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Most of the queries we’ve received over the years have been specific to our construction process and how it can save time and money without ever sacrificing quality or the ability to customize. If you've been questioning some of these same points, the information below will help.

If however, you have a question that has not been answered here, please contact us directly and we will be happy to assist you.

  • QUESTION: What is Component Construction?
  • ANSWER: Component Construction builds homes according to local building codes using traditional framing details. Components are built in a factory as roof trusses, wall panels and floor panels. The components are transported to the job site where they are assembled into place with a crane. Completion of the exterior and interior of the home is done at the job site.

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  • QUESTION: What is the difference between Component Construction and Stick Built Construction?
  • ANSWER: Stick Built Construction refers to the building method where the entire home is built at the jobsite stick by stick. Today few homes are built completely as Stick Built Construction because most homes use components that are built in a factory such as roof trusses, windows, pre-hung doors and cabinets. Component Construction just continues the trend by building walls and floors as components.

    Both Component and Stick Built Construction follow the same local building code and use the same traditional framing details. Component Construction builds inside in a controlled environment, on specialized equipment with all of the materials within easy reach. Stick Built Construction builds outside on the ground in all types of weather and has to work with material where ever the lumber yard dumps it.

    The main advantages of Component Construction are that the builder has much better control of their costs, the homes are framed in much more quickly and there is less weather damage and theft at the jobsite.

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  • QUESTION: What is a manufactured home?
  • ANSWER: Technically a manufactured home is a mobile home. In 1976 the US Government adopted a national HUD building code for mobile homes. In that program they defined mobile homes as manufactured homes and the mobile home industry has since adopted that name. A better name to use for these types of homes is manufactured mobile homes.

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  • QUESTION: How can I tell the difference between homes built with each of these construction methods?
  • ANSWER: You need to find out what building code the home is being built to. The home is a manufactured mobile home if it is built following the national HUD building code. The most unique characteristic is that the floor is a steel chassis. The home is a regular home if it follows the local building code. All regular homes use components that are built in a factory. The degree of completion in a factory is what defines the difference between modular, component and stick-built homes. All three of these types of homes are indistinguishable from each other when the home is finished.

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  • QUESTION: What are the main benefits of Component Construction?


    • The builder is better able to control costs for the homeowner
    • Homes are completed faster
    • Homes are built in a controlled environment minimizing weather damage and theft at the jobsite

    The building process begins by engineering the home on a 3D computer system. Our engineers analyze the home to make sure it is structurally sound.

    The 3D engineering system interfaces with our order management system to order all of the material needed to build the home. Components are built as floor panels, wall panels and roof trusses in our state of the art production facilities. The 3D engineering system interfaces with computer controlled saws to accurately and efficiently cut material. Specialized equipment is used to build the components in a quality and efficient manner. And the best part is that the components are built indoors in a controlled environment which minimizes weather damage and jobsite theft.

    Components are loaded onto trucks and delivered to the jobsite. A typical home is delivered on three loads. At the jobsite, the builder puts in the foundation and supervises a four person subcontract crew that assembles the components onto the foundation using a crane. The crew generally completes all of the framing in 2-5 days depending on the size of the home.

    Exterior completion material such as siding and shingles are delivered with the framing components. The builder coordinates the installation of these materials after framing is complete.

    On the inside of the home, the builder coordinates plumbers, electricians, insulating contractors, sheetrock hangers and drywallers.

    Once drywalling is complete, Wausau Homes delivers the remaining interior completion materials such as cabinets, countertops, interior doors and trim. The builder coordinates the installation of these materials and the finishing of the home.

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