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  1. Hi Crystal, Very helpful information. I’m wondering if a prefab container home being completely built out by manufacturer would qualify as not being subject to local building codes and only national codes. Would this also apply to the foundation? Thanks so much.

    1. Hi Kelley,

      Last I looked, any kind of modular or prefab container home is regulated by local building codes. Only the defined HUD homes can get away with only meeting the national code (though it varies by state).

  2. Hi Crystal!

    I was looking at doing the same thing. I bid to purchase a home in Mineral County, WV but didn’t get it. It said the home build date was 1950 which might pre-date the manufactured home industry but I could swear it was a double-wide on a raised foundation. My backup plan is to get the land I want and then do precisely that; a raised foundation on a sloping lot allowing for basement/garage access and affix a double-wide on top of it. Not sure what part of WV you are in but maybe the people you know might do work in my neck of the woods.



    1. Hi Dave!

      Great to hear from you! I’m from Pineville, in southern WV (south of Beckley, north of Princeton, east of Logan). We always joked that northern WV was ‘the rich part’ of the state. I don’t know a soul up there unfortunately.

      The home you looked at was likely a single wide with additions or maybe a concept home. Single wides were very popular before 1950 but double wides were not. There were concept double wide homes but it was the late 50’s – mid-60’s before double wides became ‘available’ (for lack of a better word).

      Hope you the best in finding the right home!

    1. Hi Danielle,

      Construction and labor costs are so varied across the nation that it’s near impossible to estimate. Basements for a new manufactured home installation is labor intensive and requires specialty equipment. If I had to guess, I’d say it would cost $30k or more for a new double wide to be placed over a full basement here in WV (we have rock though). It would be even more expensive on a home that has already been installed.

      Thanks so much!