What No One Tells You About Stick Built

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Lengthy time, possible future expansion, unwanted waste, and higher costs are things you won’t normally hear about when considering stick built over modular construction, but let’s take a closer look at the possibilities.

When attempting to go the stick built route the most important thing to consider is time. A typical stick built structure is usually drawn by an architect then has to be approved by the customer. Materials are brought to the job site in multiple loads usually throughout the entire building process. Then the building is constructed and many times delayed due to materials not being delivered on time and complications with the weather. With a modular construction project your time can be cut in half or more. The building is constructed offsite and delivered all at once ready to be assembled quickly.


Another thing you probably won’t hear about it is the possibility of future expansion. If you are building for a growing business you may have to expand again very soon by adding an addition or possibly a second story. With stick built there would be some sort of demolition involved at least down to the frame, and this creates a lot of unwanted waste, air pollution, and excess materials being used. Choosing the modular route new walls can be built right against existing walls. You can also use a load bearing roof if the possibility of a second story is in your future.

Lastly there is cost, which is always a deciding factor when choosing the right building method for your specific need. Stick built costs can reach as much as 40 % above the costs of modular building.  Wasted materials and labor costs for the long building time of stick built add up quickly. Overall, when considering time, expansion, codes, the environment, and cost; the best value in building is more-often-than-not modular construction.


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