Manufactured housing is an affordable option for Americans to purchase their own homes. Manufactured homes can cost an average of $62,600, compared with $272,200 for a single-family site-built home. Manufactured homes also cost 10 to 35 percent less per square foot to build than site-built homes.
The middle class loves manufactured homes. According to ManufacturedHousing.org, the median annual income for those living in a manufactured home is $34,700. Twenty-four percent of all households, however, bring home $50,000 or more each year.
Speed of Construction
Although the homeowner is responsible for the foundation, and for establishing utilities like electricity and sewage before manufactured homes arrive onsite for final construction, factories can build a typical double-wide or single-wide manufactured home in about one-third of the time it takes a contractor to construct a site-built home. When the house gets to your property, it is nearly 90 percent complete, which allows you to move into your new home much faster, as well. And just because construction and setup move at a rapid pace doesn’t mean the builders can ignore safety and building codes. In-house and third-party inspectors examine each structure before and after the home is on-site
Imagine how fulfilling it would be to design your own home from top to bottom. Modular housing construction allows you to do just that! Reputable manufacturers offer a wide range of house plans that can be customized to your preference. With a modular home, the design possibilities are endless.
By building a modular house you have the power to create a larger kitchen, multiple bathrooms, or a compact office space within your new home. Ultimately, the choice is yours. You can work with your builder and home manufacturer to determine a modular home design that best fits your needs.
Every state has building codes that must be adhered to, so you’ll have to get your floor plans approved before ordering your home build. However, there’s still ample room for you to choose different styles of windows/doors, siding material, countertops, and bath fixtures. With a modular home, you can truly make your space your own.
Enhanced Quality Control
Such short construction times may sound concerning, especially if you’ve never experienced a modular home. However, due to the nature of the manufacturing process which takes place completely indoors, modular homes are consistently built to standard. There’s little room for error when a house is being built on an assembly line.
At a modular home warehouse, manufacturers have access to precision tools that aren’t readily available to a site builder. Factory workers are able to lag-bolt interior walls to exterior walls, as well as symmetrically install ceilings, walls, and floors.
Whereas the quality of a traditional home can deteriorate over time due to external forces, the quality of a modular home is carefully monitored and maintained in a factory setting. In many cases, modular homes can compete toe-to-toe with a traditional site-built home.
Energy-Efficient & Environmentally Sound
Another appeal to fabricated homes is their eco-friendly build and reduced environmental impact. The Manufactured Housing Institute claims that modular homes produce up to “90% less waste than site-built housing.” This is largely due to the volume purchasing of materials, ease of transportation, and energy-efficient construction.
Because manufacturing companies produce several modular homes every year, they’re able to buy building materials from suppliers in large quantities. This in turn reduces the amount of material that goes to waste.
All modular home construction takes place indoors and in a controlled environment, eliminating the need to transport raw materials to and from construction sites on a daily basis. Additionally, manufacturers have streamlined transportation systems in place, causing minimal damage to the environment when transporting completed modular homes to their installation sites.
The Bottom Line
Modular homes — often referred to as prefab homes — are a great option for homeowners who want to build their custom dream home without the hassle of traditional construction.
At Rocky Mountain Base Camp, we know that choosing a home is likely one of the most important financial decisions you will make. As an experienced modular home builder, we are committed to being your guiding light through this process.