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Old 06-06-2001, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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modular walls vs. traditional framing what's better?would like to hear the input of salon owners as to which is better and why?price wise,looks,durability,cost.for example this is how I see itModular wall nice looking expensive (1500.00 a room)can lease and take with you. Traditional framingmore workcheaperConsidering the cost to buy 2"x4" wood at .89 a piece and a standard 8'x8' room, then drywall, and paint would the cost of building a 10 room salon be cheaper then buying 8-10 modular roomsdoes anyone have modular walls and what do you think of them are they worth the investment of $12,000thanks again for everyone's input.
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Hi John You really answered your own question. Modular walls typically will be more expensive but the have more value especially to a bank or leasing company. Traditional buildout will be cheaper with more flexibility in design. Modular walls I believe are a must for people looking for a more turn key approach. One other thing I will caution on too is checking with your city. Some modular wall company's will say you don't need a permit for the walls but that is not allways the case. My advice would be to research both options and do what is best for you. By the way did you get your equipment on order?Have A Good DayJeff
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I would also consider the limitations with wiring on modular walls. If you are using equipment with a built in remotew timer such as T-max where a wall unit is not nessasary it isn't so bad but, If you need to add 110outlets and a remote outlet it may be difficult to hide the wires.Just a thought!
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John, check the current issue of Island Sun Times. They just did a really informative article on this.
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Old 06-07-2001, 08:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
 
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Thanks everyone each of you had a good point. I think I will go with traditional framing. unless I can be convinced otherwise.I guess I started thinking about the modular walls when I read a write up on them they seemed impressive though cost was high. Tut you made a good point about wiring and I'm not fully sure of the beds I want yet. and linda still waiting on my issue of IST. maybe it will come today thanks again for everyones input
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I have modular walls and love them. The walls I have, have a chase for electrical and tmax wires so that is not a problem.The entire build out for a 17 bed salon was 2 weeks.... thats from cement floor to opening date. The walls took less than a day to set up.On of the big advatages that they have over my other store with stick built, is the DUST. The first store is over a year old and we still have drywall dust everywhere. None with the modular walls
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I see some advantages of the modular walls. This one thing that comes to mind is will the customer think you are temporary! Take the money, pack up and move to another town!Years ago when we first opened we had a lot of people that had purchase a long term package with salon to find out that they went out of business and took their money. Haven't gotten that response in years but some parts of the country may still have such cases.Michael
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Modular walls are key if you plan on being very successful, but are starting out small. Not too many people can afford to open up a new salon as big as they would like. Most settle for smaller or cheaper leased locations. Doing a buildout you have to have your money upfront for materials, labor, etc... Then if you outgrow your location, and move to a bigger location you just left a salon built for your competition. Not a good idea. With a modular wall setup, lease the walls, lease the building. When you move take the walls with you, they are not part of the building. Modular walls also provide you with a nice tax break also. Buildout becomes part of the building must be depreciated over 39 1/2 years. Modular walls are not part of the building and the cost can be depreciated over seven years. There are many positives to Modular walls that offset the added cost, so before you dismiss them too quickly check both sides of the fence. Definitely check out the IST article, they did a good job on that. ------------------
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