Frequently Asked Questions

Q1.What's included in market price?

Market price includes the VESSEL house and appliances (lights, air conditioner, and water heater). Market price does NOT include: Delivery/transportation to your location or crane services to remove the VESSEL from truck and put in place. This can be quoted and added to your invoice or you can obtain transportation services on your own.
Other costs to consider:

Foundation – concrete slabs or footings/piers. The VESSEL house includes the places on the feet to be tied down to a foundation.

Connection of services – (electricity, sewer or septic, and water) We recommend either electrician and plumber or general contractor to connect these services.

Q2.How long does it take to get my VESSEL house?

The standard lead time is typically 60 days, starting from the date of receiving the deposit and all signed documents. However, many factors can affect lead time, including the time of year, the model chosen, number of units ordered, any custom upgrades, the local permitting process, required engineered drawings, and the distance from the VESSEL house manufacturing. We know that customers are excited to get their VESSEL house(s), and we’ll work hard to get your house built, delivered, and installed correctly and in a timely manner. Extreme circumstances, such as the Covid-19 pandemic or natural disasters can increase lead times. Consult VESSEL house contact for lead times on your potential project.

Q3.What preparations are required for land and delivery?

Determine Location:
Just like any new construction, you would need to determine the location you want to put the VESSEL house. A survey of your land may need to be done to determine best locations.

Preparing a Foundation:
We recommend you prepare a foundation and bring utilities to it so they can plug in once the VESSEL house arrives. The type of foundation will be based upon the terrain and ground that you are placing the VESSEL House on. This is best determined by a general contractor or civil engineer. (Someone who is familiar with the land conditions of your location)

Does this need anchors/can it be anchored to the Foundation?
This largely depends on local building rules. Check with your local municipality to see if it requires a dwelling to be anchored to the foundation. If so, anchors can be added to your VESSEL house by a contractor. It is already designed to be anchored.

Preparing for delivery of your Vessel house:
Clean the site of all debris (i.e. old tree stumps, trash, dog waste, etc) and a pathway to and from where the delivery vehicle parks.

Review access to delivery area:
The building will be delivered into place via a heavy-duty truck and long, tilt-bed trailer as well as a crane. The truck and trailer must have a clear 3m wide, relatively straight path from a paved road, as trailers are unable to make tight turns, similar to a boat trailer or camper. It is vitally important that there are no obstacles that cannot be navigated around, such as fences, trees, branches, or underground septic systems

Don't over-irrigate prior to delivery:
Our delivery vehicles are heavy and can leave tire tracks when driving across grass or other vegetation.

Installing Utilities:
Plumbing, electricity, and AC all come pre-installed in your VESSEL house from the factory. Utilities simply plugin on-site to the exterior of the VESSEL house. We recommend you have a professional contractor on site to get everything installed correctly upon delivery of your VESSEL House.

Q4.How about the transportation?

The VESSEL house(s) should be transported using a standard semi-trailer for local delivery. Additionally, for overseas shipment, it is transported in a 40-foot FLAT RACK container.

Upon arrival at the project site, the VESSEL house should be lifted using the services of a local crane. The weight of the VESSEL house ranges between 6 to 10.5 tons. It is advisable to arrange for a crane with a capacity of more than 25 tons for loading and unloading.