What are systems-built or modular homes?
More people are familiar with the term “modular” than “systems-built” when describing a home that is built off-site and trucked to its permanent foundation. Modular homes are built in a manufacturing facility and consist of anywhere from two to seven modules for typical homes up to 3,000 square feet.
Modular homes come in all styles and sizes. The modules or sections of a modular home are transported to a job site 70-90% complete. Once the home reaches the job site, the modules are lifted onto the home’s foundation using a crane. A finish crew will then complete the home by tying in the roof sections, siding and interior finish. After the home is set, your builder may complete additional features such as garages, porches and decks.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, manufactured homes, sometimes referred to as mobile homes, is another type of building system and are constructed to a different building standard. This standard, the Federal Construction Safety Standards Act (HUD/CODE), unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a non-removable chassis. Many communities have restrictions on where manufactured homes can be located.
System’s-built modular and site-built homes on the other hand, are constructed to the same building codes required by your state, county and specific locality and therefore are not restricted by building or zoning regulations for manufactured homes.
Your new system’s built modular home is inspected at the assembly plant during each phase of construction. Evidence of this inspection is normally shown by the application of a state or inspection agency label of approval.