When I was in elementary school I had a favorite house that set right outside my hometown. This home was regal and fancy. It was a two-story brick home with three white columns and to a middle-class coal miner’s daughter that had always lived in a manufactured home, this fancy brick house was my idea of a true dream home. (I didn’t even know placing a manufactured home over a full basement was a possibility at the time)
This isn’t the home but it’s close:
In high school, while riding with a friend we drove by that house and I mentioned how much I loved it and how I dreamed of owning it.
Before I continue, I should mention that as a teen I was a bit embarrassed about living in a manufactured home, even though we lived in a very nice double wide, and my closest friends knew it. I didn’t take kindly to being associated with ‘trailer trash’ and even though I don’t think anyone ever called me that, I was still scared of being labeled with such a derogatory term.
Immediately after I shared my thoughts about the home my friend laughed. It was a deep, almost sinister laugh that took me by surprise. A laugh that you can’t help but ask, “WHAT?”
She grinned and said, “Crystal, that is nothing but a double wide setting on a high basement. The homeowners own Southern Homes (the local manufactured home dealer). Of all the nice houses around here your favorite one is a manufactured home – how ironic is that?”
I probably learned a very important lesson that day though I can’t tell you exactly what it was. Maybe that was the day I learned that manufactured homes are what you make of them. Or, maybe I learned that I was destined to live in a manufactured home and I was absolutely okay with that. Maybe I didn’t learn anything at all but should have.
Placing a Manufactured Home Over a Full Basement
The very true story above came about because I wanted to share a video with you that shows how a double wide can be placed over a high foundation and turned into a beautiful home.
Basically, you get the site-built look at a manufactured home price!
While the video states the home is a modular, the same can be done to a manufactured home. There are a few differences between manufactured and modular. While both types of homes are built in sections in a factory and transported to the lot for assembly, a modular home must pass local and state codes whereas a manufactured home only needs to pass a national code.
A manufactured home is only limited by the restrictions we put on them.
The sky is the limit and that’s one of the most beautiful things about factory-built homes; they allow us the freedom and the unlimited potential of a site-built home, at a fraction of the cost. Placing a manufactured home over a full basement is just one of many options for manufactured homes.
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