Modular homes are more cost-effective than stick-built homes from design to construction and daily use. They’re energy efficient, and can be designed and built in modern designs, and can also be classified as green homes. When you want to buy a modular home, you’ll see other prefabricated homes that may be called modular homes.
However, these manufactured homes don’t have the same features and benefits, and they’re not permanent structures. Also, true modular homes rest on a permanent foundation like stick-built homes. So, it’s important to know how to tell if it’s a modular home or not.
How to Identify a Modular Home
Each modular home should have a small identification tag called a “Factory Built Unit Certification.” This data plate shows that the building was constructed to meet the requirements of the U.S. Universal Building Code (UBC). Such tags are usually placed in different sections of the building, including:
- Kitchen cabinets
- Kitchen sinks
- Bedroom closets
- Electrical panel box
Modular homes can be differentiated from manufactured homes by checking for the presence of HUD — Department of Housing and Urban Development — tags. Manufactured homes use these HUD tags to show that they comply with the national building requirements. If they’re present, it means it’s a manufactured home and not a modular home.
Do All Modular Homes Look the Same?
Modular homes don’t all look the same. Just like site-built homes, there are virtually no design limitations. So, you can choose any style or design you like, from a colonial to a vacation home. The following designs are available at Westchester Modular Homes, and, if you don’t see your dream home on already our site, we can help you design and construct a custom-built modular home:
- Colonials: Luxurious colonials offer you spacious interior designs with amazing creativity and privacy. These unique designs can be modified to fit your taste, and they’re available in two-story designs with different numbers of bedrooms.
- Craftsman: A traditional style home that allows you to experience the classic architectural designs of the previous age. These homes have plenty of living space and amazing charm and elegance.
- Ranches: Built in a distinct modular style, these buildings have special external treatments like front farmer porches and reverse gables. Inside, you’ll see cathedral-style high ceilings, wet bars, master bar suites and inviting fireplaces.
- Vacation: These picturesque beach homes are built specially to withstand high winds and storms. Many have customizable designs that can be used to replace homes that were damaged by hurricanes and windstorms.
- Multi-family apartments: We offer a wide variety of multi-family home designs including duplex, triplex, apartments and condos. These designs just serve as a starting point. We can work with you to design and build the exact type of modular unit you want.
Now that you know how to identify a modular home and the wide range of design options available, you’re in a good position to choose one that will satisfy your requirements. Take the next step and contact us for a free consultation on the design and construction of modular homes.