Dvele Homes made a big splash by raising a boatload of money in 2019. But who are they, and does their product live up to the hype? Read on to find out about the company and its products.
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What Is Dvele Homes?
There’s a new kid on the block ready to shake up the modular homes industry, and it’s name is Dvele.
In a space run by big names like D.R. Horton and Lennar Corporation, startups like Dvele are betting they can make buyers fall in love with modular homes.
The big question now is whether or not it will work. Dvele Homes made their entrance into the world by $14 million in Series A funding. In a nutshell, the company seeks to lower the price of new homes by offering modular solutions.
Founded by Kurt Goodjohn in 2017, the Loma Linda, CA-based company seeks to create sustainable homes that can be assembled quickly and efficiently.
What Is a Modular Home?
A modular home is made up of large sections that are built in a factory and then assembled on-site. Not only does this provide significant cost savings, but cuts build time down to fractions of that of a traditional home.
Manufacturers scale production which results in lower prices for the consumer. While pre-fabricated homes are typically used on acreages or in areas where access to materials is limited, companies like Dvele are taking their products mainstream.
Dvele Floor Plan Options
The term manufactured housing makes most people think of a trailer park, which could be why sales have tipped the scales in favor of traditional home builders.
However, with new construction prices and rental rates skyrocketing, Dvele is hoping to change perception in the market with their unique home styles.
We’ve recapped the floor plans below and highlighted our favorite features from each.
At 1,139 square feet, the Vannett (Dvele’s modest model) is humble but still offers far more than the average entry level home. Prices begin at $245,000 and increase as features are added.
Though this is advertised as a 2 bedroom, the second bedroom is fairly small and could be used as a spacious office.
The Midgard is a step up from the Vannet, offering a spacious 1,921 square feet and 3 full bedrooms with 2 bathrooms. Large windows allow natural light to filter through as well.
This home is priced reasonably at $380,000, though this of course is before options are added. We can only imagine that Dvele made this one for the mountains and woods.
The 2,000 square foot Lagom adds another bathroom for only $10,000 more. Though it’s not as modern and reminds us of a 1970’s home, the retro theme is making a comeback and Dvele is positioned to capitalize on this trend with this model.
The Sollys boasts 2,213 square feet and is built to allow natural sunlight in. We love this home and it is offered for a base price of $420,000. Devele Homes seeks to offer sleek minimalism with this model.
Built to showcase the view, the Vind is a sleek home offering 2,379 square feet, 3 bathrooms, and 4 bedrooms. We love the large patio that is perfect for entertaining.
At $455,000, this model will begin to price most buyers out, but with a Dvele Home, you’re not just buying a home, you’re buying a lifestyle.
One of the first double story manufactured homes, the Hoyd is a force to be reckoned with. 3,108 square feet house 4 bathrooms and 4 full bedrooms.
At $600,000, this home is not cheap but would look just as great in the mountains as it would with million-dollar homes in the Hollywood Hills.
The Strand lets natural light through its many windows and is perfect for entertaining. 2.5 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms are located inside the 3,607 square feet and you can buy one for a base price of $685,000.
The Fjell is by far the most elaborate manufactured home we’ve ever seen. Fjell means mountain, and his home is exactly that. 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathroom are standard in this beauty and you can buy one for a base price of $750,000.
Not only is Dvele building prefab homes, they are also building tiny houses. Although little information or pricing is currently available, these models are sleek and look to serve a variety of purposes. Liten is Norwegian for “little” and with the Liten models, you get just that.
The Liten 1
The Liten 1 model includes a main floor living area, kitchen, full size bathroom, and master bedroom. Upstairs it has a second bedroom – every inch of its 430 square feet is put to use.
The Liten 2
The Liten model 2 is also 430 square feet, but makes use of the entire upstairs. While the model 1 has an open area for the loft to overlook the living area, this model is a full 2 stories to maximize space. This means you have plenty of space in an otherwise small home.
The Liten 3
The model 3 is designed to make you feel like your small loft is far bigger than it is. With lots of natural light and a layout that includes a kitchen that opens to the living area, this feels much bigger than the 430 square feet it is.
The Liten 4
Model 4 is Dvele’s final tiny house offering. The home is sans loft, meaning the ceiling are extended far higher than those of the other models. Again, this is done to maximize comfort by making your home feel far bigger than it is.
Best Dvele Home Features
Compared to other modular home companies we’ve reviewed, this one takes the cake. Dvele is putting standard features in their homes that traditional home owners could only dream of.
Fire Assistance Program
One of the potentially highest-impact programs Dvele offers is the Fire Assistance program. With a waived design fee, discounted pricing, and the ability to jump to the front of the line, this program offers those impacted by fire damage a chance to rebuild their lives.
Using this program, homeowners affected by fire received a home in 6 months. Because the home is pre-built, traditional labor shortages are a thing of the past.
Given the labor it takes to process insurance claims, companies like Geico or State Farm would benefit well from a partnership with Dvele.
Planting Good Roots
For each home purchased, Dvele will not only donate a home to a family in need, but will also plant 10,000 trees for each home built.
Not only are they reducing the carbon footprint over building a traditional home, but they’re also planting good roots in the community.
Dvele Home Pricing
Dvele is targeting the higher-end market with homes starting at $245,000 and topping out at $750,000. And this is even before the home is customized with high end features.
It seems expensive, but once you realize that it’d cost far more to buy a traditional home of this size in the current labor market, these prices don’t seem as bad. Especially considering the wealth of features offered that few home builders could offer.
Should You Buy a Dvele Home?
Given its young age, Dvele will still need to prove itself as a company. However, with deep pocketed investors, they have managed to create a potentially industry changing product.
If you want a luxury home at a discounted price, a Dvele home is worth considering.