Saturday, May 29, 2021

Clayton's CrossMod Manufactured Homes Quietly Moving Into Residential Neighborhoods

It was only two years ago that several manufactured home companies announced plans to introduce a new line of homes built to the Federal HUD building codes that could fit nicely into R1, Low Density, neighborhoods.

While the modular housing industry, whose homes are built to IRC standards, was gearing up to address this invasion of HUD Cross Mods into neighborhoods that had zoned HUD single and double-wide manufactured homes unacceptable in R1 areas, COVID-19 hit and all thoughts of Cross Mods was simply forgotten.

They still aren't on the radar for the modular housing industry as everyone is now facing rising costs, shortage of materials, labor, and transportation costs and even the thought of having to worry about a HUD product replacing IRC homes for new home buyers is the last thing anyone in our industry is worried about.

Clayton Homes however haven't put them on the back burner because of COVID-19. Instead, they have been quietly building neighborhoods of Clayton CrossMods. 

The latest development was reported by the Bingham News Chronicle about a rezoning Clayton from Residential Agriculture to low-density Residential in Blackfoot, Idaho so that in the future they can develop the ground with homes. CMH Inc. is known for its modular homes and will be using its skills in building modular homes to create a new style of home known as a cross-mod home.

Although still factory-built, for the most part, the cross-mod home is placed on-site with a two-car garage and meets all of the requirements of the traditional “stick-built” homes, and will be placed on permanent foundations.

It looks like manufactured Cross Mods are once again going to be a topic of discussion within the modular housing industry.

Gary Fleisher is the Managing Director and contributor to the Modcoach Network and its affiliated blogs.

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  1. Coach - The evolution of HUD-code homes has been a long time coming, but should be welcomed by the entire industry as a viable solution for attainable housing. Will this pose a threat to the modular home industry? I don't see how, as these are designed to fill the overwhelming need for attractive affordable homes. Rather, the opportunity for modular builders to expand to gain market share from site-built homes is huge; site-built has always been our biggest competition. I see the proliferation of stylish, affordable manufactured homes as a much-needed and welcomed advancement that builders and developers should carefully consider... And no threat at all to Mod.

  2. Coach, they are still certified as “manufactured homes”. They are not “modular”.