Manufactured homes that were once called mobile homes and single- and double-width mobile homes are factory-built homes designed and built to the precise specifications of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development federal building code.
Prefabricated houses are completely built in a factory and then transported to their place of establishment. Once they reach their destinations, they are barely indistinguishable from the houses built on the site. They usually do not move again. This allows the entire process, from start to finish, to be monitored with consistency and precision, reducing many of the delays and disruptions in traditionally built homes. They are built in accordance with federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) building codes.
Modern Prefab Homes and Modular Homes (prefabricated building consisting of recurring sections called modules) are commonly known as factory built homes, but they are not the same. Modular homes are built on a permanent or temporary chassis.
A Mobile Home (also known as a park home, mobile home, static caravan, RV, residential caravan, motorhome, or simply caravan) is a prefabricated structure, built in a factory on a fixed chassis before being transported to the site (either towed or on a trailer). Used as permanent housing or temporary accommodation, they are often left permanently or semi-permanently in one place, but can be relocated and may be required to relocate from time to time for legal reasons.
Mobile homes share the same historical background as travel trailers (a caravan, a travel trailer, or a caravan towed behind a road vehicle to provide a place to sleep that is more comfortable and safer than a tent), but today the two are very different particularly in internal accommodations.
Manufactured and modular homes are considerably more affordable than those built on site. These homes are built in one location, allowing production costs to be controlled, and since they are built in a factory, they are built in a fraction of the time a site built home takes.
Prefabricated, Mobile or Modular House: Choosing the Best Option for You
While manufactured home options have come a long way in all types, manufactured homes and modular homes have several clear benefits.
Manufactured homes and modular homes have:
- Custom design options available to consumers.
- The safety benefit of being inspected and built in one place, with consistency and efficiency.
- Low cost for off-site construction.