Usually, we find mobile homes in single and double-wide. Single wides are the least expensive and especially popular with young families and others who are just starting out or have limited finances. The double wides are precisely as the name implies, twice the size of single wide mobile homes. Double wide mobile homes are popular because they are considered a step up from the basic single wide mobile home, having added space, a different floor plan, and other features.
What Is a Mobile Home?
There are advantages to purchasing a mobile home instead of a traditional home. Mobile homes are also known as manufactured homes. They are built in factories then placed on trailers, where they are delivered to mobile home parks or land leased by the home's owner. The owner can rent, lease, or own the land, although they own their mobile home separately.
One significant advantage of mobile home ownership is its lower-cost, which makes first-time homeownership a more attainable goal. Additionally, because a mobile home costs less per square foot than a traditional home, you can get more home for your money.
Another great advantage of owning a mobile home is that you have flexibility. If you later choose to upgrade your home, you can replace it on the same land. And if you don't own the land, you can 'try out' the neighborhood to see if you enjoy living there. If you don't, you can move your home to another place. This isn't an easy process, but it is doable.
Unlike a traditional home, manufactured homes are built in controlled environments. The same high standards of one manufactured home are the same for all made by that manufacturer. There will be no weather delays in their construction or scheduling issues with other subcontractors.
What Is a Triple Wide Mobile Home?
People who love mobile homes have always been excited about double wides because, as we said earlier, they're double the size of the single wide. So how excited are people about the triple wide?! According to HUD (Housing and Urban Development), triple wide mobile homes cannot correctly be categorized as mobile homes at all. This is because they consist of more than two boxes (like the double-wide), so by HUD code, triple wides are modular homes. This means they are constructed off-site in sections and assembled on-site. The construction process makes them less expensive than traditionally built homes, but this doesn't mean they are lesser in quality. Modular homes are built to local state codes, which have been in many cases, adopted from the International Residential Code (IRC).
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Triple wides, also called multi-sectional manufactured homes, have three sections with floor plans that bring together the sections to make one spacious home. The house may have one or two stories. These are a little harder to come by than single or double wides, but not impossible. These have the manufacturing advantages of a mobile home because they are also built in controlled environments to a high standard and transported from the factory to the land the occupants' own or rent.
To give you some idea of the size of a triple-wide, they can have up to six bedrooms and spread out over more than 3,000 square feet! They are fully customizable and can have special features added as the owner wishes. For instance, spa bathrooms, extra-large bedrooms, walk-in closets, media centers, garages, etc., are among the amenities you could have room for with your new triple wide. These are perfect for large families or people who work from home and require office space.
If you take care with the landscaping around your modular home, it can be indistinguishable from the traditionally built homes around it.
Selecting a Floor Plan Right For a Triple Wide Mobile Home
Choosing a floor plan is how you customize your modular home. The floor plan is the way the rooms are laid out in the house. It shows the sizes of the rooms and where they are located in relation to one another. The manufacturer will present the owner with various floor plans to choose from, although you can still make changes.
To be best prepared for choosing your floor plan, you should first know exactly what you and your family needs. Know how many bedrooms and where you would prefer for them to be located in the home, what size kitchen and living spaces do you need, and what additions you require. You may or may not get exactly what you want in the end, but you will be much closer than if you blindly chose a floor plan or didn't choose at all.
Here are a few things to know when looking at the floor plans:
These are just the sketches' symbols to give the essential details regarding scale, walls, counters, doors, windows, tubs, and appliances. Understanding the symbols will help you to envision your home more accurately. The manufacturer will also help you with this.
Scale and proportion
The floor plan is just a 2-D representation of what the 3-D home will look like, so note that it will be drawn to scale as much as possible. This means that a room that appears twice the size of another room on the floor plan is probably close to twice the size in reality.
You won't find elevations on the floor plan, but it may be an attached document. It will show one side of your triple wide modular home so that you can see the finished height of the house. The manufacturer should show you elevations of at least four of the sides, so you can know how your home will look.
The elevation plan should include:
Heights of all important features
Features of the roof
Any porches, patios, or decks
Ceiling and finished floor levels
The material symbols
Doors and windows
Where the corners of the exterior walls are located
From this information, you can make an informed decision about what you want to keep, add, or discard.
Which Triple Wide Mobile Home Plan is Good for You
One of the most popular floor plans is the open plan concept, which provides the most open space. This plan allows you to use furniture to define the living spaces in your home. These homes are less expensive than other modular homes and still offer the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you need.
Another popular plan is the mother-in-law or master bedroom suite. This layout puts a bedroom and bathroom separate from the rest of the home's sleeping quarters. It offers privacy to the mother-in-law or parents of the family.
Finally, it's also an excellent idea to add an outdoor living space you would enjoy, like a deck or porch. When they are added at this stage, they are integrated into the construction.
Whichever floor plan you choose, do it with the size and shape of your land in mind. The home has to fit on the land.
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