Modular or Manufactured Housing?
First, some distinctions: Site built and stick built home usually refers to a traditional single-family residence that is built at the same site on which the finished home will stand.
Next, mobile homes are now called “manufactured” homes. The terminology has changed since the building codes were instituted, improving the quality and safety. The Manufactured Housing Institute defines a manufactured home as "a single-family house constructed entirely in a controlled factory environment, built to the federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, better known as the HUD Code" with a permanent chassis for transportability. Manufactured homes usually have between 600-1500 square feet. There a several different sizes and models to choose from. The sizes are called, single wide, double wide, and triple wide.This is the lowest cost stand-alone residence available. You can purchase a brand new single-section manufactured home for less than $29,000.
However, many communities do not allow manufactured homes and insurance is potentially costly.
Like manufactured houses, modular homes are built in a factory and quality inspected every step of the way. Modular homes usually come in set floor plans and models, however, there are custom modular builders that allow you to customized your home. They are very similar to a traditional home with full size bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens, and even yards. Modular homes are becoming more popular due to their lower price per square footage. Unlike manufactured homes, the pieces (“modules”) of the house are transported to the building site where they are put together by a local building contractor, and they have no chassis or wheels. Also, modulars must conform to building codes in your specific location.