Models and Floor Plans:
Quality and Safety:
We've developed relationships with fabricators throughout the U.S.A. to help make LivingHomes available nationwide. We've installed LivingHomes from Los Angeles to New Orleans to Toronto and we'll choose a factory closest to the site to keep the transport costs to a minimum. (see Cost, Process, below).
The first LivingHome, The RK1.4,designed by Ray Kappe, FAIA, is shown every Friday from 1-2PM. Please reserve your free tickets by clicking here. The LivingHome is also included on several local-area tours conducted by architectural groups. Sign up for our mailing list and weâll let you know about these tours as they're organized.
LivingHomes strives to create homes that are as healthy as possible and that have minimal ecological footprints. To guide us, we a set of design goals for each LivingHome that we call Z6: Zero Water, Zero Energy, Zero Waste, Zero Emissions, Zero Carbon, and Zero Ignorance.
To measure these goals, LivingHomes uses the USGBC's LEED Program LivingHomes commits to only building at least LEED Silver level homes.
To learn more about our services you can contact our sales department directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 310-581-8500 x1.
We have both standard and custom LivingHomes. Our various lines of homes range from $139 - $230+ per square foot. That number is for the modules only and does not include design costs for customization, permit fees, engineering, transport, install, foundation or site construction administration fees, should you choose us to manage the site work. Excluding the design costs, these other costs can add another $70-90+ per square foot for flat lots. Hillside lots can be more expensive.
Included in the cost of our homes:
You can receive an estimate by going to Homes and choosing "Configure" for one of the LivingHomes. After choosing your options, you'll have the opportunity to complete/save/print a complete estimate. Note that the estimate is based on Los Angeles costs and your costs may be more or less. We can get you a much more precise estimate with even more cost categories if you have a specific site for us to review. Contact us with the site address: email@example.com
We offer a line of lower-cost LivingHomes, as well as higher-end standard and custom homes, designed by Ray Kappe and Kieren Timberlake. We believe our homes represent a 20-40% reduction in the cost of similarly constructed, stick-built homes. By "similarly constructed," we mean a wood- or steel-framed home, designed by a world-class architect that features higher end windows, doors, decking, and environmental finishes and energy systems.
Your foundation requirements will vary according to your site. Until you have completed soil studies and received topographic and geological reports, a contractor cannot give you an estimate on the foundation cost. Also, you might have an existing structure on the lot, so you will need to calculate deconstruction costs. If you want a custom design there will be design and engineering fees. The project management fee ranges from 10-15% of your total budget, depending on what you're doing, and the engineering costs will be additional.
The design fee for custom LivingHomes vary depending on the type and complexity of the project. This fee covers the cost of preparing structural and engineering documents for submission for building permits (needed to build a home), the time involved in securing those permits, and the time involved in managing the contractors involved in constructing the LivingHome on site.
Transportation and installation fees will also vary according to the location of your site and size of your home, or number of modules it requires. The cost covers moving the modules to the building site (by truck) and placing the modules correctly (by crane). In Los Angeles, transport/install averages about $25/square foot.
Custom LivingHomes feature a building envelope and floor plan that meets our clients' specific site and lifestyle needs. The idea here is to accommodate client specific needs, but in a way that logically and cost-effectively leverages our modular system and environmental focus, so there are some limitations. The specifics of all this get worked out in the schematic phase.
Better quality. By code, modular homes have to be built to a higher quality level than stick-built homes because they must endure stresses of being transported (wind shear, vibration, etc.) and often, lifted by a crane. You wouldn't try to pick up your site-built home with a crane, we hope.
Factory construction is quicker and less expensive than conventional site-built construction, period. When you can start building your home at the same time as your foundation is being , you save time and money. Typically, a stick-built home will take 12 to 18 months. LivingHomesâ standard plans can be installed and completed in as little as 5-6 months.
Less waste. 30-40% of the material used to construct a typical stick-built home ends up in landfills versus 2-8%, on average, for prefab.
Prefabricated homes are generally financed with a construction loan similar to loans for standard site built construction. You are free to talk with any mortgage lender that offers construction loans or LivingHomes can suggest a few lenders for you to talk to.
Quick answer below, but a very complete explanation can be found under Purchasing a LivingHome.
For Custom Home – 54 weeks
For Standard Home – 46 weeks
When you have land and decide to build a LivingHome, our first step is to conduct a feasibility study of your property. We must be able to transport the modules by truck to your land, and often, we need to fit a crane on site or in the street.
Yes. We have and are currently building on hillsides and narrow lots.
Typically, you hire a general contractor to build a foundation to the specifications we provide. We can provide construction management services, on a fee basis, to identify and manage this general contractor.
Models and Floor Plans:
We have a variety of floor plans. The smallest standard floor plan is the C6.3 at 958 square feet with one bedroom and one bath.
The largest floor plan is the RK1.1 at 3,100 square feet with an additional 1,435 square feet of decking. However, we can and have build a custom 4,700 SF version of the RK1.
Quality and Safety:
No. LivingHomes are permanent structures. The modules are only moved once, from the factory to your site. Unlike mobile homes, which are permitted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), modular homes must conform to local building codes. In California, modular homes are treated the same as site-built homes and they cannot be excluded from financing or any communities (note that communities may have certain design requirements for all homes).
Because the modules are built off-site they must actually meet more stringent building codes than stick-built homes in order to withstand the stresses of vibration and wind sheer during transport.
No. The roof is pitched to provide appropriate drainage.
LivingHomes are built to comply with, or exceed, all the same standards that apply to site-built buildings.
Snow loads are determined by local codes. LivingHomes can design and engineer homes for regions with larger snow load concerns. Design variations, including pitched roofs, will be considered.
We do allow you to purchase the modules and handle all of the site work and permitting yourself, if you prefer. But we would insist, and need to inspect, that the home is installed and finished to our standards. If it weren't, it wouldn't be a LivingHome.
We tend to be differentiated by three things:
Design. For better or worse, we are one of the only prefab housing companies not run by an architect. Therefore, we work with best-of-breed architects, like Ray Kappe and KieranTimberlake, to design our homes. We like modernist architects who integrate craftsman-like attention to detail and warmth into their work.
Environmental program. We are very committed to creating homes that have some of the smallest ecological footprints of any production homes. The first LivingHome was the first home to be certified as Platinum by the United States Green Building CouncilTM's LEED for Homes program and the only home to win the AIA's top sustainability award in 2008. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the leading green certification program and we as a company are committed to only building homes that are at least Silver certifiable.
Price value. We are driving costs down by, a) standardizing our homes, and b) building in high volume, using prefab construction.
LivingHomes was founded by Steve Glenn, an experienced entrepreneur who has founded, co-founded or been on the founding teams of a number of technology companies including Clearview Software (sold to Apple), idealab (which incubated eToys, CitySearch, GoTo/Yahoo Search, etc.), and Peoplelink. The team of LivingHomes includes a mix of senior executives and advisors who bring a wealth of experience from the home building, green development, and architectural and technological industries.
We work with a number of highly experienced manufacturers.
What's not to like? An almost perfect metaphor for what we aspire to do: make the creation of homes that feature modern form and functionality efficient and really cost effective. If only they were made of reclaimed, post consumer plastic or, better, something else that did not involve non-renewable resources in its production. Oh, and soy dyes. Then we'd love 'em even more, which, frankly, is hard to conceive.