Thanks to the success of nine Sagemodern projects in Truckee and Squaw Valley, building custom luxury homes in the area just got easier. Sagemodern is a San Francisco based, pre-fabricated home design and building manufacturer. Specializing in green and sustainable architecture, their luxury modern factory homes are custom built, eco friendly, and energy efficient.
Considering the short building season in the Tahoe/Truckee region, the Sagemodern advantage is clear: shorter on-site building time, better construction and higher quality materials.
The prefab approach enables homes to be built in the factory while site work is being completed. The average completion time from start of construction to move-in is roughly six months, compared to an average completion time of about 12 to 18 months for a custom site-built home. The schedule is also more predictable because of the elimination of weather delays, reliable labor force and the use of inventory management systems. Homes are inspected at the factory which reduces the potential for inspection delays. On site construction activity is reduced to just a few weeks compared to months or years for a traditional site built home. This is great for you and your neighbors!
The Pre-fab Difference
What is Pre-fab? Pre-fab homes are regulated by local and state building regulations. They have the look and feel of a site built home except that the home was delivered as module, craned and then set on a permanent foundation. Modular homes differ in that they are designed and built as modules and are either assembled in the factory or onsite. Prefab homes are prefabricated in a factory and then delivered almost 100% complete. Not to be confused with Kit housing, which is an assemblage of precut and itemized materials that are shipped to the site and then the pieces of the kit area assembled on site to build the home. Kit housing then has the same time-frame and weather damage vulnerability as traditional on site building.
Higher Quality Engineering, Materials & Sustainability
The factory process follows strict quality control measures and eliminates weather related material damage. Quality control measures are continuously monitored during factory construction ensuring all material requirements are cut and assemble to precision. Homes are over engineered in order that they can be transported and thus are structurally superior. Sagemodern utilizes design, materials and systems that reduce impact on the environment. Passive design strategies reduce energy usage by appropriate use of natural light, shading, and passive heating and cooling. Materials are chosen for their durability, manufacturing impact and location, as well as their beauty and classic design sensibility. Renewable energy systems are used when possible as well as choosing efficient and properly sized mechanical systems to heat and cool your home. Low flow fixtures, on-demand recirculating hot water systems, and incorporating graywater and rainwater catchment systems when possible all reduce environmental impact and energy usage.
Labor costs are typically 5-15% lower because the homes are built in an efficient factory environment with tools and equipment readily available, as well as often being located in less expensive labor markets. By design, a Sagemodern home will be less expensive to build and operate then a comparable site built home. The systems selected are appropriately sized for the home and climate and homes are designed to minimize their environmental impact. The assembly process enables modular homes to reduce construction waste by up to 70%. This saves money and is better for the environment. Large manufacturing facilities are able to reduce costs by purchasing material in bulk. Costs are more predictable because up to 70% of the construction is completed in the factory. Financing costs during construction are reduced by 25-40% because the time you pay interest during construction has been cut in half.
Where can I build?
Sagemodern has successfully built homes in Truckee and Squaw Valley. Already proving their modern-mountain luxury design aesthetic, snow-load engineering and compliancy with all local building agencies. To learn more about Sagemodern, please visit their website. To tour a Sagemodern home, you can contact them directly or set an appointment now with David Gemme.
As well, you can contact David Gemme at any time to tour Gemme Group’s 7 available building sites in Squaw Valley, starting as low as $310,000.
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