All manufactured homes are constructed in accordance with the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards, in effect since June 15, 1976. This building code, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and known as the HUD code, regulates home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance, and energy efficiency.
•Depending on the region of the country, construction cost per square foot for a new manufactured home
averages 10 to 20 percent less than costs for a comparable site-built home.
With over 17 million people living in manufactured home communities across the country, it’s clear that the combination of resort-inspired amenities and an affordable, spacious home is more popular than ever before. Whether you’re looking to scale down and simplify or find a warm winter retreat in the sunshine, life in a manufactured home is the perfect answer. Read on to discover why this is the lifestyle you’ve been waiting for.
When the opportunity arose for Marla Bahadori to move near her sister on a large waterfront lot in a small town, she sold her four-story Seattle home and began looking at options for building a house on the property. It was suggested that she consider placing a manufactured home on her sister’s land in Allyn, Wash., but she was hesitant at first. “It surprised me,” she said. “I was thinking trailer.” What she found was just the opposite. “They used 2-by-6 studs, double-pane windows, all the same materials.”
The Northwest Housing Association has announced that manufactured homes sales in the state of Washington have increased 47 percent year-to-date in 2016. According to the association, this completes a big turnaround over the last decade. In the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, demand dropped from 3,000 manufactured homes per year to less than 600.
Cavco Industries, Fleetwood's parent company, was just awarded with the prestigious title of Manufacturer of the Year for 2016 by the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI), for the seventh year in row from 2010 to 2016.