This type of house is almost entirely factory-made prior to being transported to its residential lot (close to 90%). The various constructed sections are carried to the site and assembled there. The electrical wiring, the plumbing and HVAC systems are then connected. A modular home can be erected on a regular foundation allowing the residence to have a full basement or crawlspace, thus making it a permanent dwelling.
The sections are fully customizable according to the owners’ wishes. The more changes made to the original floor plan, the higher the cost, however, but people who purchase this type of home really appreciate the flexibility this construction method offers. Buyers can add rooms, even entire floors. The possibilities are endless! There is also the option of assembling the house on top of a basement for extra living space below ground level.
As the name implies, a mobile home is technically “portable” and can therefore be transported from one location to another. It is entirely factory-built and delivered directly to the site, without the need for a foundation. All that’s left for the owner to do is have it connected to the municipal sewer and power services and move in!
Tiny houses, which are becoming more widespread, fall within the category of mobile homes. Usually installed on a wheeled trailer so they can be easily moved, tiny houses have gained fans as much in cities to increase urban density, as in the woods by people wanting to have a modest functional cottage. Even when the mobile home’s dimensions preclude it from being considered a tiny house, this type of dwelling is typically smaller than a modular residence.