History of California Precut

042Our Danville office has been selling package homes to the owner-builder buyer since 1976 and has become the “The Owner Builder Leader in the Western United States”. Some of our clients say that we have a “passion for this business”.

We learned the hard way that buyers are not impressed until you earn their respect. It is our goal to help with everyone’s building needs. From a small 200 square foot garage to as large as 22,000 square feet 14-unit apartment, we are here to help you.

Dennis Foster started his marketing and sales career in 1968 after graduating from California State University with a degree in Mass Communication. After graduation, his work expertise was in sales and marketing and was employed as the Advertising Director for the Montclarion Newspaper in the Oakland hills. Seven years later, he moved to another newspaper and realized this direction was not filling his passion.

Dennis was going through the classified ads and found an advertisement with the heading “Housing and Real Estates Sales”.  He made a call and found his place. From 1976 until December 1980, Dennis worked for Capp Homes. During these years  he earned many sales awards. In the final year of  Capp Homes, Dennis obtained the prestigious honor of “Top Sales Person”. Capp Homes was one of the largest packaged home businesses in United States. When the housing market in the early 80’s became very volatile, Capp Home’s, Curtis Homes and  Miles Homes, three of the largest packaged homes companies along with several other major competitors, left the industry and closed their doors never to reopen. Capp Homes manufacturing location in California was in the town of Elk Grove.  Another packaged home company called Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. (PMHI), established in 1968,  is also located in Elk Grove, CA as well.

In December of 1982, Dennis moved into a new house and was promised a new office in Dublin California, with Capp Homes. However, the day he moved into his new house, Capp Homes closed down. Dennis quickly had a meeting with Pacific Modern Homes and soon California Pre-Cut Homes (CPH) was created. The owners of Pacific Modern Homes got together with Dennis and several of the other top producers of Capp Homes. In less than one year, Dennis the only one left working with PMHI and continuing in the package home industry.

Dennis worked throughout the hardships of the 80’s housing market and within no time was receiving annual sales awards. It took him several years to earn the rank of top producer “Dealer of the Year” for Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. Dennis operated a sole proprietorship competing with other dealerships employing several sales people. It made the position “Dealer of the Year” most difficult to obtain. Since 1985, Dennis has been “Dealer of the Year” 16 out of 25 years. He has been second runner up 10 times, and 22 out of 23 years with PMHI Dennis has become a top producer of their product. CPH has been the OWNER-BUILDER LEADER IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES SINCE 1976.

Dennis’ son, Matt,  now works with him. Matt grew up in Danville and graduated from Monte Vista High School. He was very active in the local community, playing sports, doing community service, cub scouts, and Boy Scouts, receiving the rank of Eagle Scout in 1995. Matt worked various  jobs until he went to school in San Diego. He graduated from Mesa Junior College in San Diego with a General Education degree and a certificate in drafting. At the same time, he was working for a high-end catering company. He first started working parties and then moved into the office. He was in charge of their daily lunch deliveries, working side-by-side with the owners in their office, and at all the parties.

Matt started to work for Calif. Pre-Cut Homes on July 1, 2002. In 2004, Matt helped Dennis obtain his highest volume of sale’s with PMHI. The two of them sold almost a Million Dollars in product. Within 18 months, Matt has taken on all the delivery responsibilities for CPH.   Over the last seven years Matt has almost taken over full charge of the business. Together, they are a strong father & son team.

History of PMHI

0911) Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. (PMHI) is a privately-owned California corporation that specializes in the design and manufacturing of wood stud wall panels, wood roof trusses, and packaging them with all the materials needed to frame a home, barn, or garage. In other words, they package homes, barns and garages to make it easier to build. Their most economical packages are produced from their Standard Pre-Engineered Home Plans. However, for a modest additional charge, they can modify standard plans or packages in order to create a Custom Plan.

2) The manufactured housing industry has been a part of America’s home ownership dream since the early 1900′s. Sears and Roebuck was one of the early pioneers of the per-cut idea in America. Pacific Modern Homes, Inc. (PMHI) was one of the first in California. The concept of per-cutting and per-packaging building components and materials has helped many contractors and owner-builders complete their projects with cost savings and in much less time than with traditional “stick-building” procedures.

3) Since 1968, PMHI has worked with contractors, developers, importers and owner builders throughout America and the International Marketplace to plan, package, and deliver quality-building materials for the construction of “American-Style” homes to 1,000′s of families and 100′s of light commercial buildings.

4) PMHI has packaged over 15,000 homes and apartments. In addition, they have packaged numerous light commercial buildings, restrooms, fire stations, and a court house annex. They have worked successfully with contractors and developers throughout the world and would welcome the opportunity to work with you. Their years of experience, quality products, and the additional services they provide, assure one of a satisfied building experience.

5) In addition to their manufacturing experience, they are proud of the experience and professionalism of their marketing team. Each dealer can provide you with the valuable advice and counseling needed to build your new home quickly and efficiently. New for 2011, PMHI is celebrating their 45th anniversary.  CPH is also celebrating their 37th anniversary.

6) PMHI is proud of their heritage and reputation as a leader in the package home industry and are dedicated to helping with building projects. For a Better Business Bureau (BBB) Reliability Report on their company, please contact the BBB.

7) PMHI is proud to announce the introduction of more Standard Pr-Engineered Home Plans, designed specifically for the true owner-builder. Each plan has been per-engineered to insure compliance with California building codes, some of the most stringent in the world. Not only will these new standard per-engineered plans make it easier to get a building permit, they will also save time and money in the building project!