Mobile Home Origin The ads are irritating, but the history is interesting. For example, 'mobile homes' are not called that because they can be moved from place to place.
History of Manufactured Housing Look under the ABOUT tab. From the site: "Did you know that the United States Congress even adopted the manufactured housing name to clearly illustrate that there is no comparison between yesterday's trailer and today's manufactured home." So, I'll someday change my tab name ...
The History of Mobile Homes Well, this article doesn't mind calling this invention 'mobile home' so maybe I'll stick with the tab name. And this site has some neat pictures, too.
The History of Mobile Homes An article by Mary Bellis about the invention of mobile homes. I don't know why I was surprised to find the gypsies traveled with their homes as far back as the 1500s--it makes perfect sense to me now!
History of Modular Homes and Buildings Modular buildings are essentially pre-fabricated buildings taken to a new and larger scale. The use of pre-fabrication goes back over a hundred years. It started gaining popularity very early in the 20th century. Sears Roebuck Co. sold over 500,000 pre-fabricated homes between 1910 and the 1940.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Modular Construction Steve Lander writes: Modular construction is the process of building a home or other building in a factory in small pieces for assembly on-site. Though similar in some ways to the methods used for manufactured homes, modular homes can be in various shapes and sizes. Instead of just being in two halves like a double-wide, they're built to fit together like puzzle pieces.
10 Tiny Houses You'll Love Big Time From the site: Deciding to live in a tiny house involves making some big lifestyle choices. You’ll need to be happy with minimal belongings (hoarders need not apply) and have maximum tolerance for intimacy if others will be sharing the space. And you’ll need to check your local laws to make sure you abide by building codes.
Buying a Mobile Home Vs. Renting an Apartment Dennis Hartman says, "Despite many differences, renting an apartment and buying a mobile home are very similar in the fact that both represent a way of taking advantage of affordable housing. Besides this economic connection, the two modes of living are very different with each one likely to appeal to a particular type of occupant."
Financial Benefits of Living in a Mobile or Manufactured Home Debra Karplus writes, among other points: Actually, mobile homes were built only until 1976. After 1976, these were called "manufactured homes," a different name because of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards that greatly raised the standards and requirements, improving the quality of these housing units.
Mobile Homes: Then and Now From Bob Vila's site, an article by Jane Dagmi, who notes: From their travel trailer beginnings, mobile homes have evolved into finely tuned—and in some cases rather luxurious—permanent, full-time abodes.
10 Advantages of Manufactured Homes An article by John Perritano, who says, "ittle do the residents of Ridgeway realize that a new era of manufactured homes has dawned. Today, most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a manufactured home and a site-built home. Manufactured homes now come with landscaped lawns and garages. Many are multi-story structures that have energy efficient heating and cooling systems and ENERGY STAR appliances,"
Tornado Myths See: Attraction to mobile homes and/or trailer parks. Contrary to myth, Tornadoes aren't attracted to mobile home parks; more people are killed there because "mobile homes are less able to withstand high winds than permanent structures. Winds which can demolish or roll a mobile home may only cause roof damage to a typical one- or two-family permanent residence."
Securely Anchor Your Mobile Home Speaking of hurricanes, this advice by Roger Roy comes from the Orlando Sentinel: "If you live in a mobile home, you probably already know the routine when a hurricane is headed your way: Pack up and head to safer quarters before the wind starts howling. But hurricane preparations for mobile-home owners should begin long before the storm is on its way, with a regular checkup of the home's crucial anchoring system."
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