You may already own the land, or you're eyeing a pretty parcel. Either way, we want to make sure that we can transport and install your modules without bulldozing a new road or having to haul your home by helicopter (doable, but REALLY expensive).
Topographically-speaking, we can install your LivingHome any place you would situate a regular house, on a flat or sloped lot, provided the crane can access the site and the trucks can navigate all of the turns. To ensure that we can reach the property, we'll do a quick analysis from online mapping systems, and if everything looks good, we'll complete a more formal feasibility analysis.
Working with the crane and transportation companies, we scout the route from the factory to your site. Together, we prepare an Access Study, mapping and discussing road configurations, power lines, trees, low bridges and overhangs, slopes, and elevation changes that could affect transportation or installation. Depending on your location, we'll identify a nearby staging area where we'll park the modules on delivery day. Why all the homework? We want to ensure the smooth and timely delivery of your LivingHome.
It you'd like to get that process rolling, contact a LivingHomes sales representative.
Choose your LivingHome
Many of our client choose us to create custom plans and specifications to meet their needs or the needs of the building site. But choosing a standard LivingHome floorplan doesn't mean you're suddenly out of choices - far from it! Your LivingHome can express your sense of beauty and style, even as it fulfills your changing needs. Our belief in the need for a healthier environment — both inside the home and on the planet — motivates our design philosophy and practice. You can pick and choose finishes and equipment, knowing we've already researched and selected the best, longest-lasting materials and systems to safeguard your health and reduce the ecological footprint off your home for years to come.
Engineering / Permitting
If you've chosen a standard plan, we may already have most of the engineering completed. If not, we'll work with engineering consultants to create a fully engineered LivingHome. This includes structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, sprinklers, and any site engineering that may be required, like civil/storm water and retaining walls.
Once these plans are completed, we're ready to submit for building permits.Beware! Getting planning departments, architectural review boards and government commissions on board can take time, and varies greatly by location. Experienced in the process, LivingHomes gets all the documents in place, working with the relevant agencies and entities to secure the permits necessary to begin the construction and fabrication of your home. As the owner, you can join our staff when necessary at meetings with planners and permitting authorities.
Once we have a fully engineered project, LivingHomes will secure a fixed quote from the factory for the LivingHome modules, and three bids from General Contractors, one of which will be hired to complete the site work.
Fabrication & Site Construction
Can't believe it's real? You can visit the factory, and see your LivingHome coming to life. We coordinate all the activities associated with the fabrication of your modules at our partner manufacturing facility, including coordinating with the general contractor in charge of site work and foundation, resolving any design issues, and maintaining oversight and quality-control during the fabrication process.
LivingHomes will provide the GC with the construction drawings for their use. We meet with you regularly, recording minutes and charting progress against schedule and budget for your review. At the same time, we track the construction of the foundations and the other sitework necessary to receive the modules. We also address any construction issues that may arise from drawing changes, unforeseen conditions, contractor clarifications, or owner-generated requests,
Your LivingHome is moved and installed in one day! During that happy day, your LivingHome is transported from the factory or staging area to the site prepared to receive it. Your GC secures any necessary road closures, "No Parking" and transportation permits. They'll even get aviation permits if there's an airport nearby. (The cranes can be very tall!) On the day of the install, the crane sets up in morning; then trucks arrive with modules. By the end of the day, your home is in place.
Once the modules are installed, there are still a few important things left to do. First, your LivingHome needs to be connected to the outside world. Your water heater will be hooked up, as well as sewer, and electrical, and photovoltaic system on your LivingRoof, if you've chosen them. All of the appliances and systems inside your home are connected; and the installation crew will put the finishing touches on the interior spaces, performing any necessary floor, ceiling or bath work. We want to make sure that everything is finished to ensure your home is ready for you to occupy--with a deep, satisfied breath that says, "I'm home." Now pack up your old house and schedule those movers!