Heritage Home Center
A simple comparison between manufactured and modular and conventional stick built residential construction.
manufactured
Homes called Maufactured (as opposed to the old Mobile Homes) have one thing in common across the country - a single unified construction standard developed by the Federal Government. Like our Constitution, its so simple but also brilliant! It allows a builder located anywhere, from Washington to Texas to build a residental dwelling of any size exactly the same way using a common standard. Think about buying a common kitchen appliance like a toaster. Whether you plug that in Boise or Boca Raton, it will work exactly the same way. Why not build homes this way? Well Manufactured Homes are built to a Federal standard adopted by Congress in 1976. Homes built prior to this are called "Mobile Homes" and built to a lower standard of construction with inferior building materials. Thankfully those days are behind us and so today you can walk into a dealer anywhere in the United States and buy a manufactured home that will be like the proverbial toaster. Just plug it in and it works. Brilliant isnt it.
modular
Homes called Modular while sometimes confusingly also called Manufactured, may look similar to Manufactured Homes but they are built to a State level building code and not the Federal HUD standard. While still offering the same advantages of Manufactured Homes, these Modulars require extra time to build and get State approvals during each step of the build process. In Washington State, that means approvals from WA Department of Licensing. Furthermore, these homes need a perimeter foundation just like with stick built homes and follow the same types of permit approvals. Please note: DUE TO REDUCED STATE LICENSING CAPACITY DURING COVID, THESE HOMES CANNOT CURRENTLY BE ORDERED. We apologize and will begin offering Modular once Washington State will support.
conventional stick
Homes are built on site with building materials using a general contractor. Site built homes offer the most flexibility in layout and construction materials, and are the right option for many prospective new home buyers. These homes can take much longer to get permits submitted and approved and also cost significantly more to construct on a building site. If your budget and timeline allow stick built, and you really want a custom design, these may be the right home for you.
A simple comparison between manufactured and modular and conventional stick built residential construction.
manufactured
Homes called Maufactured (as opposed to the old Mobile Homes) have one thing in common across the country - a single unified construction standard developed by the Federal Government. Like our Constitution, its so simple but also brilliant! It allows a builder located anywhere, from Washington to Texas to build a residental dwelling of any size exactly the same way using a common standard. Think about buying a common kitchen appliance like a toaster. Whether you plug that in Boise or Boca Raton, it will work exactly the same way. Why not build homes this way? Well Manufactured Homes are built to a Federal standard adopted by Congress in 1976. Homes built prior to this are called "Mobile Homes" and built to a lower standard of construction with inferior building materials. Thankfully those days are behind us and so today you can walk into a dealer anywhere in the United States and buy a manufactured home that will be like the proverbial toaster. Just plug it in and it works. Brilliant isnt it.
modular
Homes called Modular while sometimes confusingly also called Manufactured, may look similar to Manufactured Homes but they are built to a State level building code and not the Federal HUD standard. While still offering the same advantages of Manufactured Homes, these Modulars require extra time to build and get State approvals during each step of the build process. In Washington State, that means approvals from WA Department of Licensing. Furthermore, these homes need a perimeter foundation just like with stick built homes and follow the same types of permit approvals. Please note: DUE TO REDUCED STATE LICENSING CAPACITY DURING COVID, THESE HOMES CANNOT CURRENTLY BE ORDERED. We apologize and will begin offering Modular once Washington State will support.
conventional stick
Homes are built on site with building materials using a general contractor. Site built homes offer the most flexibility in layout and construction materials, and are the right option for many prospective new home buyers. These homes can take much longer to get permits submitted and approved and also cost significantly more to construct on a building site. If your budget and timeline allow stick built, and you really want a custom design, these may be the right home for you.