Creating Profitable Manufactured Home Communities

With over 50 years of experience planning and designing manufactured home communities, we can assist you with every part of the development process.

"I always enjoy working with the Nadi Group. The courtesy and professionalism of the staff are outstanding. Don Westphal's knowledge and experience in the industry is unparalleled." - Paul Aslanian, Copia Equity Partners LLC
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Modern Manufactured Home Communities represent a turning point in the housing industry where affordability and liveability can exist without sacrificing quality. Even though critics have referred to these communities as 'trailer parks' and 'mobile home parks', today's manufactured houses are often built to equal or higher levels of construction fit and finish compared to conventional homes. In many cases Manufactured Home Communities are a critical and positive response to the affordable housing crisis that has impacted many North Americans.  

We expect that over the next decade and beyond, the planning, design and development of manufactured housing units and communities will experience significant growth. Enhanced community livability (and often maintenance-free communities) will add further value to manufactured housing communities, making them an affordable, beautiful and liveable option for everyone.  

What is a manufactured home?

Manufactured homes are built inside of a factory rather than on-site, making it a much more affordable housing option than traditionally built homes. According to the Manufactured Housing Institute, 22 million Americans live in manufactured homes with the average price of a new home costing $70,600. This reduced cost stems from efficiencies in the factory building process, including a controlled construction environment and assembly-line techniques, and the elimination of outside influences such as weather, theft, vandalism and material damages.  

Of course, merely because the home is built inside a factory does not mean it can’t withstand these elements. Many manufactured homes adhere to the U.S. federal HUD code, which regulates home design and construction, strength and durability, fire resistance and energy efficiency. In fact, the Manufactured Housing Institute states that manufactured homes are among the safest housing choices available today because of federal laws requiring smoke detectors, escape windows and limited combustible materials around furnaces, water heaters and kitchen ranges.

A manufactured home also possesses a reduced risk to the environment because it's built inside a factory, keeping harmful materials and toxins from contaminating the land. What's more, manufacturers also reduce material waste as they purchase supplies to fulfil the exact requirements of the homes.

What is a modular home?

Much a like a manufactured home, a modular home is also built inside of a factory rather than on-site. However, the difference between the two remains within the codes and regulations. A modular homes follow local, state and regional building codes required for on-site homes. Meanwhile, manufactured homes adhere to the U.S. federal HUD code.

What is a mobile home?

In present day, manufactured homes have replaced mobile homes in name as the latter refers to any manufactured home built prior to June 15, 1976.

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Why develop manufactured home communities?

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic and the shrinking affordable housing supply, manufactured homes offer people—everywhere—the ability to own their home. How? Well, people who live in many of these manufactured home communities don’t need to own the land but may opt to lease the land on which their home resides.

In the past, manufactured home communities went by another—more negative—term, trailer parks or mobile home parks. However, regardless of the moniker, the heart of these neighbourhoods is their community value. Manufactured home communities in North America possess many of the amenities (parks, clubhouses, ponds, playgrounds, etc.), of best practice neighbourhoods, making many of these communities almost indistinguishable from traditionally built ones.

Still, homeownership is one part of liveability—the other is the community. At Nadi Group, we work closely with land developers of manufactured home communities to ensure the design reflects holistic community values. Moreover, equitable design remains at the forefront of our approach, which includes walkability, accessibility and amenities—regardless of your age, gender and/or capabilities.

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Why should you hire Nadi Group to design your manufactured communities?

With over 50 years of experience in manufactured home site planning, we understand the importance of using sound land-use planning principles and cohesive, intentional design guidelines to create complete communities. Our goal is to design beautiful and memorable communities through innovative planning and design, reducing economic and environmental costs while enhancing community livability. We believe that now, more than ever, communities built around factory-built homes are at the forefront of future affordability and innovative housing solutions market.

Across the United States, Nadi Group has helped developers realize their manufactured communities and mobile home parks. With our extensive industry knowledge, we can assist with every part of the planning and design process, including localized research, detailed site analysis, preliminary site planning, sketch master planning, re-zoning assistance, detailed amenity design, construction documentation and even on-site construction monitoring.

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"Don Westphal is a mentor of mine. He taught the value of design over density, that taking advantage of topographical features to achieve greater value with less density most often exceeding proforma returns." - Dominic Moceri, The Moceri Company
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