BASIC QUESTIONS
    SALES/PRICING
    INTERNATIONAL SALES
    FINANCING
    OPEN HOUSES
    MANUFACTURING/SHIPPING/DELIVERY
    WINDOW/FOUNDATION/ROOF/INTERIOR/EXTERIOR METAL SIDING
    INSULATION/HEATING AND COOLING/ENERGY EFFICIENCY
    CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS/CUSTOMIZATION/DESIGN
    CONSTRUCTION
    DISTRIBUTORSHIPS/JOINT VENTURES
 

 

 
BASIC QUESTIONS
What is included in the LV Series Kit Home?
The LV Series Kit Home includes everything that you see on the outside except for the windows, roofing material, and exterior decks/stairs. The LV SERIES KIT HOME MATERIALS section of the “Plan the LV” catalogue explains what is included in the Kit. For a more in depth understanding of what else is included in our package read the LV SERIES KIT HOME PLANS, LV SERIES KIT HOME CONSTRUCTION BINDER, and LV SERIES KIT OF PARTS sections in our “Build the LV” guide.
What is an LV Series Home?
The LV Series is an acclaimed line of affordable, easily built, and highly customizable modern homes designed and manufactured by Rocio Romero, LLC that are thoughtfully designed to enhance a modern lifestyle and connect its owners to the outdoors in the location of the owners’ choosing. The "Meet The LV" brochure explains each of the four LV models, as well as exclusive add-on modules and the design selections you will make as an LV Series homeowner.
Is the LV modular or stick-built?
The LV Series Home is a kit of parts, a prefabricated methodology that is different from manufactured and/or modular housing as it is finished on-site as opposed to off-site, which means your building inspector may inspect the building throughout all construction phases as with a normal stick home. This allows the home to qualify as new construction and, therefore, for a traditional mortgage. For details of what is included in the LV Series Kit of Parts see the LV SERIES KIT MATERIALS section of the “Plan the LV” catalogue and LV SERIES KIT OF PARTS section in the “Build the LV” guide.
What is the minimum space required to build an LV Series Home?
The LV Series Home can be built on many types of lots. Since zoning codes, as well as setback regulations (mandatory distances from the exterior of your home to your property line), vary from place to place this is something that you will need to investigate with your local building authorities. Once you know what the maximum building footprint can be on your lot, you can take the measurements of the LV Series Home from our website and verify whether it will fit. To determine whether your land is buildable and fits your budget, review the LAND SELECTION section of the “Build the LV” guide.
Does the LV Series Home meet residential building codes everywhere?
The LV Series Home meets or exceeds all structural specifications in the California Building Code (CBC) and International Building Code (IBC) for single family residential construction. Given the numerous code variations with respect to plumbing, electrical, and mechanical systems, it is up to the purchaser to ensure that their chosen systems meet local building codes. The CUSTOM DESIGNS and SPECIFICATIONS sections of the “Plan the LV” catalogue explain how our services certify the Plans to these specifications in all 50 states.
Do the materials used in your manufacturing process pose potential health problems?
All materials used in the LV Series Home are commonly used in traditional home construction and is therefore environmentally safe for most people. However, individuals with particular environmental sensitivities should carefully examine the LV Series Home SPECIFICATIONS section in the “Plan the LV” catalogue.
Can you please send me a catalog or brochure?
Our brochures are available as PDF downloads through the links on the BROCHURES page. If you are interested in receiving paper copies of our brochures, you can place your order on our BROCHURE ORDER page.

 
SALES/PRICING QUESTIONS
What is the price and what is included in the LV Series?
The price for the LV Series Home varies in accordance to the different sizes, wall lengths, as well as if an upgrade for increased snow load and/or wind load is required. The SALES PROCESS section of the “Plan the LV” catalogue details current pricing and upgrade costs, and the LV SERIES KIT HOME MATERIALS section of the “Plan the LV” catalogue explains what is included in the Kit.
Where and how can I purchase an LV Series Home? What do I get with my non-refundable deposit?
The LV Series Home is exclusively available for purchase from Rocio Romero, LLC. The SALES PROCESS section of the “Plan the LV” catalogue gives an overview of the sales process and details current pricing and upgrade costs. A SAMPLE CONTRACT FOR SALE OF LV SERIES KIT HOME in the “Build the LV” guide details the sales agreement. LV clients receive construction documents and a Construction Binder with their nonrefundable retainer; for details of what is included read the “Build the LV” guide sections titled LV SERIES KIT HOME PLANS and LV SERIES KIT HOME CONSTRUCTION BINDER.
In addition to the Kit, what other costs do I need to factor into my total cost of ownership?
Your interior specifications, local labor rates, land costs, utility infrastructure, and landscaping must be factored in your total cost of ownership. You will need to consult with a general contractor to attain bids for building your LV Home. For details refer to the FAQ question in the Construction section: “What are the final build costs for a completed LV Home?” To learn more about land costs, utility infrastructure, and landscaping read the LAND SELECTION section of the “Build the LV” guide.
If I purchase more than one LV, can I receive a discount?
The LV Kit Home is quite affordably priced; therefore, we do not offer multi-model discounts.
There is an LV Home built near me; can you share the location so I can drive by?
Most of our clients request that we maintain strict confidentiality regarding their contact and site information. However, we periodically have open house tours where clients open their homes to the public and some other clients rent out their homes. For more information, go to the VISITING AN LV section under the “Explore the LV” section of our website.
What is the process when I purchase an LV Kit Home?
The LV SERIES BUILD TASK LIST in the “Build the LV” guide is a checklist of the steps involved in the design and build process. This task list refers you to more detailed information found in the "Build the LV" guide.

 
INTERNATIONAL SALES QUESTIONS
Do you sell the LV Series Home in Canada?
Yes, we do. Two LV Homes have been completed in Canada. If you would like to learn more about building an LV home in Canada, please contact our Sales Department.
Do you sell the LV Series Home internationally?
Yes, we do. We have LV Homes in Chile, Canada and France. International clients can choose to have Rocio Romero, LLC coordinate all of the shipping details to transport the LV Kit to their international build site (as we do with our domestic sales) or take receipt of their Kit in Perryville and the client handle all shipping arrangements. If you would like to learn more about building an LV home internationally, please contact our Sales Department.

 
FINANCING QUESTIONS
Do I need to work with a special lender to finance my LV build?
The LV Series Home is a kit of parts, allowing the LV Series Home to qualify as new construction and therefore qualify for a traditional mortgage. For more details, read the FINANCING section of the “Build the LV” guide.

 
OPEN HOUSE QUESTIONS
When is the next LV open house?
Our LV open house webpage contains the latest tour dates and locations.

 
MANUFACTURING/SHIPPING/DELIVERY QUESTIONS
Where are the LV Series Homes manufactured?
The LV Series Homes are manufactured in Perryville, Missouri (70 miles south of St. Louis).
What is the lead time for manufacturing an LV Home?
We require 28 days to manufacture your Kit. Upon receipt of your final kit payment and execution of your shipping agreement, an order to manufacture your kit will be placed. The MANUFACTURING & SHIPPING section of the “Build the LV” guide provides details about this process.
What does it cost to ship the Kit domestically?
Domestic shipping costs vary based on your distance from Perryville, Missouri (70 miles south of St. Louis), currently ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 for one (1) LV Kit. Diesel prices do vary, so the cost of shipping rates will fluctuate accordingly. Final shipping costs will be fixed thirty (30) days in advance of shipment, and payment of shipping fees are due 7 days prior to kit shipment.
What does it cost to ship the Kit internationally?
International shipping costs vary depending on a) how it is being transported and b) where it is being shipped to. International clients can choose to have us coordinate all of the shipping details to transport the LV Series Kit to their international build site (as we do with our domestic sales) or take receipt of their Kit in Perryville and then handle all shipping arrangements themselves. International shipping costs vary greatly, and can range from $5,000 to $14,500 to ship overseas.
Do you have a checklist of what I need to receive in the shipment of my LV Series Home?
Yes; upon purchase of an LV Series Home, you will receive a Construction Binder to prepare for delivery of your home, which includes a detailed checklist of all the things you need, both kit materials and materials not included in the kit. Many of these items can be delegated to your general contractor and/or sub contractors, but this handy checklist will ensure that everything is in order. The LV SERIES KIT HOME CONSTRUCTION BINDER section in the “Build the LV” guide provides some examples from the manual.
When can I get my LV Series Home delivered? Can the delivery date be adjusted once it is set?
The minimum time for delivery will be 1-5 business days once we have completed the manufacturing of your home. You can request an adjustment of your delivery date provided that there is an open date on the production calendar. That said, additional costs will apply to this change in date; see our SHIPPING AGREEMENT in the “Build the LV” guide for more details.

 
WINDOW/FOUNDATION/ROOF/INTERIOR/EXTERIOR METAL SIDING QUESTIONS
Why do you not provide the windows with the Kit?
Window packages are very site specific. For example, clients in Florida use hurricane resistant windows while clients in Canada need thermally broken windows. Our clients work with local glazers who customize their window package to local weather, sun and wind orientation, energy concerns, wind load specifications for structural safety, and any personal preferences. Window packages can be easily and readily bought locally; we provide you with a window schedule that details the quantities and opening sizes. We also provide you a list of all the window manufacturers our clients have used across the country to date.
How much can I expect to spend on windows for my LV Series Home?
Windows vary radically in price based on their capabilities and from whom you choose to buy them, and we recommend getting several quotes. Current window package quotes are ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.
What type of foundation does the LV Series Home require?
All the LV Series Homes must be placed on permanent foundation. Lesser foundation systems not only compromise the home’s structural integrity, but may disqualify the home for traditional mortgages. We offer three pre-engineered foundation systems for you to choose from: crawlspace, basement, and/or slab on grade. However, the LVG (LV Garage) must be built on a slab on grade foundation. If you need to customize and/or certify your permanent foundation, Rocio Romero, LLC contracts with a structural engineering firm that is licensed in all 50 states can assist you with that.
What roof system does the LV Home employ? How is the roof drained? What is the roof snow load? What is the R-value for the roof?
It is a Firestone Rubber Roof System that sits on pre-cut sloped rigid insulation. The LV’s faux wall panels act as a parapet wall and conceal a sloped roof. It has a ¼ inch per foot slope and drops six inches from front to back and then there a sloped valley at the end of the roof which has a ½” per foot slope that diverts the water to two downspouts concealed within the faux wall panels. The LV Series Home is designed to withstand a snow load up to 50 psf. The rigid insulation that sits on top of the roof deck achieves an R-rating of R-50.
How are the gutters/downspouts designed and built?
The gutters (or downspouts) were designed to be concealed and not visible so as to ensure the clean modern lines of the LV. When properly installed this system works great. Firstly, you will install scuppers to your downspouts to ensure that leaves will not clog up your gutter. Secondly, there is an additional gutter, called an overflow drain, which is placed adjacent to the primary drain; therefore, in the worst case scenario that the first drain where to be blocked from leaf debris this second drain which is located higher than the first would collect the water and remove it from your rooftop. If you have many trees and expect to have excessive leaf debris you may want to customize your roof design to accommodate for this, see the FAQ question, “How do I minimize the amount of time to clean and remove debris off my roof top?” Thirdly, the gutters are physically outside of your home, outside of the living space, and inside the outer faux wall panel. Prior to installing the gutters, the roofers must install the same EPDM roof membrane that you put on your roof on top of the structural wall panel (that faces the interior of your home). This is for additional insurance in the event that the gutter where ever to leak it would splash outside of your home onto this roof membrane and never present a problem for your inside space. Fourthly, clean-outs are installed at the bottom of the downspouts (outside of the faux panel), so if large objects were to clog the downspout you can remove the debris easily from this point or from the top (where the scupper is located).
How do I minimize cleaning and removing debris off my roof top?
Removing debris and leaves from the roof top is normal roof maintenance for any home. For those of you building in a heavily wooded area and/or for those of you who simply don’t want to clean as often you should, consider placing pea gravel over the top of ballst protection mat that covers the standard EPDM rubber roof. Since the gravel covers the entirety of the roof, you don’t have to worry as much about cleaning the roof as it acts like a giant filtration device. Additionally, the gravel mass further insulates your home and makes it more energy efficient. Also, you can have moss grow on top of the roof. If you chose to go with this type of roof, you will need to let us know as it may require an upgrade to your roof snow load and it will require new structural details indicating how to fasten the faux wall panels to the roof beam. For an example, see Oliver and Siara’s project.
What is the ceiling height for the LV Series Home?
The LV Series Home ceiling height is 9’ - 0”.
Can a deck be installed on the roof? Can a solar panel system be installed on the roof?
Decks can only be installed in regions with a 20 psf snow load structural requirement. However, we would have to upgrade the structure to a 50 psf snow load. Solar panels can be attached to the roof; however, the roof installer must install a roof membrane system compatible with solar panels.
Does the Kit include cabinetry, interior doors and interior walls?
The LV Series Home does not include any cabinetry or interior walls or finishes of any kind. This allows you to freely customize the floor plan. The only exception is the shear wall located between the living area and the bedroom area that is structural, and therefore cannot be omitted. This makes the interior floor plan flexible as it can easily be reconfigured to be a home with one very large bedroom, two bedrooms, or whatever best fits your needs. We don’t include interior finish components as they do not translate our signature design and therefore can be more affordably purchased locally. To make buying them easy, we have created schedules of all the interior finishes, cabinetry, doors, windows, fixtures, appliances, and other miscellaneous components. Our schedules are extremely detailed; they give you the quantities, manufacturer name, and model number of all the different components. To learn what schedules are included within the construction documents see the LV SERIES KIT HOME PLANS section of our “Build the LV” guide.
What is Kynar 500 and can I choose different exterior colors?
It is Kynar paint coated on galvanized sheets and has a warranty extended by Unaclad. The standard Kynar exterior that we provide with the LV Series Home is silver, but you may choose from over thirty (30) colors, listed in the EXTERIOR SIDING segment of the LV SERIES KIT OF PARTS section in the “Build the LV” guide.
Can a different exterior siding be used on the LV home?
We can omit the Kynar 500 exterior materials from your Kit and credit the costs accordingly if you prefer to install an alternate siding material. Any traditional exterior siding can be used on the exterior of our LV Home. Examples that employ the flat Kynar metals and cedar lap siding are: Matthew & Allison’s Project and Sara & Peter’s Project.

 
INSULATION/HEATING AND COOLING/ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Does the LV Series Home come insulated? If not, what type of insulation can be installed?
The LV Series Home does not include any insulation, primarily because the level of insulation you require will be determined by local environmental conditions. The home is designed to house significant insulation, whether rigid or batt insulation. Details about our environmentally friendly designs and energy efficiency can be found in the DESIGN PRINCIPLES section of the “Plan the LV” brochure, as well as the LV SERIES KIT OF PARTS section in the “Build the LV” guide. We recommend you work closely and consult your general contractor for options.
What kind of heating and cooling system/HVAC system does the design accommodate and where does it get installed?
The HVAC system best suited for your LV Series Home will depend on many different environmental factors, such as where the home is located, how it is oriented to the sun, and what insulation and window package you have chosen to install. Work with your local HVAC subcontractor to choose the best system for your LV Series Home.
How energy efficient is the LV home?
The LV is extremely energy efficient. Details about our environmentally friendly designs and energy efficiency can be found in the DESIGN PRINCIPLES section of the “Plan the LV” brochure, as well as the LV SERIES KIT OF PARTS section in the “Build the LV” guide.

 
CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS/CUSTOMIZATION/DESIGN
What construction documents and instruction materials do I receive from Rocio Romero LLC with my LV Kit purchase?
When purchasing an LV Kit you will get a Construction Binder containing the following:
 
Construction Guidelines, Product Specifications, Construction Schedule, and List of Materials. Examples of what is included in the Construction Binder can be found in LV SERIES KIT HOME CONSTRUCTION BINDER section of the “Build the LV” guide. You will also receive a complete set of construction drawings. The Construction Document Set varies on the LV model purchased; see below for list of drawings included. More details regarding the Construction Document Set can be found in LV SERIES KIT HOME PLANS section of the “Build the LV” guide.
 
The construction documents for an LV, LVL, and LVM are: Title Sheet, General Notes, Foundation Plan, Floor Framing Plan, Construction Plan, Electrical and Finish Plan, Reflected Ceiling Plan, Roof Beam Plan, Roof Framing Plan, Roof Plan, Exterior Elevations, Cross Section, Longitudinal Section, Wall Sections, Details, Interior Elevations of Bathrooms, Window and Door Schedule, Ramp & Concrete Steps, Cabinetry Drawings, and Structural Set
 
The construction documents for an LVG are: Title Sheet, General Notes, Foundation Plan, Construction Plan, Roof Framing Plan, Roof Plan, Exterior Elevations, Cross Section, Longitudinal Section, Wall Sections, Details, and Structural Set.
 
The construction documents for an LVT and LVC are: No construction documents are included for the add-on modules.
Can I buy the LV Plans/Construction Documents, but not the Kit?
The Plans are a part of your Kit purchase and are not available for stand-alone sale.
How much does it cost to customize the LV Series Home? What is the preliminary schematic design process?
Everyone’s degree of customization varies, consequently the design fees will vary in accordance to your specific needs. To learn about customization costs see our design examples in the CUSTOM DESIGN PRECEDENTS section of the “Build the LV” guide. To get an understanding of what you need to customize for your project, answer the questions in the PRELIMINARY SCHEMATICS section of the “Build the LV” guide.
 
Once you have a good understanding of your custom design needs and require a ballpark estimate of design and engineering fees you will need to engage us in the Preliminary Schematics process. For details regarding our design services and hourly rates you can read the PRELIMINARY SCHEMATICS CONTRACT section of the “Build the LV” guide.
What are the efficiencies created by combining two LV models?
When you combine two models, the physical connections allow us to eliminate the following components: (1) LV model wall panels and (2) LV model’s faux wall panels and (2) LV model’s Kynar flat and corrugated metals. At the connection of the (1) LV model wall panel, the structural engineer will advise whether to add or upgrade any structural components. Once that is determined, we will know precisely what can be omitted and credit those costs accordingly.
Can you accommodate a roof design change or increase the height of the interior ceilings?
One of the major benefits of prefabrication is that it reduces time and monies through efficiencies; deviating too much from our line of prefabricated homes requires a high level and degree of customization that is both time consuming and expensive.
Can solar, water catchments, and other “green” technologies be incorporated in the LV?
You can incorporate any "green" technology you desire into your LV Build – our Design Team can assist you with identifying these options. You can also go completely “off grid”. Examples of green features are listed in the DESIGN PRINCIPLES section of our “Plan the LV” brochure.
Can the LV Home be customized for commercial use?
We have not customized the LV for commercial use as of yet, but it is definitely achievable. Our Design Team would need to be retained to customize the LV so that it meets commercial code in your area.
Can LV models be stacked on top of each other?
Yes; the LV2 is a two story LV add-on that allows you to stack an LV model on top of another LV model. You can stack any LV model on top of another. Currently, there is a two story limit. See THE LV2 TWO STORY section in the “Plan the LV” guide for examples.
Who is responsible for locating the utilities? How are utilities (electricity, gas, water, sewer, phone, cable, etc.) plumbed or wired into the LV Series Home? How much does this cost?
Rocio Romero, LLC provides detailed plans illustrating where the utilities are placed. For details of what and where utilities are drawn in our plans refer to the LV SERIES KIT HOME PLANS section of the “Build the LV” guide. Our plans work for most building departments, however, stringent building departments may require specific mechanical, electrical and plumbing fixtures (such as sprinkler systems) and/or specific notes to be added to your drawing set. All of this is something we can update in your drawing set, however design fees will apply.
 
Your general contractor will install all utilities inside your home and then connect them to the utility source. They are responsible that plumbing, mechanical, and electrical are installed per local code.
 
Utility installation bids for the interior of your home can be attained prior to selecting your land. We recommend acquiring several bids to get the best value. Utility hook up costs vary greatly depending on what type of utility infrastructure your land has access to. To learn what to look for in your land’s utility infrastructure read the LAND SELECTION section of the “Build the LV” guide.

 
CONSTRUCTION
What are the final build costs for a completed LV Home?
The overall consensus of our LV home owners is that the LV construction price is on average the same or slightly below local stick-built rates in their local area. Our clients consider this a great value given that high end modern design is usually very expensive and on the upper end of their local market.
The reason construction pricing for the LV Home varies throughout the United States is due to the difference in local labor rates. Therefore, you will need to get a construction bid from the area you chose to build in. You can attain a ballpark construction bid from a local general contractor by having him or her fill out the following: LV CONSTRUCTION COST ESTIMATION SHEET section of the “Build the LV” guide. Prior to their filling out this sheet, you will need to provide them information regarding our homes so that they can fill this out correctly. The “Ballpark Bids” portion found in the GENERAL CONTRACTOR SELECTION section of the “Build the LV" guide gives a list of items for them to review.
How much money can I save by purchasing an LV Series Home?
While we can’t quantify the amount you will save, there are several factors that can add up to significant savings:
1) All design and structural engineering fees (usually 10%-30% of a custom-designed home) are included in the purchase price.
2) The Kit supplies parts that are signature design components that fit on one truck.
3) The detailed plans, list of materials, and instructions supplied with the Kit reduce the time needed for a contractor to build the LV Home.
4) In many cases, an experienced do-it-yourselfer can realize more savings (usually 15%- 25%) by being their own general contractor.
How long does it typically take to build an LV Home?
We recommend that most LV Series Home buyers engage the services of a general contractor to build their LV Series Home. General contractors already know how to work with the materials used in the LV Series Home, and will be greatly aided in their work by the detailed plans and instructions included with the LV Series Home. A general contractor should be able to complete your LV Series Home in twelve to sixteen weeks, assuming no interruptions. It is also possible for an experienced do-it-yourselfer to build an LV Home, if they have experience in home construction, basic home construction tools, good project management skills (to manage sub-contractors for foundation work, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, excavation, interior finishes, etc.), and three to four months to devote full-time to construction of their LV Series Home.
Does the LV require a special builder to construct?
Since the LV Home employs traditional stick built methodologies, which every residential contractor is familiar with, it can be built by any good general contractor. A good general contractor will take between 3 and 4 months to build the entire home. To orient your general contractor with how to build our homes refer them to the “Ballpark Bids” portion found in the GENERAL CONTRACTOR SELECTION section of the “Build the LV” guide. If they have any questions; they can call us at 314-367-2500.
Can you refer me to a general contractor in my area?
There is a good chance we can refer you to a GC in your area who has already built an LV, but any good general contractor can build an LV Home. The GENERAL CONTRACTOR SELECTION section in “Build the LV” guide provides suggestions for finding a good GC in your area. We are available for any construction related questions throughout the entirety of the process.
Can you show me an example of an LV Home under construction?
You can view an “LV Build Slideshow” in the LV SLIDESHOWS section of “Explore the LV” on our website. Our projects page has excellent construction photographs, to view go to the BUILT LV SERIES HOME section of “Explore the LV” on our website.
Do you have a video of an LV Home under construction?
All LV-related videos can be found on our VIDEOS page. You can view construction videos of Steve's LV in California or Matthew & Allison's LVL in New York.
Do you offer installation services?
We offer architectural sheet metal installation services. To learn more about this, call us at 314-367-2500.

 
DISTRIBUTORSHIPS/JOINT VENTURES
Do you have distributorship opportunities available?
Currently Rocio Romero LLC is the exclusive distributor of our home products. If you are interested in representing the LV Home Series, we are happy to keep your information on file for future reference in the event we do decide to go in this direction at a later date. Please send your qualifications to: sales@rocioromero.com
Are you willing to discuss a residential joint venture development?
Forwarding Ms. Romero a formal proposal outlining your specific intent is the best way to initiate this dialogue. We need as much information as possible detailing your timeline and what your expectations are for our role in your project. Please send your proposal to: sales@rocioromero.com