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Title:Sectionalized Houses
Author(s):Jones, Rudard A.
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Abstract:Sectionalized houses, defined as houses erected from room-size or larger three dimensional elements, are examined as to their suitability for the lumber dealer operation. The most prevalent form of sectionalized house is the half-house, normally not exceeding 12 feet in width. Two half-houses are completely fabricated in a factory and brought to the building site, where they are joined. The sectionalized building system offers the lumber dealer the opportunity for more complete control of the final house package It offers the advantage of minimum site labor, and more shop construction, resulting in more efficient production and better coordination of various trades. The disadvantages of the method include the need for a large manufacturing area (enclosed in most instances), and the arrangement for suitable transportation and erection procedures and handling equipment. Sectionalized house construction may be developed to various degrees. In the ultimate the entire house, excepting the foundation, is fabricated in the shop, delivered to the site, and placed in position over the prepared foundation. For a reasonable operation, distances must be short as housemoving techniques will have to be employed in the transporting of the house. A possible future solution is the use of air transport, specifically a helicopter, for moving and placing the house. A more general solution is to divide the house lengthwise into sections which approach trailer size. The objective is to bring the section into the classification of a trailer , thereby simplifying the transportation problems. Transportation laws, and the enforcement thereof' then become critical e It appears that 10-foot-wide trailers are now generally accepted, and many states make provision for units 12 feet wide. When transportation regulations are strictly enforced, roof overhangs and other extensions must be encompassed within the legal limits or they will have to be added later. In other areas, where regulations are more flexible, some leeway may be permitted in the width of the structure. The builder of a sectionalized house will have to determine which of two possibilities will best suit his purpose: a) discard size limitations and depend upon a house-moving permit; b) adhere to highway movement limitations . The latter appears necessary when hauling over highways is involved. Since an overall dimension of 24 feet (two 12-foot sections) limits design possibilities, an alternate system of two 12-foot sections field-connected by a smaller section is suggested. Probably the first step that should be considered by most prospective operators would be the shop-building of those house sections requiring the most detailed labor, particularly the bath, kitchen, and utility areas o The remainder of the construction might be done in a more conventional manner. Each lumber dealer will, of necessity, be required to analyze his particular circumstances in order to determine the advantages or disadvantages that might accrue to him in the construction of sectionalized houses.
Issue Date:1962
Publisher:Small Homes Council - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Series/Report:Research Report 62-2
Genre:Technical Report
Sponsor:Lumber Dealers Research Council
Rights Information:Copyright 1962 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-09-23

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