Designing New Spacious Manufactured Homes for Smaller Park Spaces in Urban Areas
In the 1950s, 60s, and into the 70s, mobile home parks were built in urban areas across the country for owners to be close to industrial areas and their place of employment. As population increased in these areas, land was no longer available or was too expensive. This resulted in mobile home park construction being limited to outlying towns and rural areas, requiring mobile home owners to endure long commutes to their workplaces in the city.
Those mobile home parks in the early years were designed with spaces that would only accommodate the 8 foot, 10 foot, or 12 foot wide single section homes that were the only sizes readily available in that period. With the advent of the multi-section manufactured homes, the only choice for purchasers seemed to be locating their new homes out of the urban areas; And many did exactly that.
As the older single-wides were removed from these older parks as a result of relocation, dilapidation, or used for trade-ins, the manufacturers of the multi-section homes began building homes in sizes and specifications that would fit into these smaller park spaces — designed originally for the single-wide mobile homes. Today, there are retailers in large metropolitan areas across the country who specialize in locating new multi-width manufactured homes into these older mobile home park spaces.
Most of the spaces in the older parks are long in length but narrow in width. The spaces were originally sized to accommodate a single wide home with a carport on one side and a patio awning over a porch deck on the entry side. New double-wide manufactured homes have been designed in 20 foot or 24 foot widths with front (hitch end) entries and are designed to replace these older single section homes. The extra width of the home eliminates the area where the patio area originally existed, leaving the area of the 11 or 12 foot carport area on the opposite side still available for parking. The patio porch deck and awning is relocated to the front end, street side, of the home which is built by the manufacturer by extending the floor size of the home. It consists of columns, railings, and steps, while the roof of the home is extends over the open deck with the same roof pitch and shingles as the home. Not only is the patio space preferable to site construction accessories, but it also adds architectural appeal to the home.
The flexibility of the design choices is just one of the many advantages of the manufactured home. A retailer who specializes in the replacement of used mobile homes in rental parks can provide the experience and expertise in locating the perfect space for your new manufactured home.
As a result of the older land-lease communities upgrading their facilities and requiring that replacement homes be new manufactured multi-section homes, the in-place value of the homes in the parks increase substantially.
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