Many people in South Africa find themselves unable to afford homeownership in an increasingly competitive real estate market.
Buying a standard house could far exceed what your income or budget allows. That may leave you feeling like renting into perpetuity is your only option. However, manufactured homes (aka “prefab homes”) actually present a reasonable and affordable alternative.
Instead of writing off manufactured homes as unrealistic or poorly made, it may be time to revisit the idea of manufactured housing as an affordable solution. Improvements in materials and construction techniques mean that modern manufactured homes retain value better than older mobile homes and offer many of the same amenities you would find in a stick-built house.
Finally, modern owners can turn manufactured houses into the home they have always imagined.
The Inside Doesn’t Need to Look Manufactured
Housing and design trends change every year. Wallpaper, once written off as the scourge of designers everywhere, has recently come back into vogue in certain applications. Colour trends change too. Bright, prime colours dominated for years, but now complex neutral colours are currently the hot ticket colour for most spaces.
Focusing too much on momentary trends when designing the interior of a manufactured home would be a mistake. Instead, you should invest in projects that create a timeless space that looks like a stick-built home instead of a mobile home.
Current trends when investing in manufactured homes include installing drywall in the place of paneling and inexpensive ceiling solutions, as well as the installation of other modern amenities, such as double pane windows and upgraded appliances. While you are at it, you may also want to invest in improved insulation, which can reduce heating and cooling costs in a manufactured home.
Beyond the basics of livability, your manufactured home can be whatever you want it to be. Whether your dream home has wall-to-wall carpet or hardwood floors, you can install them in a manufactured home just like you could in a stick-built home.
Get Creative With Composites and Fresh Layout Ideas
Creative layouts and composite designs are one of the hottest trends in manufactured housing right now. Who says you are limited to a single unit? You can build your own uniquely designed home by integrating several manufactured housing pieces into one larger unit.
One of the more creative solutions that recently went viral on social media involved two smaller houses joined by a tall sun-room section in the middle. Even if you don’t want to attach multiple units, you can always build on to the outside of a manufactured home.
Porches, decks, and other add-ons can increase the amount of livable space you have by making your outdoor space more inviting for inhabitants and guests.
Thanks to advances in manufactured home designs, the appearance and longevity of manufactured homes are both on the rise. For those wanting to transition from renters to homeowners in the competitive South African real estate market, manufactured housing may offer an affordable solution that allows for infinite possibilities when it comes to customisation.