Building A Manufactured Home to Modular Code

Learn how a manufactured home can be built as a modular home!

Did you know that a HUD manufactured home plan can be built as a modular home? At Clayton, our experienced builders can take almost any manufactured home floor plan and make it fit all applicable codes to be built as a modular home.

All new Clayton Built® manufactured homes are built to HUD code. Clayton Built® modular homes are built to all applicable state and local International Residential Codes (IRC), which are also used as standards for site built homes.¹

Some standards, such as modular home foundations and building standards can vary by state and local regulations. HUD manufactured home codes and modular home codes are different, but almost any HUD home plan can be changed to a modular plan built to IRC Code.

How Do I Know If I'm Going to Purchase a Manufactured Home or a Modular Home?

When looking at homes, you can ask your home consultant at your local home center if the home is a manufactured or modular home. Clayton home builders have floor plans that are already approved as modular homes. However, you can still customize a modular home floor plan! Just talk to your home consultant about available customization options and they will guide you along the process.

If you fall in love with a manufactured home model or floor plan that you want changed to be built as a modular home, talk to your home consultant to verify the home can also be built as the modular home of your dreams!

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Changing a HUD Home to a Modular Home

Once you have requested for a home to be built to modular code, your home consultant and home building facility will take the following steps to build your dream home:

  1. First, your home consultant will reach out to the home building facility and request that the manufactured home be built as a modular home. The home building facility will keep the floor plan and style the same, but will build your home to meet the IRC code for the location where your home will be placed.
  2. Next, the home building facility will go through the approval process to build the home to state and local regulations. Every IRC floor plan must go through a third-party agency with the state where the home will be placed for approval. The request will be reviewed by the state where the home will be located to ensure the plan meets all of the codes for that specific state.
  3. If the home plan is already approved for the location to which your home is going, the home building facility will go ahead and start building your home!

Benefits of a Modular Home

Both manufactured homes and modular homes are built inside a climate controlled home building facility with extreme care so that every home is both strong and durable. Whether you should buy a modular home or a HUD manufactured home may be dependent on your family's needs and budget, as modular homes typically cost more than manufactured homes.

Modular homes are built to the same IRC codes as site built homes and can be built in single, double or triple section floor plans. A triple section home can offer up to 2,970 sq. ft. Both manufactured and modular homes have different sizes  to provide enough space for any family.

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How To Decide if a Modular or a Manufactured Home is Right for You

Determining which prefabricated home is right for you can be tricky because both types have their perks. However, if you are trying to decide between a HUD manufactured and a modular home, the following questions can help you decide.

If you answer yes to these questions, you may want to get a manufactured home:

  • Do I ever want to move my home?
  • Do I want my home built to HUD code?
  • Do I want to place my home in a manufactured home community?

If you answer yes to these questions, you may want to get a modular home:

  • Do I want my home to be built to the same IRC codes as site built homes in my area?
  • Do I want to place a prefabricated home in an area that prohibits manufactured homes?

Modular homes are a great option for anyone who wants to enjoy the benefits of an off-site built home created just for them, but also have a home constructed using site built building codes. You can learn more about all of our Clayton Built® home options, including modular homes, on the Clayton Studio blog!

¹ / U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Accessed July 16, 2018.

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