Besides working with manufacturers with whom we have long-established relationships, we have created a code of conduct with which they must comply. We intend to work with local manufacturers for whom the environment and people’s health are the main concern. It is HOM’s way of affirmation that fosters a more sustainable way of living.
Prefab, modular, manufactured and panelized housing are terms that are used fairly loosely today to describe various types of home building options that are preassembled to some degree before they are delivered to the site. There is overlap between very low-end ‘tornado-magnet’ trailer housing and very top-drawer architecture delivered in modules.
Newer “housetrailers or mobile homes”, are now called “manufactured housing”. A manufactured home is constructed in a controlled environment. It is built to the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards (also known as HUD Code). Mobile home is the term used for factory built manufactured housing made prior to the introduction of the HUD Code in 1980 (check).
Prefab, panelized, and modular homes are terms that usually refer to upscale housing that can be any combination of pre-engineered home parts that are delivered to the building site ready to be assembled in a quick manner. There is some very creative and high style architecture in some of the latest introductions into the prefab and modular housing arena. A home of this type, when properly installed and maintained, will appreciate the same as the surrounding site-built homes in its area. If you are buying the home and land together or plan to place the home on land that you already own, financial institutions offer traditional real estate mortgages with similar interest rates.
Manufactured housing is built on a trailer chassis and is considered portable or temporary in nature. Typically constructed from lightweight metal or wood framing, manufactured housing is less durable and less versatile than modular structures. Modular houses are comprised of all the same materials, techniques and standards as site construction, except that the units are assembled in days. HOM dwellings are modular structures.