Once you’ve made the decision to invest in a manufactured home, the next step is to choose a floor plan that will fit the needs and wants of your lifestyle. From the size and shape of your manufactured home, to where the rooms will be located, the right floor plan can affect how you experience your home.
The question we see many manufactured home buyers ask is, “How do we select the best floor plan for us?”. We have compiled several tips to help you choose the right floor plan for your new home.
Selecting a Manufactured Home Floor Plan
Invest in a Size That Works with Your Needs
A manufactured home can range in size from a ‘tiny home’ to a remarkably spacious home, and regardless of you and your family’s size, there’s a perfectly sized manufactured home out there for you. Do you want a cozy cottage for two, a home for your growing family, or a castle fit for a king?
Start by assessing the bedroom necessities — taking into consideration how many bedrooms are essential for family members, if you will need extra space for guests, or if you are comfortable with only one bedroom. From there, consider the kitchen. Will you need a large space equipped for cooking family-size meals? As already mentioned, manufactured home floor plans come in a wide variety of sizes (the most popular options range from 1,400 to 2,000 square feet and from two to four bedrooms).
Be Sure to Budget
While contemplating the size constraints of your manufactured home, also consider what you can and cannot afford. One huge benefit of buying a manufactured home is that these homes are much more affordable than site-built homes — but prices can escalate quickly when you start tacking on added amenities and extra space. The key here is to aim for a balance of comfortability and budget.
Determine Layout Before Finish
We suggest taking advantage of touring model manufactured homes before making any final floor plan choices. At AMHA, we provide a directory of manufactured home retailers and communities — many (if not all) of which are equipped to exposing you to model properties before requiring you to make a decision.
Realize, though, that you will most likely be touring a completely furnished property. Ensure you are basing your decision on how the home flows and might function for your daily activities, layout wise. We suggest doing your best to imagine the home in a “stripped down” state.