The differences can affect a manufactured log homes price and its resale value, and even dictate whether or not it can be built on your land.
What Are Site Built Log Cabin Homes?
** They are log homes constructed entirely at the building site.
** They conform to all state, local or regional codes where the house is located.
** Often called 'stick-built' houses.
** Well-built, cared for site-built log homes generally increases in value over time, although its location plays a key role in value.
What Are Modular Log Homes
** Modular log cabin homes are built to conform to all state, local or regional building codes at their destinations.
** Sections are transported to the building site on truck beds, then joined together by local contractors.
** Local building inspectors check to make sure a modular home's structure meets requirements and that all finish work is done properly.
**Log cabin modular homes are sometimes less expensive per square foot than site built houses.
** Well-built log cabin modular homes should have the same longevity as its site-built counterpart, increasing in value over time.
What Are Manufactured Log Cabin Homes?
** Formerly referred to as mobile log homes, but with many more style options than in the past.
** Log manufactured homes are built in a factory.
** They conform to a Federal building code, called the HUD code, rather than to building codes at their destinations.
** A manufactured log home is built on a non-removable steel chassis.
** Sections are transported to the building site on their own wheels.
** Multi-part manufactured home units are joined at their destination.
** Segments are not always placed on a permanent foundation, making them more difficult to re-finance.
** Building inspectors check the work done locally (electric hook up, etc.) but are not required to approve the structure.
** Manufactured log homes is generally less expensive than site built and modular log cabin homes
** Log manufactured homes sometimes decrease in value over time.
What Do the Differences Mean to You?
** Restrictive Covenants and Deed Restrictions.
** Communities generally have no restrictions against traditional, site built homes.
Many housing developments do set minimum size requirements and stipulate you must build a log home that conforms to published restrictions or be approved by an architectural review committee.
** Most developments allow modular log homes. Some do not, but in those cases the restrictions seem to have been imposed because of an ongoing confusion about the differences between modular homes and manufactured homes.
** Restrictive covenants and deed restrictions often exclude manufactured log homes.
Investigate the deed restrictions thoroughly before purchasing land for any type of new home.