Transportable homes are homes that have been built in a factory setting as opposed to having been built on site. They are typically constructed from vinyl, gyprock, steel, wood, and other materials that won’t be damaged in the moving process. Unlike site-built homes, these factory homes do not contain concrete or brick materials.
Not to be confused with mobile-type homes, transportable homes are permanent once connected to utilities. The portable versions of these homes are referred to as relocatable homes. These are suited for manufactured home parks where owners lease the land but own their houses.
Transportable homes in Perth are often referred to by a number of different names, depending on their intended use and what builder you talk to. Prefabricated homes, relocatable homes, modular homes, and factory-built homes are some other popular terms. In the USA, these homes are commonly referred to as single- or double-wide trailers, depending if they are transported in one or two sections.
How Do Transportable Homes Compare to Site-Built Homes?
The advantages of transportable or factory-built homes over site-built homes are primarily the time and cost of construction. Other added benefits include being environmentally friendly and the ability to be transported to towns with labour shortages.
The main disadvantages of factory-built homes compared to site-built homes are their limited design components and the difficulty in financing. However, in the last 10 years, factory home technology has moved towards more complex and personalised architecture and designs. It has become more common to see luxury-style homes constructed in a factory setting.
Where Are Transportable Homes Used?
Transportable housing has gained popularity faster in rural areas than their city counterparts. This is in part due to the fact that transportable homes would not blend well in a city’s suburbs. However, it can primarily be attributed to the fact that they are fast and inexpensive to manufacture.
In the last five years alone, there has been a significant spike in the demand for housing in rural areas, thanks to the boom in mining. As people rush to the countryside and housing developments are low in supply, developers have moved to capitalise on the growing demand.
How Long Do Transportable Homes Take to Build?
Transportable home builders range in size from small family-owned companies to large corporations on the stock exchange. All builders must have licences and comply fully with the Home Warranty Insurance (HWI) or similar legislation. The time that it takes to build a transportable home will vary greatly depending on the company that you choose as well as the size and style of your home. The manufacture of your transportable home can last anywhere from one to three months and maybe even longer for luxury homes.