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Old 08-04-2008, 05:31 PM
 
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Ive been looking at homes and watching prices in Raleigh & Durham and most of them that I like (in the pictures anyway) say "Site Built Stick". Is this the norm? I was under the impression that those houses are built cheaply. Am I mistaken?
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Old 08-04-2008, 05:46 PM
 
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Don't let this worry you. When a house is "site built stick", that simply means that the house was built entirely on the site. These are different from "pre-fabricated" houses or "manufactured homes" which are put together in factories.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:04 PM
 
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The only thing that means is that it is not a mobile home
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Ive been looking at homes and watching prices in Raleigh & Durham and most of them that I like (in the pictures anyway) say "Site Built Stick". Is this the norm? I was under the impression that those houses are built cheaply. Am I mistaken?
"Site Built Stick" means that the framers had to assemble the walls on site, from lumber and sheathing.
"Site Built Stick" may refer to townhomes or detached single family homes.

Many builders currently assemble the frame from wall panels that are built in a factory, with the wall panel package being delivered in a stack of walls via flat bed truck.
Walls are framed, and exterior walls have the sheathing installed on the stud framing.
With a crane, a good crew can assemble a home much faster, and get it dried in from the elements quicker.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:11 AM
 
Location: Former Michigander living in Durham, NC (SW Durham)
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"Site Built Stick" means that the framers had to assemble the walls on site, from lumber and sheathing.
"Site Built Stick" may refer to townhomes or detached single family homes.

Many builders currently assemble the frame from wall panels that are built in a factory, with the wall panel package being delivered in a stack of walls via flat bed truck.
Walls are framed, and exterior walls have the sheathing installed on the stud framing.
With a crane, a good crew can assemble a home much faster, and get it dried in from the elements quicker.
Thanks, Mike. I KNEW we could count on one of our knowledgeable realtors to easily define what it means!
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mtns of NC
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"Site Built Stick" means that the framers had to assemble the walls on site, from lumber and sheathing.
"Site Built Stick" may refer to townhomes or detached single family homes.

Many builders currently assemble the frame from wall panels that are built in a factory, with the wall panel package being delivered in a stack of walls via flat bed truck.
Walls are framed, and exterior walls have the sheathing installed on the stud framing.
With a crane, a good crew can assemble a home much faster, and get it dried in from the elements quicker.
Yeah, I think the period of on-site construction entirely of unassembled materials is long gone. I see flat-bed trucks with pre-assembled roof trusses on the highways quite frequently nowadays.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:48 PM
 
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Mike, where is the line drawn? How many prefabricated elements can be used in construction before a house is no longer considered "site built stick"? Is there a legal definition?
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Old 08-05-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Mike, where is the line drawn? How many prefabricated elements can be used in construction before a house is no longer considered "site built stick"? Is there a legal definition?

That's one I can't answer. A code official might be able to answer, but I think it would revolve around manufactured components that had concealment of structural connections, or electrical, plumbing, or mechanical system components that would render on-site inspections impossible.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:32 PM
 
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THANK YOU ALL!

I feel much comfortable now with this info. I love the NC forum!
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