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Manufactured Homes Knock Tiny Homes Down to Size

April 13th, 2017 Comments off

Kerstin Gillespie’s manufactured home. Credit: Stanwood Camano News.

While “tiny homes” may be all the rage, more and more people are finding that the real value is in a tried and true model.

According to the Northwest Housing Association (NHA) in Olympia, Washington, more and more people who look at tiny homes as an option have discovered manufactured housing not only offers affordability, but also meets meeting zoning, building and life safety standards that many tiny homes do not.

My home is really cute,” said Kerstin Gillespie of Allyn, Washington. She purchased a 586-square-foot manufactured home, placing it on family land to live in while she attends graduate school in nearby Tacoma.

Inside it has 9-foot ceilings, lots of windows and lots of light. I went with a manufactured home because I’d had a good experience buying one before and knew I could move in quickly and get more home for the money.”

Gillespie was able to customize her home, an option that often gets lost among the stereotypes surrounding “mobile homes” or “trailer parks.” HUD Code homes must be at least 400 square feet. The houses compete favorably with the cost of tiny homes; their lower price reflects the efficiencies of being factory built.

Per Stanwood Camano News, unlike tiny homes, which are still struggling with state and local regulations, buyers of manufactured homes generally avoid building code and zoning issues in Washington State, as it passed a law in 2005 preventing cities from discriminating against these manufactured homes.


The inside of a Fourleaf Properties manufactured home in Dallas, Texas. Credit: Candy’s Dirt.

Manufactured homes are built to a national code that ensures homes meet basic structural, safety and energy standards,” said Craig Sedlacek, the program manager for the Factory Assembled Structures program at the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries. The organization conducts building inspections for manufactured homes.

There’s no real definition for a tiny home. It might be built to a local code, a recreational vehicle (RV) code or no code at all. It’s important for buyers to understand what standards a home is built to before they buy it.”

Sedlacek also points out that the standards cover important questions about where a home can be located and whether it meets health and safety standards.

One big trend we are seeing is an increased demand for smaller, well-designed floor plans,” said Kevin McShane, sales manager for the Fleetwood Homes plant in Oregon.

The tiny home term is used a lot, but we find that homes under 300 square feet are too small for most people. Floor plans with 500 to 1,000 square feet of living space are now about a third of our business and growing.”


MHProNews and MHLivingNews have covered the “tiny home” movement extensively, including the potential for big legal trouble for owners and a detailed side-by-side comparison with manufactured homes, highlighting function and value versus fashion.


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RC Williams, for Daily Business News, MHProNews.

Submitted by RC Williams to the Daily Business News for MHProNews.

Manufactured Housing Supports Washington State Parks

June 12th, 2013 Comments off

As tells MHProNews from Olympia, Wash., the Manufactured Housing Recreational Vehicle (MHRV) Show Association has donated a portion of its ticket sales from shows in Feb. and May, 2013 to Washington State Parks. A special presentation was held in Olympia when the association presented a check for $7,188 to Assistant Parks Director Mike Sternback. MHRV show director Dave Helgeson says, “Over 40 Washington State Parks are at risk of closure due to massive budget cuts so we felt we needed to help in some way.” The MHRV promotes the manufactured home and recreational vehicle industries in Washington.

(Photo credit:  mhvillage–Ranch Mobile Home Park)

PSE Offers Free Energy Upgrades to MH

February 4th, 2013 Comments off

The Olympian reports Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is offering free energy upgrades to residents of manufactured homes who have electric forced-air for their primary heat source in Thurston County, Wash., the Olympia area. With up to a $500 value per home, and four out of five manufactured homes with leaking HVAC systems, energy savings could be up to 30%. Procedures include sealing ductwork, installing energy-efficient shower heads and compact fluorescent light fixtures, and replacing air filters. PSE estimates there are 8,400 manufactured homes in the Thurston County area that may benefit from this service. As MHProNews reported April 5, 2012 and May 20, 2011, PSE has offered this service to MH residents the past two years as well.

(Photo credit: Horizon Land Co.)

Manufactured Home Owners Gather

September 19th, 2012 Comments off

napavalleyregister reports 80 people, representing a three county area just north of San Francisco, heard five speakers at the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owners League (GSMOL) address issues of rent control, recruitment, civil law and fair housing. Two attorneys who specialize in construction and property law discussed responsibilities landlords have to their tenants. They said if there is a problem that can be documented with a photograph, take pictures. A representative from State Sen. Lou Correa’s office who compiles information on rent control ordinances said there is no single state law governing rent control in manufactured home communities, so it must be done on a city-by-city basis. MHProNews has learned American Canyon, where the convention was held, last year passed a rent stabilization ordinance for the MHCs in town. The city’s lawsuit to prevent Napa Olympia Mobilelodge from converting from seniors only to unrestricted resulted in American Canyon paying $575,000 to Napa’s owners as settlement.

(Photo credit: Santee Patch—Santee, California)

Clayton Homes Receives Honor

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

TheOlympian in Olympia, Washington informs us that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has chosen Clayton Homes in Lacey, WA, just south of Seattle, as the West Retail Sales Center of the Year. The award is based on industry and community involvement, marketing materials, management philosophy, and retail center aesthetics. has learned Clayton Homes, based in Maryville, Tennessee, has over 1,000 home centers nationwide and is part of Berkshire Hathaway.

(Image credit: Clayton Homes)