A New Rocio Romero Prefab in California

This is martial arts instructor and ex-photographer Steve Rapport’s LV home, a modern prefab designed by Rocio Romero, in Pacifica, California.  Steve has been documenting the construction and working budget on his site, The Minnie House — a reference to his late mom, Mina, sometimes called Minnie — and the finished home is looking fantastic.  Check out some interior and exterior photos below:

Prefab is popular in California, and Rocio Romero has a few homes in the state.  Her designs are clean, and her prices are reasonable.  For example, an LV kit starts at about $36,870.

Rapport told me in an email, “The house is absolutely amazing. The neighbors all love it and everyone stops by to say how cool it is. It’s very comfortable, spectacular, well thought out, spacious, roomy, light and airy. It fits the lot perfectly.

This one has modern touches in the form of Hansgrohe fixtures, a Smeg oven, IKEA fridge/freezer, IKEA cooktop, Norm 69 pendant light, Phrena pendant light, Duravit bath, etc (more detail on The Minnie House site).

If you’re in the area, Steve’s LV Home is slated for tours on September 10, 2011, but 3 of the 4 tour slots are already sold out.  The site architect was Ben Hidalgo and the contractor was SEA Construction.

[+] View the working budget for The Minnie House.

Credits: Steve Rapport Photography


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  • Steve Rapport

    Thanks, Preston!

  • http://www.rocioromero.com Rocio Romero

    Rocio Romero will be holding and Open House at this property on September 10th.  If you would like to see the property in person, please visit our website to register for the tour.  http://rocioromero.com/LVSeries/openHouse.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Svetlana-Smirnova/100002619860561 Svetlana Smirnova

    Thank you!

  • Josh Wynne

    I like it. Since the stairs are listed as a favorite, it would be nice to see a shot of them. These homes are inherently sustainable so it is a bit disappointing to see African floors unless they are FSC certified and it is not written.

    • Steve Rapport

      Josh, I have pictures of the stairs on the blog, and can mail photos to you if you like. Re the flooring, I originally wanted to use bamboo, but I was told that, if I used it with radiant sub floor heating, the warranty would be void. I looked at FSC certified wood, but it’s hideously and prohibitively expensive. I couldn’t see anything I liked for less than double what I paid for the walnut flooring from simplefloors.com.

      The price of going green? Unforgivably high.

  • Shawnhadley

    I find it amazing that $630K + is considered an affordable, sustainable alternative to standard construction of a home.  Come on.  Don’t get me wrong I love the look and general design of these homes but isn’t pre-fab supposed to be the poster child for affordable design? 

    • Steve Rapport

      Interesting comment, Shawn. Fact is, building a house is expensive. Building in Northern California is hideously expensive, and my house is on a hillside in an earthquake zone, which makes the engineering and foundations even more ridiculously pricy. I don’t think prefab is a way to save money – it’s a way to get a green, well thought out and proven design that you already know you like, without having to start from scratch. As I said earlier in this thread, green building is often even more expensive than ‘regular’ building. It shouldn’t be that way, but it is. Even the government incentives for green building are not available for new construction. Why? Who knows?

      In short, I don’t think there’s any such thing as ‘affordable’ sustainable design in the Bay Area. Sad but true.

  • hstratz

    Hi Steve – I bumped into your home online today and absolutely love it. We used to be in a box home, in Phoenix AZ, designed by Al Beadle (a des-mod architect whoo did some great work in AZ). We are now redoing a 1959 ranch and are debating between zinc and kynar in verticle panels on the front elevation. Your Kynar looks beautiful. What color did you go with? Matte/Metallic? Thank you! -Heather

  • Jamesconnolly

    Actually, most of the neighbors dislike this overbearing, tin-can style house.  It looks like a large storage unit and blocks the view from several neighbors’ homes.  More to the point, however, this house took well over a year to build and created disruption and inconvenience for the neighbors.  There were numerous problems and delays during it’s construction. Buyers beware! 

    • Mgtotal

      JEALOUS!

  • Sheryllynnthornton

    Hi Steve, I visited Rocio in her home a few years after she just got started. I had to see the home in person and flew there from southern calif.  My dream is to have one of her homes someday. I have a lot but want to sell it and buy another one (long story) my questions are; how much did your lot cost? Was it 630K for everything? How much money did you need to get the loan or did you have all cash? and which lv model is it, what is the sq feet? I love your home! it’s exactly what i would want. lastly how far is your home from San Fran? Thanks so much for your time to answer my questions.
    Best, Sheryl Thornton

  • Sheryllynnthornton

    Hi Steve, I visited Rocio in her home a few years after she just got started. I had to see the home in person and flew there from southern calif.  My dream is to have one of her homes someday. I have a lot but want to sell it and buy another one (long story) my questions are; how much did your lot cost? Was it 630K for everything? How much money did you need to get the loan or did you have all cash? and which lv model is it, what is the sq feet? I love your home! it’s exactly what i would want. lastly how far is your home from San Fran? Thanks so much for your time to answer my questions.
    Best, Sheryl Thornton

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