Housing Demand    Production Framework    Our Success


Housing Demand

Colorado and the world desperately need affordable housing.

     Communities with quality, attractive, affordable housing are needed in Colorado and around the world.  Colorado's housing production lags demand by over 2,000 homes annually and 27,000 families names are on waiting lists for affordable rental housing. 


     The World Bank estimates that worldwide housing needs exceed 600 million new units to meet annual population growth, 100 million units to replace substandard housing and 500,000 units to replace housing destroyed annually by natural disasters. Traditional (historical) community planning and housing development methods and systems have not and cannot meet the increasing need.


     The concept for Bayridge’s housing and community development program grew from direct experience with affordable housing projects and housing needs in the mountains of Colorado.  In the late 1990s, affordable housing was basically unavailable and workers were driving on average two hours per day to and from their jobs at resorts.  In the winter, travel times exceed four hours daily.  The lengthy development review and approval process, extremely high costs for labor, land and materials, and the high demand for resort housing hamper efforts to provide affordable housing. There had to be a way to lower building costs enough so that people could afford to live closer to their jobs. That’s when the concept for Bayridge Communities was born.


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Production Framework

The Henry Ford Influence.

     In 1900 a hand built car cost $1,550, the average worker earned about $662 per year and only the wealthy owned cars. In 1903 Henry Ford's assembly line, produced one car every 14 hours. By 1916 production time dropped to 93 minutes and the selling price fell from $1,000 to $360 per car—a price the average American could afford.


     Except for using power hand tools, home building has not advanced much in the last 100 years. Advances in building materials have more to do with availability than production. Building a simple house by hand, piece by piece, in the weather, is labor-intensive, expensive and typically takes six to eight months to complete.


     Henry Ford automated automobile production over 95 years ago. In the world of construction, there is a parallel: modular factory production systems. Major structures such as the Eiffel Tower (built in 1887), aircraft, ships, trains, offshore oil platforms—which are larger than any buildings on land—and the international space station (currently under construction) were or are being built using cost-effective modular factory production systems. Yet over 86% of U.S. housing uses expensive, labor-intensive, piece-by-piece, hand building processes on a lot-by-lot basis. Bayridge solves this problem by using a unique, proprietary systems building program to simplify community planning and the production of residential and commercial structures. What’s more, the structures can be adapted to any communities' social structure and traditional development patterns.


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Our Success

     Bayridge is a second-generation (see time line) start-up company. It is based on over six years of research and development work done by Bayridge's experienced planning, design, development and production team which:

a) analyzed the state's housing market and developed 250 buildable modular single and multi-family designs

b) identified several thousand lots in Colorado zoned and approved for housing

c) completed eight proof-of-concept pilot modular housing projects, Tice Residence and Rainbow Preschool

d) established a vertically integrated planning, development, delivery and sales system

e) identified light-gauge steel framing systems (using recycled steel) suitable for both residential and commercial structures and meeting physical conditions (seismic, insects, soils) found worldwide, and

f) completed 70 percent of the design and development work (including production and material handling systems) for a new 134,400 square-foot modular/panelized production facility with an estimated capacity of 1,800 units annually (see assembly diagram).


     These six elements—using off-the-shelf, proven, low-tech technologies—form the foundation of the building systems program Bayridge uses to produce complete, ready-to-live-in housing at substantially reduced costs. These systems will deliver savings of 40 - 60 percent in labor and 15 – 20 percent in materials costs over for-profit companies.


     Bayridge is also worker-friendly. Our non-traditional work environment places lighter physical demands on the average worker. One only has to be able to lift 20 pounds and climb a six-foot ladder. These working conditions and on-the-job training expand employment opportunities for women and allow seniors to stay in the work force longer. Production of a typical 1,500 square-foot home takes about 10 days.