular buildings are constructed for the most part in a factory where skilled and unskilled assembly line workers using highly sophisticated equipment can produce more with a high degree of efficiency and accuracy than an individual builder could hope to do.

Prefabricated modular buildings are made year round in climate controlled factories. Stick-built buildings – especially those constructed in parts of the country with severe winters – are built on schedules subject to being adjusted for weather conditions. Construction flat out stops in many parts of the country where it gets too cold to build and spring rains can cause further delays.

To be fair weather can affect prefabricated modular buildings too specifically in terms of foundation work and also its possible weather could delay the delivery of the prefabricated modular buildings to the site. But the actual construction of the prefabricated building is unaffected by weather.

Factory assembly lines can lower the per unit cost to the consumer by producing each unit faster, using unskilled labor, and purchase large amounts of materials at quantity discounts. The finished product is also of higher quality.

One drawback of mass production is uniformity. The factor turns out high quality low cost prefabricated buildings but the way factories are set up to mass produce, all the units they produce will be identical and if you don’t like the style being produced then you’ll have to pay more to have a custom designed prefabricated modular building constructed especially to suit your needs and tastes.

Another advantage of prefabricated modular buildings is saving on the hidden cost of vandalism. The local contractor may find this a serious problem at a building site but an enclosed factory provides much better security. The building contractor no doubt passes on the cost of vandalism to the end consumer.

According to the executive vice president of the National Association of Building Manufacturers one of the biggest contributing factors to the growth of the prefabricated modular building industry is the diminishing supply of trained and skilled craftsmen in the construction trade.

As time has passed, older craftsmen have retired and the younger generation has chosen less physically demanding careers. The number of apprentice programs has declined too. All these factors contribute to an increase in the prefabricated modular building industry.

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Xeriscaping with Crassula Tetragona

Xeriscaping with Crassula TetragonaCrassula tetragona are drought tolerant plants look a little like pine branches with the needles sticking out the sides, or a green bottle brush. They are often used in bonsai pots to look like pine trees. In the open ground, they can grow up to 4 feet tall. They will branch at the tips and can be used as a low, informal hedge.

Their leaves, which look like fat pine needles are about an inch long. Their color can vary from green to deep, bluish green. They can take full sun to light shade, love heat and are easy to root and grow.

Like other Crassula, these grow well in dry gardens with other succulent and cacti. As houseplants, give them up to 6 hours a day of sun. They should also do well with bright, indirect light. These perennial plants are drought tolerant and only need water once a month or so. In summer they get wide, flat sprays of flowers.

Blooms are produced on the tips of their branches. Flower color can vary from white to yellow. Crassula are hardy to 40 degrees. In garden they can survive with light dustings of frost. But all that water stored in their leaves and branches will freeze if they are exposed to cold temperatures for very long.

Crassula are easily propagated by cuttings so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of plants. These plants branch at the tips and can get a little too heavy. Trim the tops to create more succulents for your landscape. If you plant the cutting straight up, it will continue to grow that way.

If you place a cutting on its side, the cutting will develop roots along the branch and form several plants. Those branches take root with no help from you. So, you’re slowly getting bigger groups of Crassula growing around the yard with no time or effort, cool right?

Xeriscaping (landscaping or gardening with little amount of water) with drought tolerant cactus and succulent plants has become popular, especially in dry or dessert area. Crassula are growing in both full sun and shade, in heavy alkaline, clay soil. They are poking up around my cactus and their fluffy branches provide a nice contrast to the flat green cactus pads.

You only need to water this plant once a month. They’re pretty, carefree and always look green when everything else has fried. If you think you have a brown thumb, this is the plant for you!

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Promoting Your Homes and Building Offers

Homes and Building OffersWhen one is looking into marketing for the home builder, one should find a number of tools to promote newly built homes and home-building offers:

Advertising: the marketing for the home builder package should offer an advertising agency.

Your primary goal, to draw leads, should be catered to with such services and offerings as a marketing plan, an established venue (or venues), listings and listings links, link-backs, artistic renderings (drawings and/or photos), all to create web presence by name branding, the latest in internet sales generating techniques.

Boosts: marketing for the home builder agencies should include sales generating tools.

To generate interest and sales and then to continue that interest and maintain string relationships, the company you choose will have tools and services that ensure a complete home builders cycle secures home buyers, keeps them, and has them passing the word of your reputable relationship on to others.

Such features might include website design, maintenance, and support; online advertising, including satisfaction testimonials; offline advertising, an aggressive outreach and promotion deal, and biographical and work history and experience materials that promote your quality work, your comprehensive home building experience, and your commercial decorum.

Creative support: the complete marketing for the home builder company will offer creative support.

Rendering artists and graphic designers are at the epicenter of home builder marketing and sales. Architectural representation, aesthetic exterior and interior capturing, and 3D floor plan drafting and presentation are all one of the most important elements in the reaching, resale, and referral process.

The marketing for the home builder package, ideally, also includes sale training and support disclosure.

The agency that suits you best will even include a sales and marketing team that encourages your involvement by identifying strategies and techniques used to maximize your sales. In addition, a support system should be firmly ensconced in the process.

Additional marketing for the home builder pluses are a boon to your business, as well.

Such knowledgeable insight into demographics, market supply and demand cycles, and other newsworthy market research data would make for an even smoother sales process, as well as facilitate your responding to sales leads, making presentations, and responding to warranty calls.

An agency that maintains and accesses a centralized database, that provides complete analyses, does buyer profiling, and works with feasibility studies as well as focus groups will assure you of a more successful new home marketing process.

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Honed Finishes Maintenance

Honed Finishes MaintenanceA honed finish is a satin surface with relatively little light reflection. It is specified for floors, thresholds and other locations where the presence of water might make a polished finish slippery, or where heavy traffic would wear off the polished finish.

As a rule, honed finishes are more susceptible to soiling than polished finishes, because a honed surface is slightly more porous and absorptive than polished finish. However, the honed finish is easier to restore because it will sustain harsher cleaning efforts.

Normal maintenance of honed finishes involves as-needed washing with clean water and mildly abrasive cleaners, which retain a pumice-type finish, while the cleaners remove soils. There are thick liquid cleaners and chlorine-bleach type scouring powders commercially available.

The marble should be wet with clean, hot water. Then using a mildly abrasive alkaline cleaner and stiff bristle brush wash it in overlapping and swirling strokes. Suds can be left to stand for several minutes to permit the bleaching agents to work on the stains and dirt. Rinse thoroughly and dry with cotton, cotton flannel, burlap or a chamois skin. Wipe it well to avoid from streaking the marble’s surface.

If further cleaning is required, you can use a special treatment or make a paste to the consistency of syrup using a mildly abrasive alkaline cleaning powder if necessary. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

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