Log Homes, Manufactured Homes and Modular Homes
After 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.