Carson Harbor Village #99: cash-out and rehab project by ManufacturedHomes.expert.
General Contractor: Cesar Ramos Woodworks
“After” Photos by: John Moery Photography
I believe in designing and building beautiful, high-quality homes. To that end, the following are included as standard features in our two-story and deck homes; however, keep in mind that you can customize as you wish depending on your budget goals and aesthetic preferences.
All Two-Story and Deck Homes
Selecting the options that will make this new house your very own home is a fun process. After we measure your lot size and select a floor plan, you and I will sit down together and choose from all the different features.
I hope this was helpful. If you have questions on any of the features or available options, feel free to contact me or leave me a comment!
You made the decision to upgrade your home. What happens next? Let’s go over the process. I know this list will seem overwhelming, but remember that I help you through the entire process – from start to finish.
And, do not forget…you get my services for zero cost. My compensation is all included in the price of the home, so use my experience to your advantage.
Financing. If you need financing, we will need to get you pre-approved. We work with several lenders who offer different programs based on your needs and qualifications.
Determine feasibility. The first thing we will do when you are procure financing and are ready to design your home is measure the size of your lot. This will tell us what size home you can build. Knowing the size of your lot is imperative due to state code regarding setbacks, accessibility, and home size to lot size ration.
I arrange for our team of installer contractors to visit your site, where they will conduct their measurements and alert us of any issues they may see.
If you live in a 50AMP community, we will discuss upgrading to 100AMPS.
Design & Customize. Once we know what size home you can build on your lot, we will look at floor plans that meet those requirements. Depending on your needs and desires for your home, you will be able to choose from a myriad of plans, including two-story and roof deck homes.
You may also choose to create a custom floor plan, and I will discuss the differences between a custom vs. standard plan in another article.
Along with your design, we will select from a variety of interior and exterior options such as appliances, paint colors, siding materials, lighting, doors, windows, and kitchen cabinets.
If you desire a custom kitchen, you will want to read my custom home article. There is a lot to consider if you go that route.
Deck design. If your house includes a roof deck, we will go over all the different options such as location and access to the deck.
Drafting. Once we pick a design, we will send it to the factory where their drafter will create line drawings.
Engineering. We will review the line drawings, and once they are finalized, the factory will send them to their engineering team. The engineers will create construction plans and calculations that will later be used to build your home on the production line.
Permits. Once you approve the engineering plans, they will be sent to the State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for permits. If your community falls under Coastal Commission jurisdiction, we will prepare an application and submit it to them before HCD.
Production. With permits and financing in hand, the factory will commence production.
Foundation. If you have an existing structure on your lot, that will now be pulled out, and the foundation set. If your lot is empty, then they will start the foundation work. All of this is done concurrently with the production of your home at the factory.
Installation & Set up. When your house is ready it is transported to your location. Installation takes only a few hours. After that, the crew will work on attaching the sections (if it is a two-story or multi-section home), and doing any on-site work such as roof deck, etc.
Inspection. HCD will inspect the installation of your new home and issue a Certificate of Occupancy if it passes inspection. If you upgrade the electrical, the electric company will also conduct an inspection of the pedestal and meter.
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When upgrading your manufactured home you have several options for your floor plan. You can:
You will need to consider your goals and priorities when deciding between the three options above. The main things I would think about are: your budget, timeline, and features that are most important to you.
Standard floor plans. This option will be the most cost-effective and quickest way to get your new house. This is because:
The process for getting a standard floor plan is quick and simple:
Custom floor plan. Creating a custom floor plan from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive. On the other hand, you can build your dream home with as many features as you would like (within limits). Many of the reasons these take longer and are more expensive include:
A third way. There is another option. If you want to customize, but are on a budget and tight timeline, you may be able to satisfy both needs by customizing a standard floor plan.
Manufacturers have dozens of floor plans that are already approved by all the pertinent agencies, and many include floor plan customizations options.
If you want more custom than that, you can still start with a standard floor plan and change to meet your needs.
Either of the above two options will be less expensive and faster than starting a new floor plan from scratch.
I hope this was helpful. Feel free to contact me, leave a comment, or share!
Going through the Coastal Commission (CC) process can be a daunting, time-consuming, and sometimes frustrating task.
After going through this process for my new home, I recommend doing the following two things first:
Good things to know about the process:
The Coastal Commission meets only once a month, so turn in your application at least 30 days before their next meeting if you hope for them to review it at their next hearing. I was lucky – I turned in my application on June 25 and it was reviewed (and approved!!!) on August 12.
Meetings rotate between different district offices. Keep this in mind if you think you will need to, or want to, attend the hearing.
Drop off the application and documents in person! When you go to the office, ask for the planner on duty. Request that they check your application.
Bring your checkbook. I didn’t think of bring my checkbook because I had written a check for the application fee listed on the back of the application. Apparently the fees had changed, so I needed to write a new check. Thankfully, the planner was very understanding and she still took my application and asked me to mail a new check. I did this immediately!
Planners have 30 days minimum to review your application before sending it to the Commission. They will contact you if they have questions or if further documents are required. If you want the process to go smoothly, it is imperative to work with someone who knows the process and has gone through it (ie: me!).
Be prepared for an onsite evaluation and inspection. I knew this would happen, but I was not informed of when they would visit my project site.
Post the application notice! Part of the application includes a notice you have to post on your subject site. It has to be on yellow paper, and you have to tell me exactly when you will post it. Make sure it stays there. I placed mine in a plastic holder so it wouldn’t be damaged by the sun, wind, or rain.
Request a waiver. If you live in an already developed land, such as a manufactured home community, you might qualify for a waiver. This means that you won’t have to apply for the CC Development Permit, which costs thousands of dollars. When I applied, the waiver was $546.
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Let me know if you have questions. I hope this was helpful!