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By George Porter
The Lido Peninsula Resort and Cannery Village
These cutting-edge developments use a manufactured housing
product that, in no way, resembles the conventional standard building
produced by the industry. It has gained acceptance in the areas
where it's located and, in fact, enjoys a high degree of economic
success. Most of these are two-story homes. Many companies today
are beginning to explore the possibility of multi-story HUD code
If a person were to try to guess the problems needing to be
solved in the industry's future, those would involve:
1. How to build a multi-story home that complies with the HUD
2. How to have higher roof pitches, which are still suitable for
3. And, how to solve a weight problem with the transportation
of the home.
The first part of how to build a two-story home is gradually
becoming known. The previously mentioned projects use them exclusively.
It requires the use of a crane and therefore, the cost of the
onsite work is greater. But, the acceptance of the public more
than makes up for the added expense and the results are stunning.
If you drive by a present day home and quickly glance at it, the
most immediate thing that tells you that it is a HUD code home
maybe the low roof pitch, somewhere around 3/12. This highly recognizable
factor in our housing is often times used to zone us out of developments.
Although this roof sheds water just as well as any other roof
that works properly, the generally public is not thrilled with
its aesthetic value.. For this reason, many factories are starting
to put hinged roofs on their homes. Through the use of a hinged
roof, the home has a more conventional roof pitch of 5/12 or even
7/12. With this change, HUD code homes are virtually indistinguishable
from any other type of home, from the exterior. The homes of the
future will undoubtedly have many difference styles of roof and
pitches, and will more closely resemble site-built housing then
The weight and strength of the transportation system must also
undergo changes in the future. There is definitely a limit to
the width of the chassis when the wheelbase is limited to 8 feet.
As the homes get heavier, they will sooner or later run out of
places to put axles underneath them. At the present time there
are homes being shipped from one place to another that have as
many as eight axles, that's 16 tires, underneath them. These are
homes have extreme difficulty manipulating corners because at
least 12 of those 16 tires must skid sideways in order to turn.
This is extremely hard on the frame of the home. For this reason,
a technology must be instituted to create either a lighter home,
or axles with a higher capacity, so we can use fewer of them.
Some manufacturers are already looking into an all-steel construction
of the home. An all-steel home is one with all steel floor joists,
steel wall studs and steel rafters. Believe it or not, an all-steel
framed home is approximately 30% lighter than a wood framed home.
There are many other advantages such as resistance to rotting
and warping and storage at the manufacturing facility. Through
the use of lighter materials such as steel, the future innovations
for roof systems, such as 512, 712 and even a hip roof system,
enable the homes of tomorrow to become much more widely accepted
throughout the nation. This acceptance will come in the form of
zoning restrictions lifted by local governments and by conventional
mortgages at conventional rates through financial institutions.
The system of production, delivery and distribution is the
secret to success of this industry. Once the product becomes more
mainstream, the size of this industry should grow exponentially.
According to the National Board of Realtors, 80% of the American
public cannot afford the average new American stick-built home.
They have neither the means nor the ability to make the payments
and/or down payment, let alone the settlement costs. This industry
is the only way they will ever own a new home. Therefore, 80%
of the new home buying public belongs to the manufactured housing
industry. Innovative designs, coupled with excellent installation,
will provide the American public with the type of home it desires
and the safety and durability that it requires.