Sometimes, when people hear the word “manufactured housing”, there is instantly a negative connotation. In their minds, they’re envisioning the poorly made “trailers” of the past. The truth is, today’s manufactured homes are about as far from their predecessors as you can get. Manufactured homes have become a viable housing option, and with the many features and energy-efficiency standards available, they offer an affordable alternative to building.
Learn about building a manufactured home in the Mohawk Valley
Manufactured homes come in many different forms. Singlewide homes are still available and are made in a much more durable fashion than the homes of the past. Sectional homes, such as doublewides and triplewides, are manufactured in much the same way as singlewides, but offer the traditional look of a ranch home. Modular homes are also built in sections, many with two stories. Generally speaking, the roof of a modular home is assembled separately, so when constructed, a modular looks much like a stick-built home. There is a vast array of floor plans available as well, and you’ll find today’s manufactured homes offer as many as three baths and four bedrooms.
One advantage to manufactured homes is that everything you need is already in place – you won’t have to contract out for your HVAC, plumbing, cabinetry or flooring because they are all-inclusive. Not to mention, appliances are generally included, so you won’t have the added expense of purchasing those items. A manufactured home contains all ductwork and electrical circuitry, so your home – once it is constructed – is literally move-in ready.
And, manufactured housing is usually customizable – you’ll be able to choose flooring options, wall covering, fixture styles, and bath options to suit your style. Some manufacturers even provide bare floors and sheetrock for the avid do-it-yourselfer. Most manufactured home distributers offer packages that allow you to choose high-efficiency HVAC equipment, appliances, light fixtures and windows as well.
Many people who choose manufactured homes opt to place their home on a cement pad and create a storage/crawlspace area under their home, but more people are choosing to place the house on a cellar as it adds to the home’s stability and market value. In either case, it is vital to properly insulate the under-space in order to maintain and maximize the home’s energy efficiency level.
Additionally, you’ll want to contact your town’s code official to see what types of permits you’ll need. There are some municipalities that do not allow certain types of manufactured homes, mainly singlewides, so you’ll also want to ensure that the town you plan to build in allows it. Checking in with your town official can help you answer a lot of questions in advance – and save you from major headaches later.
If you are outside a municipality that provides utilities like water, sewage, and electric, it’s likely that you’ll also need to install a septic tank, sink a well, and employ an electrician to safely connect you to utilities. You’ll also need to have a propane tank installed (most manufactured homes offer gas furnaces and stoves). Of course, you’ll want to put the finishing touches on your new home, such as stairs, decking and landscaping.
When you work with the Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Mohawk Valley, we’ll help you explore those options and put you in touch with contractors who can help you with building a cellar or installing crawlspace insulation, sinking a well and hooking up your utilities. We can also help you find the perfect carpenter and landscaper; so don’t hesitate to call us for all of your homebuilding needs.