Constructing Manufactured and Modular Homes
- Guest Blog
- 4 years ago
Investing in your own home is one of the most significant and financially weighty decisions you will make in your life. The trend to consider a manufactured or modular home rather than a traditionally built one has many attractive benefits. The most obvious plus is the delivery time which can be a little as 10 days from decision to house warming party! The path however has obstacles for the impetuous. The one thing you need is expertise…and expertise that comes from working at the “coal face”. Homenation is a well documented and reliable source.
Both types of home are built off-site using the most sustainable of all building material; wood. Wood is a renewable resource which is practical to use, naturally insulated, comfortable and beautiful.
A Manufactured home (previously called mobile or trailer homes) is factory built in one unit and must conform to the national HUD code established in 1976. The completed home is transferred by road, on a steel chassis, to sites anywhere (in any state) and do not require a permanent foundation. Not all manufacturers build to withstand Zone 3 winds and it is important to consult a Wind, Heat and Snow Load map in this regard and discuss your needs with the supplier.
The component parts undergo meticulous inspection during manufacture but no structural inspection takes place on site. These houses are rarely custom built but, having said that, there is a wide variety of ingeniously designed floor plans with beautiful interior finishes available. They are treated differently by various banks and lenders and they tend to lose value over time, mainly because they can’t be expanded or improved. The most impressive features are that they can be moved to other sites and they can literally be delivered in days. Make a point of discussing possible road damage during delivery.
A Modular home is also entirely factory built in 2 or 3 sections and must conform to the same building requirements as a traditional on-site house which may differ substantially from state to state. It is assembled on-site and requires a permanent foundation. Consider the type of foundation carefully after consulting the local maps of soil type and Wind, Heat and Snow load. The component manufacture is quality controlled but it will also have to be structurally approved by local inspectors. The house can be customized to a satisfying degree but all decisions have to be made when you choose the floor plan. They vary in size and have commercial applications. Banks treat them the same as conventionally built homes and they do increase in value as they can be expanded and improved. The foundation can be built while it is being manufactured and it can be delivered and finished in 8 to 10 weeks.
Moving from traditional construction to innovative construction.
Manufactured or Modular is less expensive. Factory construction means:
- No wind and rain delays
- Stringent quality control
- Less waste
- Better working conditions
Manufactured and modular homes are both considered “green buildings”:
- Much less environmental impact at the site
- Uses sustainable materials
- Maximises energy efficiency
The first Modular home was built by Sears, Roebuck and Co. in 1908. It was delivered accompanied by a hefty manual and 30 000 components. Today there a many reputable suppliers who will deliver a sturdy Modular home, in 2 to 3 sections, in a few weeks.
People’s needs are changing; they want smaller, energy efficient, affordable homes quickly