SOURCE: Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association

May 21, 2010 15:20 ET

Advantages of System-Built Homes, Michigan Manufactured Housing Association Explains

OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwire - May 21, 2010) -  Bay windows, hardwood floors, custom kitchens with quality appliances, skylights, vaulted ceilings, bathrooms with whirlpools and walk-in closets are all found in many homes across the country. These extras can add unique aspects to any house. What type of home could have these luxuries but cost 10 to 35 percent less? 

The answer is system-built homes. Constructed with the same high-quality materials as site-built homes, system-built homes are the choice for saving money on a custom-built home.

Construction materials, including interior features and appliances, are purchased by factory homebuilders in large quantities to take advantage of volume pricing, and the savings are passed onto the homebuyer. System-built homes are constructed in a climate-controlled environment so delays are few, if any, due to weather conditions, damaged building materials, vandalism and theft, which can be costly to the buyer. From start to finish, system-built homes can be completed in as little as a few weeks, ready for the buyer to move in.

System-built homes can include living and family rooms, dining rooms and spacious bedrooms. Exterior options include metal, vinyl or wood siding. "Any feature found in a site-built home can be found in a system-built home," said Tim DeWitt, executive director of the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association. "Many floor plans range from basic to elaborate with split-level and two-story homes available."

Throughout the building process, construction is continually inspected to ensure the home meets the standards of the federal code, the HUD code, and the State of Michigan Residential Building Code, which is the same code for site-built homes. Each home is engineered and inspected to meet wind safety standards and energy efficiency requirements.

For information about system-built housing, and to learn how it can be an affordable housing choice for you, visit www.michhome.org.

The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association is a non-profit trade association representing the system-built industry in Michigan. MMHA works to improve the image of system-built housing by educating consumers, media and government about the quality, affordability, design and beauty of the homes. It also works to protect the interests of the industry and the owners of system-built homes. For more information about system-built housing, visit www.michhome.org, call 800.551.1315 or contact MMHA, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, MI 48864-5978; 517.349.3300.

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