Manufactured homes of today are extremely different than the mobile homes built prior to 1976, which gave rise to the seemingly undying “trailer” stigma. Nothing can be farther from the truth in what this building technology is capable of, especially in terms of its flexibility and affordability – the two main premises that define it and elevate it above and beyond any construction alternative, if you’re looking at a combination of great value and speed of both construction time as well as permit processing!
Code. Built to federal regulations (HUD code) as opposed to local building codes (in CA: CBC), it allows this housing option to supersede local jurisdictions since it’s already state approved, requiring only installation inspection, as opposed to multiple on-site inspections the building itself. They offer great flexibility in terms of square footage, ranging from 400 to over 3,300sq.ft.+ in some cases, but typically built as single, double or 3-section units. They are built in fully assembled sections (with siding and roof) inside climate-controlled factories, away from the elements, and offer countless customizable construction-type options (such as ceiling heights, window and door sizes, interior layout options, architectural exterior features, etc.) and cosmetic-type options (such as various flooring materials, cabinetry, countertops, appliances, contemporary convenience features, etc.). Built on an integrated steel chassis, welded specifically for each home, these homes are state-inspected multiple times throughout all stages of construction as they move down the production line, to ensure proper construction and quality.
Flexibility. Manufactured homes can be installed on either temporary foundation (chattel) in parks as well as private property (as granny units or guest homes) and thus remaining titled as personal property, OR on permanent foundations, thus converting into real property improvements, like traditional site-built homes. Other aspect of their flexibility is in the broad range of finish levels, from super basic shelter-like arrangements (used for temporary housing, worker’s housing, etc.), to mid-range (rentals, granny and guest houses, ADU’s), to elaborate high-end designs of sophisticated architectural scope, both in level of detail and size.
Affordability. Hands-down the most affordable residential building technology on the market today.