When upgrading your manufactured home you have several options for your floor plan. You can:
- select a standard floor plan
- create a custom floor plan from scratch
- a third way
You will need to consider your goals and priorities when deciding between the three options above. The main things I would think about are: your budget, timeline, and features that are most important to you.
Standard floor plans. This option will be the most cost-effective and quickest way to get your new house. This is because:
- standard floor plans are already approved by HUD (The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
- standard floor plans are already approved by HCD (State of California Department of Housing & Community Development).
- standard floor plans are already approved by the manufacturer’s drafting and engineering departments.
- therefore, the factory is able to build standard floor plans in about 4 to 6 weeks, depending on backlog.
The process for getting a standard floor plan is quick and simple:
- Our contractor measures your lot (free service).
- We sit down and go through the floor plans, and you select the one that best meets your needs. You also get to choose interior and exterior options (this part is so fun!).
- We place the order with the factory and the factory puts your house on the production schedule.
- Your house gets built! When your house is finished, it is transported to your lot.
- Our contractors install and setup your home, and any onsite work is completed. This process can take approximately 4 weeks.
- HCD inspects the installation and grants Certificate of Occupancy.
Custom floor plan. Creating a custom floor plan from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive. On the other hand, you can build your dream home with as many features as you would like (within limits). Many of the reasons these take longer and are more expensive include:
- you have to design every single single aspect of the home: window and door placement, room configurations, location of stairs (if a two-story), lighting plans, etc.
- due to the complexity of designing a home, you may need to pay for an architect.
- custom floor plans need to be approved by HUD (The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development), which can take several weeks to two months. It is an expensive and complicated process that the factory needs to do.
- custom floor plans also need to be approved by HCD (State of California Department of Housing & Community Development).
- custom floor plans need to be designed and engineered from scratch by the manufacturer’s drafting and engineering departments. This process can take several weeks to several months, depending on the design and how many times you change the plans.
- you have to pay for engineering and drafting.
A third way. There is another option. If you want to customize, but are on a budget and tight timeline, you may be able to satisfy both needs by customizing a standard floor plan.
Manufacturers have dozens of floor plans that are already approved by all the pertinent agencies, and many include floor plan customizations options.
If you want more custom than that, you can still start with a standard floor plan and change to meet your needs.
Either of the above two options will be less expensive and faster than starting a new floor plan from scratch.
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