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Marmol Radziner: Finish Construction

Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place.
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With the exterior complete, it’s time to build out the interior. Drywall, windows, tiling, fixtures, and appliances are put into place. Custom cabinetry is milled and installed in the factory.

Finish surfacing comes next—windows, drywall, cabinetry, ornamental metalwork, tiling, appliances, and fixtures are put into place. As the module makes its way to the finish line, the workstations focus on small details and refinements. “We actually bend a lot of our own sheet metal to do the details around the windows, the flashing and trim,” says Jerry. Because such a large portion of the modules’ walls are glazed, great care is paid to creating a perfect edge on the windows and doors. Roofing comes next. Hydraulic lifts raise the roof modules and set them into place. “We start setting the parapet cap down and bring the detail around that,” explains Jerry. “We use a membrane roof, so it’s just a thick sheet of rubber.” Later, at the homesite, this membrane will be fully attached to the frame’s roof, then sealed and seamed. The final step of the process is the exterior cladding, which includes exterior siding, insulation, and doors. “We do built-in cabinetry, paneling, metal handrails, and also furniture,” says Jerry. “In that way, we’re vertically integrated and have the capability of doing everything ourselves. That’s really driven by the need to deliver the high quality of finish.”

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A sketch of an interior.

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    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

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