Frequently Asked Questions
- General Inquiries
- What is a Park Model?
A Park Model falls under a building code CSA Z241, this building code is the national building standard that must be met by all manufacturers producing Park Models. The CSA Z241 Park Model Code is designed for the Recreational use category, where you may occupy the Park Model in each season of the year, but not consistently as your primary resident. Alternate building codes have been designed and established within the CSA regulatory body for full time living or anything larger than 538 Sq ft.
A Park Model can be 538 Sq. ft. or less. There are two common footprint sizes or floor plan dimensions which are 12’ X 44’ or 14’ X 39’, with the addition of bays and bump outs which are included within the sq. footage and overall width for transportation. Bays do shorten the Park Model home to stay at 538 Sq. ft. MAX. Park Models that fall legally under the required building restrictions will carry a CSA/Intertek sticker and product number. To build larger than the 538 SQ ft. or CSA Z241 code, different building code and licensing must be met.
Park Models can be built at multiple different levels of quality, Paneling and wall thickness can be one sign of how quality and inferior units are usually built. Park Models will generally be found with siding, house wrap, 7/16 OSB sheathing with 2X6 studded walls holding an R20 Insulation rating, interior vapor barrier, ½ inch drywall and dual pane low E vinyl windows. Many Park Models do not fall under this level of efficiency, as you may know these small hidden qualities create a longer lasting energy saving, comfy, cozy recreational escape and in most cases, these qualities can be found in select Manufacturers without adding overall additional cost to the product. CSA Z241 Code is designed to accommodate any month of the year, if built by a reputable and knowledgeable Park Model provider, sales staff will help with the understanding behind the drastic difference between a quality built recreational escape vs, optional standards that exist behind many suppliers.
- What is a Lake Home?
A Lake home is in fact a Manufactured Home, just a small one! Lake homes are essentially a JUMBO Park Model, falling under the Manufactured Home building codes, to a specific size of 14’ X 44’ long with the addition of bays on the front and rear of the home. Similar to the style of a Park Model, a Lake Home can be an extremely attractive, energy efficient and livable, truly 12 months out of the year. Built under the national Manufactured Home CSA building codes CSA Z240 and CSA A277 these 14’ X 44’ Lake Homes specially come with permanent axles and wheels with a removable hitch, allowing these to be accommodated within most municipalities’/Counties and fitting into recreational parks, both seasonal and year round accommodations.
- What is a Manufactured Home?
Manufactured Homes formerly referred to as mobile homes, have come a long, long way from the old style counterparts. In fact, in many ways these homes are built much stronger and to better standards than typical site built homes, being completely finished within a quality and environment controlled factory setting. All Manufactured Homes are built to National Building Codes, and are tested, licensed and controlled under CSA Z240 and A277 building standards. Manufactured Homes are generally built in one piece with a permanent metal frame. Manufactured Homes are less expensive with the understanding that the structure is built to fit a metal frame and often built with paneling, vinyl covered drywall and 2X3 interior walls VS. 2X4 interior walls. Homes with metal frames are often blocked and built in the typical “Mobile Home” shape gaining square footage by adding length.
- What is an RTM, aka “Ready to Move?”
Ready to Move Homes are similar to site built homes and are often built in a production yard. RTM’s are only cost efficient if built to smaller specifications within the restrictions of highway requirements. A home designed Ready To Move will usually be built to a maximum height of 17.5’ allowing generally for a maximum of a 1.5 story without adding huge additional electrical costs. This 17.5’ high restriction will only allow for 7’ ceilings within the rooms on the main floor of the homes, when standards should be 8’ and even up to 9’.Hidden costs and broken time frames are the average reality when purchasing an RTM. RTM’s may have huge transportation bills with hidden costs in the lifting of power lines, commonly resulting in tens of thousands of dollars in wasted commonly unforeseen costs. Time frames may commonly be broken due to special permits required to move such large assembled pieces. This also results in longer potential wait times caused by road bans, time of day, no lifting of power lines due to rain and electrical strikes, and having qualified staff to do both transportation and fully install a home. It’s important to understand an RTM. These Ready to Move homes can very likely cost and take the same time as a conventional site built home without the benefit of a controlled environment. They can also add to time lines due to weather and local trades
- What is – Expert Engineered Homes?( Custom Cottages)
Expert Engineered Home: We take the BEST out of all Transportable Homes.
- Mobile Home and Manufacture Home – Benefits of this Style of Home
- Indoor facilities that are building out of the harsh weather with strict quality control and Engineering.
- Designed to be easily transportable by Semi through most areas of the Country
- Modular Home and System Built Home – Benefits of this style of home:
- Built like a HOUSE, with true house framing and finishings’.
- Designated to be placed on a permanent foundation and capable of perimeter support like foundation walls
- (RTM) Ready to Move Home – Benefits of this style of home:
- Built like a HOUSE similar to a Modular Home.
- Capability of strong architectural appeal.
Benefits of the “Expert Engineered Homes”
- Built indoors in quality controlled settings
- Designed to be easily transportable and pushed to the MAX
- Built like a HOUSE in every way, just Engineered Way, Way Better.
- Designed for Perimeter support for Permanent Foundations, Either Screw Piles or Concrete Basements.
- Designed by Professionals to encompass True HOUSE quality designs, flow and interior appeal.
- Built as a standard with STRONG Architectural Features for Beautiful Curb appeal in every structure…no boxes here.
Experts Engineered Homes, takes the need of Home builders that are not available or not in control totally out of the picture, and without settling for the typical manufactured Homes, Expert can offer you a HOUSE that is better than anything you ever expected. Customized floor plans, with unbelievable and beautiful interior and exterior finishing’s that allow you to plan your entire home. Stay in control, through a company that will complete the planning with you, with complete delivery, set-up and professional permitted hook-ups and permanent foundation.
- Mobile Home and Manufacture Home – Benefits of this Style of Home
- Are there differences in the time required to build a Expert Engineered Home Versus a Site Built Home?
Yes, there are significant differences. Expert Engineered Homes are construction much faster. The typical “Stick Framed” Home usually takes up to a year 10-14 months, and this is with a well-organized General Contractor, and dependable trades. Expert Engineered Homes usually including customization planning can fall within 12-16 weeks only, complete and livable. All trades required to build an Expert Engineered Home are employed at a controlled factory setting, being indoors allows us to control the elements, no scheduling of tradesman, or setbacks from weather, or difficulties in convincing trades to work that far from home. Many different tasks can be going on simultaneously in the factory, and some of the site work, like Screw Pile Installation or excavation and the pouring of the foundation, can be ongoing while the factories build the Expert Engineered Home. Compare this to the site built home where most tasks must be done sequentially; Experts Engineered Homes within a few days of landing to site will be complete.
- Are there differences in the permit requirements between Site built and Expert Engineered Homes?
No, there are no differences, an Expert Engineered Home must conform or comply with the local building requirements of where the home will be placed, no different than any Home.
- Is it true that Expert Engineered Homes are difficult to finance and insure?
No, it is not true. At some point in the past it may have been more difficult, probably due to the confusion between mobile homes, manufactured homes, modular homes and Expert Engineered Homes. Clearly this is no longer the case.
- Are there differences in energy costs between a Expert Engineered Home VS. Site Built or even Manufactured Homes
Expert Engineered Homes are designed to a higher rating then all stick framed homes on a consistent site build setting. With Building any home with these controlled settings, you are likely to actually receive what code dictates as factory settings are held extremely liable and hold a strong code of ethics to the industry to steadily be better, VS. a builder that may be rushed, or behind or stuck in a snow storm that week. Expert Engineered Homes offer the capability of triple pane windows and Energy Star Ratings if desired.
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- What is a Park Model?
A Park Model falls under a building code CSA Z241, this building code is the national building standard that must be met by all manufacturers producing Park Models. A Park Model can be 538 Sq. ft., or less. Two common footprint sizes or floor plan dimensions are 12’ X 44’ or 14’ X 39’, addition of bays and bump outs are included within the sq. footage and overall width for transportation, and in turn bays do shorten the Park Model home to stay at 538 Sq. ft. MAX. Park Models that fall legally under the required building restrictions will carry a CSA/Intertek sticker and product number. To build larger than the 538 SQ ft. or CSA Z241 code, different building code and licensing must be met.
Park Models can be built as 3 season or 4 season units; 3 season units are usually built to the bare minimum building code that will pass, 4 season units drastically vary to the overall level of efficiency. Quality 4 season Park Models will generally be found with siding, house wrap, 7/16 OSB sheathing with 2X6 studded walls holding an R19-R20 Insulation rating, interior vapor barrier, ½ inch drywall and dual pane low E vinyl windows. Many Park Models do not fall under this level of efficiency, as you may know these small hidden qualities create a longer lasting energy saving, comfy, cozy dwelling and in most cases, these qualities can be found in select Manufacturers without adding overall additional cost to the product. CSA Z241 Code is designed to accommodate 3 season use, though the construction of a few Park Model Manufacturers can be truly used within winter months, as a warm and cozy winter designed getaway.