is a type of building that consists of several factory-built
units that are assembled on-site to complete the unit.
The term 'prefabricated' may refer to buildings built in modules (modular
homes) or transportable sections (manufactured homes), and may also be
used to refer to mobile homes. Although similar in nature, the methods and
design of the three can vary wildly. There are two-level home plans, as
well as custom home plans.
Modular homes are homes that are created in sections, and then transported
to the home site for construction and installation. These are typically
installed and treated like a regular house, for both financing and
construction purposes, and are usually the most expensive of the three.
Although the sections of the house are prefabricated, the sections, or
modules, are put together at the construction much like a typical home.
Manufactured homes refer to homes that are built onto steel beams, and are
transported in complete sections to the home site, where they are
Mobile homes are, quite simply, mobile homes; that is, homes built on
wheels, that are able to be moved from place to place.
Mobile homes and manufactured homes can be placed in mobile home parks,
and manufactured homes can also be placed on private land, providing the
land is appropriately zoned for manufactured homes.