6 Most Popular Manufactured Home Custom Options and Features
Today’s modern new manufactured home is at least equal or superior to a comparable site-built home in construction quality, design, materials, safety, features, amenities, options, and will cost the homebuyer up to 50% less. Take a look at the most popular manufactured home features that homebuyers choose.
Most manufactured home dealers offer a wide variety of models and floor plans that can be customized to meet the unique specific needs and desires of the home purchaser, such as handicap access, dual master bedroom suites, extra closets, special requirements and much more.
Having it your way
In addition to standard features, equipment, and customization, manufacturers offer a wide array of optional upgrades in decor, appliances, fixtures, cabinetry, countertops, floor covering, windows, bathrooms, utility rooms, office space, family rooms, entertainment centers, fireplaces and much more. If you have a special request the manufacturer will most likely be able to accommodate.
From dozens of reviews of recent customer dual section home specification orders, we have compiled the following list of the six most popular options chosen by manufactured home buyers. Some of the items are standard with some models and optional with other manufacturers.
Research has shown kitchens and master bedroom baths are by far the most important rooms in the home for almost all manufactured home shoppers.
Upgraded Appliance Packages
Manufactured home manufacturers include all name brand kitchen appliances, including refrigerator, as a standard feature. Many home buyers choose to upgrade those appliances to include a deluxe range, dishwasher and side by side refrigerator in black or stainless steel.
A growing number of manufacturers also offer ENERGY STAR rated appliances which conserve energy and significantly reduce utility costs. Check out our previous report, “Manufactured Home Shopper: Ask about ENERGY STAR Certified Homes for more information.
Luxury Master Baths and Bedroom Suites
Manufactured home baths are well known for their design and comfort. Popular upgrades include both an elongated or platform oval soaking tub and extra large shower. Dual sink vanities are a must for many home shoppers. Combining luxury bath with a master bedroom retreat area is available with some floor plans.
Office or Computer Space
Numerous manufactured home floor plans have an office/study/computer room with double doors, usually adjacent to the living room. If the floor plan you love doesn’t include a designated space for an office, the manufacturer will often recreate one of the smaller bedrooms for that purpose.
Multi-Purpose Laundry/Utility Room
Many new home buyers select a manufactured home floor plan with a large laundry/utility room located at home’s rear exit door with a passage door into a second bathroom, creating a combination mudroom/laundry/utility room.
Space permitting, the addition of an overhead utility cabinet, deep laundry sink, folding table, clothes hanging rack, extra storage closet and or a freezer space are some of the optional choices that many homebuyers will appreciate.
Fireplaces and Entertainment Media Centers
Today’s manufactured home buyers are increasingly attuned to the entertainment and technology features that are offered by producers of today’s modern factory-built home. Many are opting for a room or area of the home for casual private gatherings.
The resurgence of homes with family rooms or “Great rooms” are becoming very popular once again. Manufactured home builders offer these floor plans with a myriad of options including wood burning fireplaces, and handcrafted entertainment centers to accommodate multiple media devices. Note: Fireplaces and or media centers are also available in living rooms and master bedrooms.
Integrated Covered Porches
A popular recent trend in factory-built housing is the floor plan inclusion of an integrated covered porch expanding inside-outside living space. The porch deck is an extension of the manufactured home floor with the covering a continuance of the roof line and railings matching the home siding. The covered porch is often located with entrance to and from kitchen/dining room area and extending to the manufactured home main entry, ideal for indoor/outdoor casual dining and relaxation. Some manufacturers offer floor plans with covered porches extending family rooms and/or as a retreat off master bedroom. The covered porch also adds distinctive residential style and elevation to the exterior of the home.