If you’re thinking about moving into a residential park home, you’ve likely wondered exactly how they’re made and whether they really are fit for full time accommodation all year round.
We often get asked about how our residential park homes are built, with many people assuming that they’re constructed in the same way as holiday homes. This simply isn’t true.
To give you a better insight into how park homes are built, we have put together this handy guide so you know exactly what you’re getting when you move into one of our homes.
Park Home Building Regulations
The first thing to note is that just like any other type of accommodation, park homes are built in line with existing legislature. In the case of parks homes this is BS3632. It was first drafted in 1963 and was revised in 2005 and again in 2015 in line with technological advancement and an improvement in living standards across Britain. This is not the same as BSEN1647 which applies to majority of the holiday homes.
BS3632 stipulates that all mobile homes intended for residential use must be built with:
Double glazed windows and doors
Hot water thermostatic control
Added insulation within the floors, roof, and walls
Appliances such as fridges and cookers that are A rated
Central heating throughout
The addition of alternative and/or renewable energy sources for power
These regulations are what you’d expect from a traditional house constructed from bricks and mortar. This is because, whilst park homes qualify as mobile homes and can be moved in one or two parts, they are homes nonetheless. Residents should, in theory, notice no drop in the standard of living when they move from a traditional home into a park home. In fact, the only real noticeable difference should be in the size.
Bungalows and park homes are often compared, and whilst they do share a number of similarities, the main difference is that park homes are restricted in size. They cannot exceed:
65 feet (20 metres) in length – Allens’ allow max 50x22 on our Parks
22 feet (6.8 metres) in width
10 feet (3.05 metres) in height (internally)
Don’t worry though, our park homes are expertly designed to make the most out of the available space, with clever storage and innovative layouts ensuring our homes feel light, airy, and spacious.
Now we’re clear on building regulations, let’s talk about the actual build. Park homes are constructed offsite rather than onsite. What this means is that when a traditional house is built, it’s built on the spot, but with a park home, it’s built offsite (at Manufacturer’s factory) and then transported to its intended park position.
Sturdy Frame Construction
It’s a common misconception that park homes are neither rigid nor well built, but this simply isn’t true. Whilst they can be moved in either one or two pieces, they are incredibly durable and can enjoy a lifespan upwards of 80 years with the right care and maintenance. This is because they are built to an exceptional standard from the core. The timber frame of a park home is mounted onto a steel chassis to ensure it can withstand being moved (although most homes are not moved once they’re sited).
Internal Wall Structures
Once the frame is in place, it’s time to install the walls. They are typically made using plasterboard walls. These are exactly the same as plasterboard walls in a traditional house, and under BS3632, they are constructed to include additional insulation and to be soundproof. This stops noise from travelling and makes for a warmer, more energy efficient home.
Many of our new homes are capable of having things mounted onto them, including TVs, shelves, and more. There’s no risk of damaging the walls, so you are free to decorate your home in the same way you’d be able to in a brick house.
Flooring is then added, with linoleum being a popular choice in the kitchen and bathrooms, and carpet in the living room and bedrooms for an extra cosy feel.
Fixtures and Fittings
The final step before furnishing a park home is to install fixtures and fittings. You might be thinking about fixed sofas and beds like in holiday caravans decades ago, but this isn’t the case anymore. Homeowners have the option of buying a furnished or unfurnished home, but most furniture is loose, such as the sofa and coffee table.
Modern homes are built with bespoke kitchens that feature high-end integrated appliances. This includes a fridge and freezer, oven, sink, washing machine and dishwasher in some cases. On top of this, most new park homes also have full size baths and walk-in showers. This means they’re built with everything you need to move right in!
Find Out More
Thinking about buying a park home and want to learn more about how they’re built and what you can expect? Perhaps you want to arrange a viewing to see just how high spec they really are? If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.