Understanding how manufactured homes are constructed can help you remodel or modify a home. This is especially true when you have to replace the flooring or move walls in a mobile home. Knowing the construction methods that are involved, and the order of construction, can help you plan your project better and save money.
This video is shot inside of a Cavco’s factory and shows the process of building a manufactured home from start to finish, in this case a single wide park model home. Notice how the heating vent is one continuous vent running down the center of the chassis and how the floors are laid before any walls are attached to the structure.
Over the years, the manufactured home builders have tweaked their building processes down to a fine science and the quality of the homes has increased significantly. Building a home in a factory is a safer, more affordable method of home construction. From wearing hard hats for protection from injury to inventing specialized machinery – factory building is the best all-around method for home construction.
If you want to visualize a double wide’s building process, this image should help you. I found it at Frey’s Mobile and Manufactured Home Sales website.
1. 2×10 #2 SPF or better floor joists on 16″ centers.
2. Perimeter heat with wall mounted registers and boots.
3. Shaw Acclaim 16 ounce casual texture carpet with 5 pound rebond pad.
4. 2×6 Stud SPF or better placed on 16″ centers.
5. 2×10 headers above all windows and doors.
6. 7/16″ OSB exterior sheathing.
7. R-19 Owens Corning Fiberglass wall batt insulation.
8. R-33 Cellulose Roof Insulation.
9. Optional 7/12 roof pitch with 50 or 70 pound snow load.
10. 2×6 Fascia plate.
11. 7/16″ OSB exterior roof sheathing.
12. Architectural Roof Shingles.
13. Full-finish drywall throughout the home.
14. Dual pane vinyl, single hing – single tilt windows.
15. 36×80 vinyl clad steel insulated 6 panel door with storm front and rear.
Knowing how manufactured homes are constructed will not only help you remodel your older home, but it will also help you while buying a new home.
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(MMHL does not endorse or recommend one manufacturer over another. Each manufacturer has their own strengths and weaknesses.)