Construction methods – prefabricated house, solid house or log house?

After the first years of working life, many people think about whether it is time to start a family. The founding of a family is often linked to a plan to move into a larger apartment or even into a house. Once the decision has been made and you are planning to have a house built, you have many questions to answer. Especially in the field of real estate there are many different terms with which one can do nothing. To help you one step further, we will explain the different construction methods in this article.

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The different construction methods – From prefabricated houses to solid houses

Altogether there are three different construction methods. The three different construction methods are called prefabricated house, solid house and log house. But what are the differences between these three construction methods? What are the advantages and disadvantages? We explain to you the differences that are decisive for you, after all, investing in a house is a life decision and not just a casual decision.

Prefab house – Fast & Cheap

Basically one can say that the construction of a prefabricated house brings cost advantages in contrast to the other variants. The clients also benefit from an extremely short construction period. The sooner your house is finished, the sooner you can move into your new home with your offspring. If you now think that I benefit from a shorter construction time and at the same time have lower costs, then you are mistaken. Prefabricated houses are known for their high quality. But what material is the so-called prefabricated house made of? The wall construction usually consists of wood. If you want to be absolutely sure what you are investing in, you have the opportunity to look at exact samples of prefabricated houses beforehand.

Nevertheless, there are not only advantages but also disadvantages for the prefabricated house. As the name suggests, a prefab house is already “finished”. You therefore do not have much room for manoeuvre. Especially if you have planned to incorporate many of your own ideas into the construction of your house, you should reconsider whether the prefabricated house is the right variant for you. Many already know when they move into the new house that they want to sell it sometime in order to live somewhere else again. For this reason, you should be aware from the outset that a prefabricated house has lost considerable value when resold.

Advantages prefabricated house

  • low construction costs
  • fast construction time
  • precise ideas through samples
  • good insulation
  • high quality

Disadvantages Prefabricated house

  • not much design possibility
  • low heat storage capacity
  • lower value at resale

Solid House – Durable & Diverse

And what is the variant? Besides the prefabricated house, a solid house is a frequently chosen alternative. But what can be the reasons why someone decides to build a massive house? The massive house is famous for one aspect: longevity! Many builders decide to build a massive house because the value remains constant over a very long period of time. Should you decide to move out of your own home at any time, you have the opportunity to receive a similar amount for the house as you have spent. Another positive aspect is that the walls of a massive house store heat. The advantage of that: The house doesn’t cool down so quickly in winter and doesn’t heat up so quickly in summer. If it has always been your dream to make a significant contribution to the design of your home, then the massive house could be just right for you.

And what are the disadvantages of building a massive house? There are two major disadvantages and these are on the one hand the long construction period and on the other hand higher construction costs. “Time is money” is the motto of many people and that’s why this is an aspect you should keep in mind, no matter how much money you have earmarked for building your own home, the costs are interesting for everyone. You should therefore be aware when making your decision that the construction of a massive house entails higher costs than the construction of a prefabricated house.

Frequently Asked Questions about Solid Houses

  • How expensive is a massive house?
  • What does turnkey mean?
    Turnkey is the complete transfer of the finished house, so that you as tenant or owner can move in immediately.
  • What is a massive house?
    “A builder, who decides for a property with 850 square meters and a massif house with a floor space of 150 square meters, must count [on] in the country wide average with costs at a value of approximately 320,000 euro on a property with 850 square meters.”

Advantages solid house

  • longevity
  • high value in case of resale
  • high stability of value
  • Scope of design

Disadvantages Massivhaus

  • Long construction time
  • High construction costs

Video: Prefab House

Log cabin – single & stable

The log house (wooden house) is not quite as well known as the other two constructions. But wrongly, because the construction of the log house brings many advantages with it. Similar to the prefabricated house, the log house is also erected within a very short time and in addition it lasts a long time. In addition, the log house is usually built from the natural building material wood. This aspect not only protects the environment, as it is a renewable raw material, but also creates a special living atmosphere. As a rule, wood has the effect of making a living room look cosy and at home. Combined with a fireplace in winter, it creates a great living feeling. And you also have the opportunity to help design the log cabin yourself.

There are also some negative aspects for the log cabin. It is necessary that the walls of the wooden house are painted regularly. As a rule, this is a period of between 4 and 10 years during which the coating must be refreshed.

Advantages Log House

  • quickly erected
  • often stable
  • natural building material
  • atmosphere
  • longevity
  • Design possibilities

Disadvantages Log cabin

  • regular painting
  • Repairs are difficult

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Earn money as a model: rights of use and buy out for jobs

How do models make a living? How can you earn money as a model? Every year many young girls and of course boys ask themselves whether they can become models themselves and how they would make a living from their job as models? Whether magazine models, like Cara Delevingne model Mama Heidi Klum, Bella and Gigi Hadid, a perfect life in a rush, between hip as VIP parties and campaign shootings. Where exactly does the money come from? We met with an expert today to answer the question! See the full List Buy Out / Rights of use.

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Earn money as a model – usage rights

As a model there are different ways to earn money. As our expert from Model Agency One says, each model starts with building its own model folder. The first thing to do here is to build up your own portfolio in a variety of ways. From Portrait Shooting to sports shoots and also pictures with other models, e.g. in situations like love or friendship. The better one’s facial expressions and gestures become, the stronger one’s personality and the more professional and friendly one’s appearance with the customer is, the further a model can go. The larger the customers become, the more frequently the produced media are used. Whoever makes it as a model in one of the top agencies can earn a lot of money here! Let’s look at a simple example:

The first jobs: small customers

The first model experiences you will make with smaller customers or also with larger, international customers but then these are small jobs. Small customers, for example, can be regional fashion brands that do not have a national or international presence. An example of a small job would be a showroom for a collection presentation. Every season, new fashion collections come onto the market, yet fashion designers present their new collections to their customers six months in advance. This moment when customer and designer come together is called a showroom – a small fashion show without an audience. If you convince with this first job, you will get the opportunity to do photo shoots for online shops or even better, film and video productions.

All the big jobs and usage rights

Punctuality and professionalism are very important in this industry, as your model agency will only refer you to big jobs if your appearance is right.

The shooting of such a commercial is much more complex in comparison to a photo shoot! In a photo studio, the teams usually consist of only a few people:

  • Photographer, directs the shooting
  • Model for presentation
  • Make-up artist for hair and styling
  • Stylistin for the outfits
  • Assistant of the photographer or photographers
  • Sometimes an employee of the customer, e.g. from marketing

In productions for commercials, the teams are already much bigger. Here the list would also be much longer, briefly summarized

  • Production management and assistance
  • Camera people, cable tray and pickups
  • Models and Actors
  • Comparsen, these are e.g. people in the background at an inner city scene
  • Make-up Artists for hair and styling
  • stylists for the outfits
  • Set designer with props
  • Light technician
  • Special Effects for everything from dust to special props
  • Catering and service staff

Not only the production is more complex but also the usage rights are much more diverse and the publications are of course much bigger than a free shooting.

Use rights comparison small and big jobs

For small jobs, the usage rights are often very clear. For example, the customer only has a website or an online shop on which the photos are presented. If customers book models for a job, then you also send the corresponding usage rights to the model agency, where an appropriate offer is then calculated. For this calculation you need different data, which are the most important ones:

  • Media – In which formats are the photos or videos shown? Print, online, social media, poster advertising, cinema, streaming,…
  • Countries – Where will the photos or videos be displayed?
  • Time – How long will the photos and videos be visible in each media format?

At the beginning the inquiries are relatively clear, so a small customer, who has e.g. 5 stores in Berlin, would book the following relatively simply

  • Onlineshop and website for one year + Social Media

Based on the Buy-Out list the model agency can now calculate the fee for the model including the usage rights for the one year with website and online shop. For larger jobs, as well as commercials, the rights of use are of course correspondingly more extensive, this can look like this in a short form:

  • TV station, 6 months, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Italy
  • Posters in calendar week 42 to 46 in Paris, London, Berlin, Rome
  • Online video for advertising in social media, six weeks before premiere

The buy-out list also helps here, because it not only has the individual items, for example for social networks YouTube, Instagram, Tik Tok and Facebook, here you can also find package prices. If a customer e.g. different print media bay, one can make a larger package. In the end, the model earns more money, but the customer also saves a little. Win Win for both sides.

Calculation example for Model Jobs

When models work is always a basic daily commitment agreed. A simple invoice, for example, would be 1000 EUR for the customer. But now he wants to use the photos internationally for streaming. The model agency now takes a look at the list and can calculate from it how high the client’s budget must be. In the Buy-Out list you will find percentages, these are calculated on the daily fees. It’ll look that way:

  • Day ticket 1000 €
  • Usage rights 560 % = 5600 €
  • earnings 6600 € total

If the usage rights are then extended for another year, the model will of course earn money again! And this is where we come to the crux of the matter and the answer to the question, how can you earn money as a model? If the commercial is bought for another year, with the same rights of use, the model earns 5600 € again. If the video is bought for another year, it will be 5600 € again. In the end you have earned more than 15000 € from one single day of work!

Model Agency One: Official Buy-Out List

Model Agency One is a free platform where models can find the most prestigious agencies worldwide. Whether New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Milan, Paris, Shanghai, London, Hamburg or Cape Town. Models can not only find the best agencies worldwide for free, they can also find a lot of tips, a complete guide on the subject of models and of course all important information on the subject of minimum size, weight and of course all kinds of jobs, from fashion shows to trade fairs, photo shooting for online shops and of course commercials.

On Model Agency One there is also a buy out list for model agencies. Here, these agencies can find out worldwide how high the usage rights are for individual media, for individual countries and, of course, for a specific term. This makes it very easy to calculate job offers. The Bayreuth List is updated twice a year and is based on the respective gross domestic product of the individual countries. This means that the more money a country makes, the higher the buyouts.

A list of usage rights is available for free download here


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