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Thu, Nov 14th, 2019
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MANUFACTURED HOUSING > HOME DEALER > PREFAB HOMES
Joy Line Homes sells first ‘hybrid’ modular, manufactured home
Fri, Nov 1st, 2019
BY ELAINE INGALLS | email@example.com | Santa Cruz Sentinel
NEWS > HOUSING > DEVELOPMENT
APTOS — Joy Line Homes, a spec home design and building company for modular and manufactured “hybrids,” put its first house on the market for $649,900 in October.
Launched out of Watsonville in January, Joy Line Homes designs and builds what it calls modern “prefabricated” homes, or homes built in sections in an off-site facility, then shipped to the home site and assembled.
“There’s no one doing what we’re doing right now,” said Ben West, founder and lead designer of Joy Line Homes.
Joy Line Homes creates “hybrids of manufactured and modular homes.” Manufactured homes and modular homes are two of the three types of fabricated homes. The other is mobile homes, which are manufactured homes built before June 15, 1976, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Manufactured homes are regulated by HUD and are pre-constructed and typically delivered on a permanent steel chassis. Modular homes are also built off site and installed on site, but are regulated by state, local and regional building codes and placed on a permanent foundation.
Joy Line Homes hosted an open house of its first “prefab” home Oct. 12 and 13. “The Pines” home, at 21 Eugenia Ave. in Aptos Pines mobile home park, has three bedrooms, two baths and is 1,640 square feet.
Aptos Pines, also known as the Aptos Pines Homeowners Association, has 170 mobile/modular homes, according to Karen Bearden, property manager of John Stuart Co. Aptos Pines is a deeded lot, meaning the homebuyers own the land, according to West.
The Pines has several modern features, including French doors that open to the courtyard, an electric fireplace and an office with a glass partition wall. It was built as a model home for buyers to look at and get ideas from, and then will be sold eventually, West said.
West said the goal of Joy Line Homes is to use higher quality building materials, use more modern lines/designs and to let customers have access to unlimited customization options at an affordable price.
“Design is what drives us,” said Daniette West, sales consultant and client services specialist for Joy Line Homes.
The Pines was built for $110 per square foot, Ben West said, which is what all Joy Line Homes’ base models start at. That is about a fifth of the cost of modular homes, according to Daniette West. Design takes about a month, according to Ben West, and the home takes about four months to build from design to on the market.
The Pines was built at a lower cost for a few reasons, according to Ben West. The materials used are locally sourced, produced in mass quantity and ordered to fit size requirements. Cost also comes down because the home was constructed in a factory assembly line with automated machinery, he said.
A base model starts at $180,000. Construction costs, including prepping the lot, shipping, installing the home and utilities and paving driveways bring the cost up, Ben West said. The cost also changes based on the piece of property. A deeded lot may cost more because the homeowner owns the home, instead of a share of the park property or paying a lease, he said.
Joy Line Homes was born out of a need for housing. After having been in construction for about 20 years, Ben West started Joy Line Homes when he was looking to buy a house in Santa Cruz or the Bay Area, but couldn’t find an affordable one. When he came across the idea of buying a manufactured home, he couldn’t find a design he liked. So he created a home line with customizable options and unique designs.
“Necessity is the mother of invention,” Ben West said.
Joy Line Homes has two other homes that will be online at joylinehomes.com in the next two months. “The Juniper,” with two bedrooms, 1 bath and 810 square feet, will be priced at $80,000. “The Cedars,” with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 1,350 square feet, will be priced at $130,000. West hopes to have eight models complete by the end of 2020, including some accessory dwelling units, or smaller secondary units.
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Joy Line Homes are a hybrid creation, living somewhere between a manufactured and modular home. Manufactured and modular homes are both built in a climate controlled environment, with production equipment and manpower included in the factory.
One of the biggest advantages to manufactured homes is that they are 80-100% complete before the leave the factory. This means on-site assembly times are cut drastically, and most homes are able to be installed within a day of arriving on your property. The average manufactured home process from start to finish is about 16-24 weeks (3-5 months).
Modular homes, by contrast, are built in small sections (such as prefabricated walls and roof systems) that need to be assembled and joined together on the job site. A Modular home process can take 10-18 months.
The efficient production, sourcing, and stock of materials used to build a Joy Line home is how we are able to keep prices low and build time down. Joy Line incorporates the low cost of typical manufactured home building, with the stylistic possibilities and flexibility of a modular or even a traditional stick-built home.
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Years ago, during many vacations along the Bay Area and Santa Cruz, my wife and I were playing with the idea of owning a home in the area. Very quickly we realized that the cost of living made this goal nearly impossible. Even after years of saving and thoughtful investment, the high cost of CA home ownership was still out of reach. We were forced to get creative and think outside the norm.
We entertained the idea of a condo, tiny house, or just about any affordable housing option we could think of— then we came across an open house at a manufactured home. The advantages stood out— this home was just a few blocks from my favorite surf spot, the price was affordable, and even the square footage was impressive. Our hang up was on the design.
The style and lines were dated and boring, customization was limited, and the material choices were barely there. Realizing this was our best option, we began shopping for manufactured homes— we quickly realized the available designs were all similar and felt very cookie cutter. Nothing close to what we envisioned for a new home: good use of space, thought-out floor plan, and beautiful finishes. We wanted a home to represent us as individuals and match our personality— while delivering the comforts we expected in a home. This is where Joy Line Homes was born.
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At Joy Line, we want to bring affordability to the masses without compromising quality or design. We develop our homes using the highest caliber building materials with sophisticated custom designs. We deliver a home quickly and on budget so nearly anyone can afford it. For many people, especially young adults and first-time home buyers, a little creativity is required to achieve home ownership. Not only are homes getting more expensive, but the availability of refined homes is decreasing.
Townhomes, condos, and tiny homes have been increasing in popularity due to these common housing concerns. Meanwhile, the manufactured home industry is stuck in the past; compromising style and unique design for an affordable product. We believe a true house has to be uniquely yours, and have sought to bridge the gap between elegance and affordability. We have a pool of experienced professionals including residential home builders, designers, and real estate agents to name a few. We are involved in every avenue of the construction process: from helping you purchase land, finding a slip in a park, or choosing interior touches to finish the project, we will be there every step of the way.
Our goal is to guide you through the entire process so you feel supported and comfortable. Our mission is to bring an affordable yet elegant solution to the world of home ownership. We feel the home building process should be creative, joyful, and a seamless experience. Our aim is to create a truly special place for you to call “home.”