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May 24, 2007

Log Homes, Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes

Log_homeAfter finally settling in to our new office in Auburn, I decided today that it would be a good time to visit a few of our neighbors here in the office complex. The two neighbors I was most interested in visiting were the log home manufacturer across the street, Lincoln Logs, and the manufactured/modular homes dealer next door, LUV Homes of Auburn.

Being that I work a lot with clients interested in buying land in Placer County, I get a lot of questions regarding construction costs and the different alternatives when it comes to building a home. Both of these neighbors offer something a little different than the typical custom home builder, so I thought it might be a good idea to find out what they have to offer.

First, I visited Lincoln Logs. I went in with the expectation that they sold kit homes, that happened to look like log homes. I was wrong. In fact they build and design custom homes that are constructed using logs, as opposed to typical frame construction. I expected the price to be lower than typical frame construction, which I have been told by contractors can cost anywhere from $150 to $300 a square foot. But based on what the sales consultant Brad Vandermeer told me, a log home can cost anywhere from $250 to $400 a square foot, depending on how large and extravagant a log home a clients wants built. After seeing what they have to offer, I can understand why it is more expensive than a stick-built stucco exterior home. The style is not for everyone, but for those who are into the log home look, they seem to be the guys to talk to.

After visiting with Brad I headed over to LUV Homes to speak with the General Manager there, Jenny Ramirez. She let me tour two of their model homes, and to my surprise they were both very nice. What made them even nicer was the fact that they were selling for anywhere between $50 and $70 a square foot. Some of the differences I noticed in these homes as opposed to non-manufactured homes was a lower pitched roof line, floor ventilation as opposed to ceiling ventilation and both of the models had a rectangular shaped floor plan. Other than those features, they looked as nice as most new homes I have been in. From what Jenny told me, they have many models that appear much more like a conventional homes with a steeper roof pitches, just not the models she had on hand.

They operate as a one stop shop and can provide the home, installation and loan in one package. The only part they don't cover is acquiring the land, which I would be happy to help someone with. Once the home is built, it is handled exactly like any other single-family home. The major differences being more a matter of style than of function. Just as with the log homes, manufactured and modular homes are not for everyone, but for those who don't mind some style differences the lower price is definitely appealing.

If you are interested in viewing more information on what these two companies have to offer, visit our Placer County Building Resources page, where I have now posted links. If you decide that you would like to build a log, manufactured or custom home in Placer County, you will need some land to build it on. To view all of the land currently for sale in Placer County, click Placer County land for sale.

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Nichoel Farris, Owner & Designer of Eco Manufactured Homes< American Home Sales Says:

American Home Sales is in your backyard too! Now that we are the only remaining established manufactured home design & build group in Placer County, I would love for you to tour our new ECO HOME which was featured in Auburn Journal, Sac Bee twice, and on GOOD DAY SACRAMENTO! We are very proud to finally offer an affordable way for our families to live a healthy green lifestyle. And we can build an eco home in almost any size and style! Including Granny Units! Our integrated project team can assist with the financing and construction! We have quite alot of clients who need help finding land. Please call me at 530-885-4555 if you would like to discuss this further! Thank you, Nichoel Farris, owner & designer

Patrick Hake Says:

Hello Nichole,

I would be happy to come by and take a look at what you have.

Actually, the modular home company next to my office has now moved to West Sacramento and the Log Home builder across the street has a for sale sign on their building.

It looks like the current real estate market has taken some more casualties.

It is not surprising to me that they would have a tough time, considering the very low volume I have seen in the residential land market. In order for them to build a modular or log home, someone has to buy a piece of land.

I will give you a ring in the next few days, when I get the chance. If you want to call me before then, feel free.

Nichoel Farris, Eco Manufactured Home Designer, American Home Sales Says:

We have many families looking to move onto property and live a stustainable green lifestyle! And then we have those needing property where we can place a granny unit / secondary residence for their parents. Feel free to bring some cards by. Also, if you need a local GreenCollar worker to help with addressing green building issues, contact me anytime. As a member of the US Green Building Council and student at UC Davis for Green Architecture, I am an advocate of building green! Look up the new "2030" architectural-environmental building benchmark! Call me anytime

Patrick Hake Says:

It sounds like you have some great credentials and that you are excited about what you do.

I have been very busy this week, so I have not been able to call.

When I get a lull in the action, I will drop you a line.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and thank you for commenting.

Ricardo Montoya Says:

Grew up in the adoradic mounton in N.Y. My son and I are looking for a log cabin with a privacy. Please advice what is available. Also if this is overrun with tourist souce a location that is not but has the same benefits. Put a lot of space between us and the nieghbors. He like Roevlle and I am retired. We need a weekend place to meet.

Patrick Hake Says:

Hello Ricardo,

There are many homes available in Placer County with property and privacy. Most would be outside of the populated areas, such as Roseville.

You can access all of the available homes in the area by clicking on the button at the top left of the page, which says "Search For Listings".

Using that tool you can input the specific requirements you have and it will show you what is avaialble.

phoenix landscape design Says:

The log homes manufacturer would be waaaay cooler to meet than...whoever the other guy was. Seriously, that'd be soooo cool, I wanna meet him!

sasha bretton Says:

That sounds cool indeed. I always wanted to live in a log home. The exterior and the interior will be more fun to decorate than a normal house.

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