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The ABCs of the Online Construction Loan Application - This video will walked you through the process of how to complete the Big Valley Mortgage on-line Construction Loan Application. It was created exclusively for Pacific Modern Homes customers. 
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If you're building your new home in California you'll want to watch these videos. They are the first of their kind. They show you how to go through the online process of the California Energy Commission, you won't find this anywhere else! This is the third of four videos.
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If you're building your new home in California you'll want to watch these videos. They are the first of their kind. They show you how to go through the online process of the California Energy Commission, you won't find this anywhere else! This is the first of four videos.

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How Much Does it Cost to Deliver a PMHI Package?

Since we deliver our products all over the world delivery costs can vary a lot. That's not necessarily because of the distance to the jobsite from our factory in Elk Grove, California.

For example; delivery cost to San Diego (approx.500 miles) is about $2,200 per truck; delivery cost to Japan (approx.5,000 miles) is about $2,500 per container and delivery cost to Hawaii (approx. 2,400) is about $10,000 per container. Many ask how can this be, it doesn't make sense. Here's why. Generally speaking shipping by truck costs a lot more than by ship. A ship can carry a lot more. So why does it cost so much to ship to Hawaii, less than half the distance? Shipping to the Hawaiian Islands are heavily regulated and shipping is controlled primarily by one company. These delivery costs assume that your package is under 1,200 sq.ft. Generally speaking a 40' step deck trailer or 40' high cube container can carry about a 1,200 sq.ft. structure with 2 X 6 exterior walls. For more specifics please contact your Dealer.
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We are happy to modify any of our plans.
We can make them larger, smaller, redesign  the foundation to be built of the side of a hill or accommodate a 300 lb snow load. The cost can be as little as $120 up to several $1,000's, it all depends upon have much you want changed and how those changes affect the structural engineered design. For example; if you want to change the size or location of a window and this change doesn't affect the structural design of the plan then that would only cost $120 plus any costs associated with the window itself. On the other hand, if you wanted to vault the ceiling of a given plan and this change happens to affect the structural engineered design, it could cost $500 to $1,000. If your changes require retaining walls to be designed into the foundation plan because of to a sloping lot, this can cost $1,000 to $1,200 depending upon the specific requirements.

If you're interested in modifying one of our plans the best place to start is by requesting the "Free Plan Review Set". You will find the "Request a Free Plan Review Set" button on any of our individual plan pages. After you've downloaded the plan and printed it just make notes of what you'd like changed in red pen and send it to your Dealer. After we've reviewed your desired changes your Dealer will get back to you with the costs to make the changes. For more specifics please contact your Dealer or click here to Find A Dealer.
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We can modify our plans to better meet your needs, see how…
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If you're building your new home in California you'll want to watch these videos. They are the first of their kind. They show you how to go through the online process of the California Energy Commission, you won't find this anywhere else! This is the fourth of four videos.
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If you're building your new home in California you'll want to watch these videos. They are the first of their kind. They show you how to go through the online process of the California Energy Commission, you won't find this anywhere else! This is the second of four videos.
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Senior Housing Alternatives on The Aging Boomers Podcast https://plus.google.com/116706337791403329488/posts/9cWxH8r4u5K
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The Cost of Failing to Get a HERS Rater (For California Projects)

(I just received this from our California Energy Analyst) 

I just wanted to share a current issue with you concerning a PMHI project.

I am trying to help an owner-builder that didn't hire a HERS Rater until the Building Department reminded him they wouldn't issue the occupancy permit without the required Installation Certificates and HERS Verification Certificates.  The problem is the project is complete and owner only had a couple of weeks to get all the forms completed or pay a $4,000 penalty.

It's going to be impossible to get the Installation Certificates and HERS Verification Certificates for Quality Installation of the Insulation at this stage of the project.   This credit requires the HERS Rater be present during the framing installation and again during installation of the insulation.  The house is completely finished and ready to occupy so there is no way to document compliance on the insulation installation.  This credit is worth 10-15% of the total energy compliance credit on most projects.  This oops could easily cost the owner thousands of dollars in additional fees, construction modifications to the completed house and weeks or months of delay to occupy the house.

The project also took credit for a high EER air conditioner, but the mechanical contractor installed a system that has not been certified by AHRI (Air Conditioning Heating & Refrigerant Institute) so it will require the mechanical contractor to order a special AHRI certificate.  Based on the equipment installed I think they will easily comply, but it just more cost and more delay.

Luckily I could shift projects today and get the owner most of the paperwork they need with the help of their HERS Rater.  With any luck the building department will not penalize the owner and require upgrades, but this could have all been avoided.

Please remind your clients to hire the HERS Rater early and keep them involved throughout construction to avoid these type of painful and expensive mistakes.

If you'd like to avoid these issues please give us a call at 800-395-1011 and we'll connect you with the PMHI Dealer for your area. 
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Build the Last Home You'll Ever Need to Build!

Many of our customers say they want their new home to be the last home they'll ever need to build. Meaning - they're building their retirement home. Most often the goal is to downsize to a smaller, more manageable home. In doing so, they're planning for the future. However, something more important is getting missed. What will their lives look like in the future? Not just financially, but physically. As we all know, when we get older we can't do the same things we did when we were younger. Some of those things we probably shouldn't have done to begin with, at any age, but that's a different topic. Anyway, if you'd like to build the last home you'll ever need to build here are some important things to keep in mind;

Don't let your home kick you out - These days our average life expectancy is much longer than it used to be. Because of this it's important to design your home to transition with you throughout all the ages and stages of life. For example; designing your new home to have 3' doorways makes it possible for you to stay in your home during your later years even if you end up using a walker or a wheelchair. Additionally, designing your home with wider hallways and installing structural backing for potential future handrails doesn't cost much during the construction process of your home. However, if you have to go back later and make these types of changes it can be a major remodel which takes time and money. Unfortunately, if you end up needing to make these changes and haven't properly prepared for them ahead of time they can't happen fast enough. This is when your home kicks you out because you can't do basic things like getting through the bedroom doors. There are many other factors to consider such as bathroom, kitchen and laundry room access. If you want to have the option to Age-In-Place, you'll need to design the home to be ready for your In-Home-Care.

To help with all of this, Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. (PMHI) has designed the Transitional Home Environment (T.H.E.) This is a series of homes that will transition with you throughout all the ages and stages of life. We already have 3 homes designed that incorporate these features, the Maywood (600sqft.), the Sonoma (682sqft.) and the Bodega (1,196sqft.). We can also incorporate these features into our other 34 plans / building kits (there may be additional charges to make these changes). If you have your own plan ideas we can produce custom plans / building kits using your ideas and incorporate our T.H.E. features. The goal of our T.H.E. series of home plans / building kits is for the home to transition with you throughout your ages and stages of life. 

Build the home of tomorrow, today - These days we have a lot of wonderful technological advancements and more are on the way. In order to take advantage of them, you'll want to make sure that the structure of your home is ready for what's to come. For example; we've designed into our Transitional Home Environment (T.H.E.) plans / building kits a location for a structural wiring hub. This is where all the wiring of the home comes into one central location. Everything from home security, television, internet, sound system and lighting to environmental, energy (like solar panels) and telemedicine ports. It is important to have this hub prepared ahead of time because, while most of these systems are controlled wirelessly the individual components are wired. With all of this done, it makes it possible to control your home from your desktop computer, tablet or smart phone, making the use of these advancements much easier. For example; you can turn on your tablet, press one button and your TV, sound system and cable box will turn on and go right to the station you wanted. You can control all the lights in your house, change the temperature and even see who's at your front door. If you have In-Home-Care, your loved ones will be notified if you need help. Or if your home-bound, you can utilize the new telemedicine technology. This makes all aspects of our lives easier and more convenient – and that includes doctor and healthcare provider visits. You might be thinking that all of these advancements would be expensive to build into your new home. You'd be surprised. They're not as expensive as you'd think - if you've properly prepared. This is what our T.H.E. series of home plans / building kits does. You don't have to do it all now or ever. You can just pick the parts you want to do, when and if needed.  The point is, if you properly prepare your home for the future, it will be ready to Transition with you through all the ages and stages of your life.
 
If you'd like to learn more about our Transitional Home Environment (T.H.E.), contact us at 1-800-395-1011
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Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. (PMHI) specializes in the design and manufacturing of wood stud wall panels and wood roof trusses; then packaging them with all the materials needed to frame your home, barn or garage.
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