A stick-built home is one constructed entirely or largely on-site; that is,
built on the site which it is intended to occupy upon its completion
rather than in a factory or similar facility. This term is used to contrast
such a dwelling with modular homes that are pre-assembled and
transported to the site entirely or mostly complete. In general, homes
that are custom designed or built according to stock plans are
considered stick-built so long as they are constructed on-site.
Stick built homes are also those homes which are built using a more
conventional method of home building rather than a timber framed type.
The term stick built may be somewhat of a misnomer, simply because
they are not sticks being used but wood planks. The name may lead
some to believe the homes are not well constructed or sturdy however
this could not be further from the truth. The "sticks" mentioned usually
refer specifically to the superstructure of the walls and roof and floor
Most stick built homes have many of the same elements in common.
They are usually built with nominal lumber, though it is possible to use
metal framing members for the construction.