According to the latest manufactured housing trends, design and function are still at the top of the list.
Architectural style, color schemes, floor plans and attractive appliance packages remain as top priorities for most mobile home and manufactured housing buyers. With the typical smaller footprint of mobile homes, the design function and layouts can be a little more challenging than a larger home.
Even though some of the mobile homes have smaller square footage, manufacturers are dedicating more time and effort to providing better storage solutions and better ergonomics in the space that is provided. The extra space can be seen in things like built-in medicine cabinets, added pantry spaces and capitalizing on the little extra nooks for better use.
Naturally there remains pricing pressure on all fronts. With new regulations, comes additional costs. Some regulations can be beneficial such as having adequate cross bracing in a structure, while a number of diminutions improvements are adding substantial cost to home owners. We all hear about the need to support affordable housing, but very few seem to be asking why individuals cant pick out there own light bulbs or water fixtures anymore.
After all, most homes are connected to a electric and water meter. If the electric bill gets a little to expensive, individuals sooner or later will figure out that they can just shut the switch off and/or put in higher or lower wattage bulbs in “their” home to meet their individual tasks and needs.
So while the trends are changing, being able to select a home with the fixtures and functions you desire may be a thing of the past. And this lack of free market freedom is driving up the cost of all housing, from Mobile Homes to Multi-Million dollar mansions.