Every mobile home starts with an incredibly rigid and durable steel frame that forms the base of the house. The walls, flooring, and all other components of the home are then built on top of this frame as a single unit.
The steel frame allows for the entire home to be picked up in a single piece either by forklifts or specialized trucks, and placed onto a highway truck for delivery to virtually anywhere. It's then set either on poured concrete piers or concrete blocks and ready for use. One of the great features with these houses however is that if it's ever required, you can raise the house again and transport it to a new location.
One of the restrictions with mobile homes is the size. Since the entire house must be able to be moved as a single unit, you're restricted by the highway act which determines the width of a load which can be transported. Because of this Mobile Homes are the smallest type of prefab houses and typically the least expensive.
Other Types of Prefab Homes
There are a variety of building methods to choose from.
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A classic, durable prefab home with good insulation value & a unique style. This method can be used for both small cabins and gigantic rustic mansions.
Built in modules (sections), this style of home offers the affordability of factory production with far more design freedom.
By re-using shipping containers, you're able to get a durable skeleton at an affordable price. Then it's customized for a funky look, or more traditional modern appearance.
SIPs (structurally insulated panels) have become popular due to their ease of assembly and high insulation value and ability to make an infinite variety of layouts.
Mobile houses have evolved over the years and today they look very different from their trailer-like predecessors. Just drop it off and your house is ready to go!