The tiny-house movement (also known as the "small-house movement") is an
Architectural and Social movement that advocates living in small homes. Typically, tiny homes are between 100 and 400 square feet. While there isn't a set standard, a tiny house rarely exceeds 500 square feet. Beyond that size, Tiny Houses at first glance are much cheaper than traditional houses. However, let’s take a closer look at the issues involved in building and living in a tiny house versus a small house.
Despite the growing enthusiasm for tiny homes, it still isn’t easy to legally build them for full-time use. Safety, efficiency, zoning laws and building codes are the main difference between a tiny house and a small home. Small homes are built to a federal HUD code and must meet state or local residential building codes. Tiny homes are built according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association certification standards.
With a tiny home, you’ll need to register it as an RV and figure out a place to park it. Unfortunately while some cities have loosened zoning restrictions to accommodate tiny homes, most cities don’t allow tiny homes in any locations other than RV parks.
We're not saying tiny houses have no value at all, they have their place. That said, they have limited applications and few are worth the costs, Small homes are safer, more efficient, more cost effective, and will be the most satisfying living situation for most people.
Here is a summary of why you might choose to build a Small Home:
Factory built homes are built off site in a controlled manufacturing environment. Each home is built in sections, or modules, and then transported to the site where they are installed on permanent foundations, and completed by professional installers. Approximately 80% - 90% of factory built construction takes place indoors where materials are protected from the elements and a consistent workforce assembles the home in over 25 different stations.
Do manufactured and modular homes use the same building materials as site built homes?
Yes. Both manufactured and modular homes use the same or similar building materials as site built homes. In a cut section view, you’ll see everything from roof trusses to structural floor decking and 2x4 or 2x6 exterior walls. In the ceilings you’ll primarily see blown cellulose insulation, along with fiberglass batts in the wall cavities.
What kind of features can I get in a manufactured or modular home?
Champion offers features you might not expect in factory-built housing, including numerous floor covering options, vaulted ceilings, entertainment centers, glamorous master bathrooms, state-of-the-art kitchens with stainless steel appliances, fireplaces, custom cabinetry, finished drywall, bay windows and porches just to name a few.
Where can I find information about financing a manufactured or modular home?
From pre-approval through closing, your local Champion retailer has the expertise to guide you through the financing process. They’ll be able to provide you with local and national banks, and the credit unions they have experience with and explain the different types of loan programs available.
Can I purchase homes directly from the factory?
No. The HUD code for manufactured housing requires manufacturers to sell homes through licensed retailers.
How long does it take to build a manufactured or modular home?
The modules for a home are typically completed in less than two weeks from the start of construction at the factory. Once they are shipped, they can be installed and completed within 30 to 90 days depending on the complexity of the home and the on-site work necessary. If everything goes well with the financing source you choose and the development of your land, then the process could be completed in as little as 120 days.