This is the question nagging in the back of the mind for many people, especially Americans that are in a dilemma, between owning a home proposal but not sure whether they should go in for a custom home or manufactured home. To squarely answer this question, we can go in search of examples in England.
Historically the concept of “prefabricated homes” known as “Manufactured Homes” today, popped up the real estate scene somewhere during 1908 to 1940. In England many companies started up ventures to build up these prefab houses with materials available then and started selling them in large numbers. They were advertised as “Modern Homes” owing to the fact that they had up-to-date facilities compared to conventional homes. Preferably the prefab homes built then were vacation cottages and included multi-story homes as well.
Then came World War II causing untold havoc to the British country, whereby hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes. The British government had to tackle with the housing problem and they rightly chose prefabricated homes to “temporarily” house those who lost their homes to the War. The city of Bristol is a shining example. The setting up of prefabricated homes was so huge that Bristol was known as “prefab city”. As many as over 400 models of prefab homes, villas and bungalows thronged the city and the amazing fact is nearly 700 prefabricated homes still exist in Bristol today.
These homes were designed to last only around 10 years, but the residents of these “temporary” housing are living there comfortably even after 50 years and more. Some years later, the British government decided to replace these old fabricated homes with asbestos roofing and bulldozed nearly 150 homes. A new set of fabricated homes were built on those sites and they are still efficient even after decades now and look modern in the surroundings.
With this example let us review the situation obtaining in U.S. today, where a number of popular brands of Manufactured Homes are made available. These are designed by experts in the field, mostly fabricated into two sets – bottom and upper portion by skilled tradesmen inside a factory, closely supervised in every shift to fit into the quality standards laid out by the company and that of the Government rules, finished within the set time frame, transported to the proposed site and fit up there with the final touches.
With the ever-increasing demand, every company is concentrating on the upscale designs, fabrication and timely supply of these Manufactured Homes with 100% quality materials. Therefore there is no need for any apprehension over the strength of these Manufactured Homes any more, to last long as against the custom-built homes.
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