Prefab Panelized Power – How to Frame Your Own Home With Prefabricated Walls

Pluck that home building dream from the clouds. Make it real. Is it your time to actually jump in with both feet and build your own home?


Over many years I’ve helped hundreds of people build their own homes by the sweat of their own brows. It isn’t easy, to be sure. Framing a home can be very complicated for the novice. Lot’s of time, effort, and help is required. But, for those who have the time and the sincere desire, there are ways to use your own muscle, and that of your family and friends, and frame your own homes.


Panelized Prefab Homes Make Home Building Doable

One advent in recent years has made the dream possible for people. Prefabricated homes allow people with more marginable skills to actually perform a lot of their own labor during construction. These “kit homes” include panelized wall systems that make the process of framing easier to understand and accomplish. I often recommend them for those who want to do their own framing and a lot of their own building.


While there are advantages, there are some cautions to be aware of. Take a look at these plusses and minuses and judge for yourself if prefab panelized wall systems make sense for you.



The framing is done and delivered to you in sections, often in the panel lengths that you request. You receive a complete schematic that shows you exactly where each section of exterior and interior walls go.



Even though these panels are assembled in dry factory conditions on assembly jigs, they are not always 100% square and level. Laborers at the plants are often unskilled and make mistakes. You need to ask the company about their guarantees.



A lot of decisions are eliminated leaving you more time for other things. Measuring is done, nailing is done, and window and door openings along with headers are in place and completed. These are huge time savers for the home-owner builder.



Sometimes the codes followed by the kit home company differs from the local code requirements you’re dealing with. This can cause confusion and mistakes. You will need to have your building department or engineer review the procedures of your housing company before the panels are made.



Assuming you have found a really good and conscientious kit home company to prefab your framing, you’ll have quality, kiln-dried wood and very exacting measurements. Wall sections will be square and true. This can really speed the construction process.



Any mistake in the foundation … deviating from proper measurements, square and level, can cause significant frustration and time delays. You really must make sure that the foundation is made to the exact measurements of the panelized wall sections and that it is perfectly level.


Prefab Framing or Not, You Need Help


Of course, it goes without saying that framing your home is only one step in the home building process. The foundation must be laid, the electrical, plumbing, interior finishing materials and labor, the roofing, siding, etc. etc. To make sure you can handle all this it’s wise to hire a home-building consultant/coach. That will help you manage the entire process.


So, for the framing job, using pre-panelized walls can be the leg-up you need. Do your homework. Check out the companies that provide kit homes and panelization. Ask to see homes under construction. Get samples of their schematics and talk to references. Maybe you can be a framer after all. Happy framing!