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7 Interesting Facts About Manufactured Homes That You Probably Didn’t Know

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December 7, 2021 Homes

What comes to mind when you hear the terms “modular home, pre-built home, pre-fab home, or manufactured home”?

Unfortunately, because of stigmas from the past, too many people think of trailers from years gone by.

Today’s reality for manufactured homes is a long list of positives: beautiful designs; easy to maintain; modern homes that hold value; warranty options; skilled, professional construction; lifetime investment; state of the art construction process; saving money; craftsmanship; turnkey; DIY project options; affordable; secure…to name a few.

As a family-owned business in Tyler, Texas, that’s constructed thousands of quality homes since opening in 1996, we know there are many interesting facts about manufactured homes that too many people don’t realize.

We don’t need to convince you when it comes to the great things about manufactured, modular, and pre-built homes.

The proof is in the facts!

  1. Built to High Standards

Manufactured homes are regulated by code standards put into place by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, in 1974.

When you invest in a manufactured home, you can ensure your investment meets a high level of quality standards. Not only that, but these codes are regularly updated, ensuring that your home is not only built well, but is also safe for your family to enjoy.

An added bonus to modular homes being regulated by HUD is that these standards apply across the United States. Unlike site-built homes, which have building codes that vary depending on what state you’re in, manufactured homes have the same safety etc. codes no matter what state you live in.

  1. Customizability

Unfortunately, many people have the idea that manufactured and pre-fab homes are cookie-cutter designs. However, this couldn’t be farther from the truth!

When you choose to design and build a manufactured home, the customizable options are virtually endless.

Pratt Homes offers floor plan designs that range from 500-2300 square feet. Whether you want a tiny home, a large family home, or something in between, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s a list of a few customizable options and ideas:

Vaulted ceilings

Walk-in closets

Stainless steel appliances

Custom kitchen or chef kitchen

Custom cabinets

Built-in entertainment centers



Large bedrooms or living rooms

…and there’s more!

  1. Lasts For a Lifetime

While a manufactured home is a great financial option for a starter home, they’re also much more than that. These quality, professionally-constructed homes are built to last a lifetime, even down to how the homes are created. Manufactured homes are constructed indoors, protecting the building materials from being damaged by anything from bugs to weather. Too often, the building materials of traditionally built houses, which take longer to build, become damaged while the home is being built. This can be not only bad for the structural integrity of your home but also very expensive.

  1. Weather-Ready

Many regions are experiencing severe weather conditions on a fairly regular basis these days. Big storms and even tornadoes often happen in East Texas.

One of the great benefits of a manufactured home is that part of the design freedom means you can adapt your home for your area’s weather conditions.

Talk to your professional and experienced modular home builder today about how to design a house ready for any weather event. Knowing that your family will be safe and sheltered during extreme weather is priceless.

  1. Sustainable Options

For many reasons, people are opting for more sustainable choices when it comes to building and designing their homes.

One of the wonderful benefits of a manufactured home is that it gives you options for everything, from eco-friendly building materials to appliances and more.

An added benefit to being more sustainable when it comes to your appliances is saving a considerable amount on your utility bills.

  1. Not the Mobile Home Anymore

Unfortunately, many people make the mistake of thinking all manufactured and pre-fab homes are the mobile homes or trailers from the past.

However, manufactured homes are more permanent structures with endless design options.

While both are factory-built, there’s a big difference when it comes to both standards and looks. For the most part, modern manufactured homes are difficult to tell from stick-built homes because of their quality building materials and tasteful design features.

  1. Not Only a Home

Manufactured homes, because of their endless design options and affordability, also make excellent office spaces. Have you always dreamed of having your own office? Or maybe a separate home office on your property?

A manufactured home is a perfect solution. You can customize the design to fit your individual and business’ unique needs.

Manufactured homes have come a long way, especially in the past forty years. With so many options, it’s no wonder more and more people are choosing pre-fab houses as their forever homes.

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