July 21, 2018
|Interior of the Connect 8 model in Orinda (photo borrowed from connect-homes.com)|
Scott has had multiple conversations with a salesperson at Connect, who happens to live on Willowside near Piner, a stone's throw from our land. We had already gotten a preliminary quote for a model we liked online, including the $26,300 delivery fee (the company is headquartered in Los Angeles). Before adding it to our shopping cart :-), we thought we should go see one in person.
Although the home we toured (the Connect 8) is a larger version of anything we would be purchasing, including being a 2-story (which we adamantly do not want), it provided a good example, allowing us to get an idea of the quality and design features offered by Connect Homes. We liked the home; it had many design features we favor, including front and back, triple-panel sliding glass doors and a generally open floor plan. The fact that the interiors look a bit like they fell out of an Ikea catalog might be distasteful to some, but I quite like that modern aesthetic for the price.
|Another photo borrowed from the connect-homes website, but look! the "model" in the photo is the actual homeowner that toured us around this very same house!|
In addition to the perceived interior flaws of the model that would work for us, the exterior of the Connect Home didn't seem to be wearing very well on the three-year-old home we toured. Based on commentary from the owner, it is possible that he just isn't doing any preventative maintenance to take care of it properly, but the dry-looking wood siding, warping deck and rough edges at the perimeter were somewhat troubling. While none of the modern pre-fabs we like could be considered inexpensive by any stretch, the Connect Home price tag is significantly more palatable than a comparable BluHome, hence our consideration.
|Another interior shot, borrowed from connect-homes.com|
If you're interested, you can click here for more info. Connect Homes Elevations and Plans The home we toured was the Connect 8, featured on the scrolling banner at the top of the website. The model we are considering is the slightly smaller, single-story Connect 6.
|The Connect 6 is a little more our speed|
|The Connect 8 we visited in Orinda was beautiful, but we'd prefer a single-story home (with single-story price-tag)|