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By Kay in Locust Grove, GA on 10/2/2007


Hey all,

I just closed on my loan, and am psyched to begin building.  I am building a 2,034 sq. ft. home.  I would prefer to go with panelized walls.  Does anyone have any opinions on going panelized or stick built?  That is, would walls, floors, roof and floors being constructed in a factory be built "right" or stronger?

I got a quote from a company in Georgia called Citadel Building.  Anyone heard of them? 

I just requested a panelized bid from 84 Lumber.  Anyone familiar with their work when it comes to wall panels?

Any advice would be really helpful.

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By Brian in Dexter, MI on 10/10/2007


I used Universal Forest Products for panels. The panels are nice, and save some time, but it all comes down to your framing crew. A bad crew putting together panel walls is no better or faster than a good crew that is stick-framing. What do your framers think? If you have already picked framers, you can figure out if the discount they will give you with going to panel walls is more than the cost difference to have them panel-built.

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By Kay in Locust Grove, GA on 10/12/2007


Hey Brian,

Thanks so much for the advice.  I decided to go with a company called Citadel here in Georgia.  The price for panelization was very competitive with stick-framing.  I was also able to find some framers that have experience in this type of framing.

I have 18 windows and two exterior doors in the house and received a quote from a lumber company for $6,300 (MW Windows).  Does that sound too high?

I was reading another post where you mentioned getting 37 North Star windows for only $13K.  Which location did you get it from?

All advice is greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

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By Brian in Dexter, MI on 10/12/2007


I just used the North Star dealer locator, got a list of all the dealers within a few hundred miles, and asked them all to give me quotes. Once I looked at them line-by-line, I found the cheapest dealer. There was about 20% price difference from the lowest dealer to the highest. There are a lot of window choices, but I liked North Star because I could get triple-pane windows with U-values below .20 and they were cheap. $6,300 isn't bad at all.

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