What is a CrossMod™ Home?

The affordable housing shortage has increased demand and driven up home prices and rental rates. Manufactured homes provide a solution as they cost less and are quicker to build than on-site homes. A new category of manufactured homes, called Crossover Modern Homes (CrossMod), offers a high-end, energy-efficient yet affordable factory-built housing alternative. 

Champion®-designed CrossMod homes combine the best of on-site and off-site built housing, complying with state and local building standards. They offer amenities typically found in site-built homes, such as garages, carports, pitched roofs, and energy-efficient features. 

CrossMod homes (like the one pictured above) have gained popularity in recent years due to the many advantages they offer over conventional manufactured homes.

Here are some additional benefits of CrossMod homes: 

  • Increased property value: Because CrossMod homes are classified as real property and have many features similar to traditional site-built homes, they are expected to appreciate in value at a similar rate. This makes them a wise investment for those looking to build equity over time. 
  • Financing: CrossMods are available for mortgage loan financing with favorable interest rates and 30-year terms through programs like Fannie Mae MH Advantage™ and Freddie Mac CHOICEHome®.   
  • Energy efficiency: CrossMod homes are built using the latest technology and energy-efficient materials, resulting in lower utility bills and a smaller carbon footprint. 
  • Durability: CrossMod homes are built to withstand harsh weather conditions and are designed to last for many years. They are also less susceptible to damage from pests and other environmental hazards. 
  • Affordability: CrossMod homes are more affordable than traditional site-built homes, making them an attractive option for first-time homebuyers and those looking to downsize. 
  • Location flexibility: CrossMod homes can be placed on a variety of different lots, including urban, suburban, and rural settings. This gives homeowners more options when it comes to choosing a location for their home. 

CrossMod homes are a cost-effective and long-lasting option for first-time home buyers and those looking to downsize. With exterior features that resemble traditional site-built homes, they can be placed in almost any community, including those that have had limited factory-built housing in the past. By offering the opportunity to build equity and wealth, they provide an accessible path to homeownership. 

CrossMod homes are classified as real property, affixed to permanent foundations, and have a higher resale value than other types of manufactured homes. They offer cost savings compared to traditional homes, making them an attractive option for homebuyers. CrossMod homes provide manufacturers with a chance to enter new markets and help more Americans achieve homeownership. They are customizable, affordable, and an excellent choice for anyone in the market for a new home. 

The Impact of Severe Weather on Manufactured Housing

There are many “fun” parts of choosing to build a home with Champion® Homes. There’s seeing all the great homes we post on Facebook and Instagram. There’s the act of browsing the site to find your dream home near where you plan to build. There’s the conversations you’ll have with your local retailer about details such as the number of bedrooms and floorplan. There’s even the process of actually setting your home, which many people find intriguing.  

Other parts of choosing Champion for your new home take on a much more serious note. One of those? Making sure your Champion Home can withstand high winds. Knowing whether or not your modern manufactured or modular home can withstand extreme weather conditions is very important! That’s why we’ve gone through the trouble of looking into the matter, so you don’t have to. Manufactured homes are built to establish a structural load path using design forces equivalent to site-built housing codes. Interested? Keep reading!

First things first, let’s make sure you have the right kind of home in mind when you hear “manufactured.” The truth is, today’s prefab homes still suffer from the stigma of “mobile homes” and “trailers.” But what many may not know is that on June 15, 1976, the U.S. Congress passed legislation to establish a federal building code for mobile homes. We talk more about the strict codes and regulations to which our homes are built in our “What Is a Manufactured Home?” blog, which you can read HERE. Simply put: A “mobile home” and a “manufactured home” are not one-in-the-same. According to ManufacturedHomes.com, there have been zero mobiles built in over four decades! 

NOTE: Read the blog ‘Not Your Trailer Home Anymore: Meet the New Prefab Homes of Today’ HERE

Our factory-built homes are compliant with the strict construction and safety standards of the Federal HUD code, and when completed to Champion standards can be virtually indistinguishable from the site-built alternative. In many ways, thanks to our stringent quality control procedures and inspection requirements, our homes can be a better purchase than site-built homes. You can read more about our Quality Control practices in the blog HERE

Federal construction codes require our manufactured homes to be built using high-quality, standardized building materials… the same materials used in conventional homes. Also, modern Champion manufactured and modular homes comply with the most up-to-date construction requirements for wind safety, snow loads, and regional seismic loading. According to The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, the damage sustained by manufactured homes during high winds typically comes from adjacent structures and not from failed components in the home itself. 

And we can’t forget important details like tie-downs. Tie-downs are systems of heavy-duty metal hardware and anchors designed to stabilize manufactured homes during high winds. View a photo below.

So, what does it all mean? 

If a factory-built home is set up right and tied down properly, you might be surprised at how well it performs in extreme weather and high winds. Any home, whether site-built or factory-built, can be damaged from hurricanes and tornadoes, but when you’re looking to compare? Champion Homes stands strong. Ready to build your dream home? Click here to contact an independent local retailer

Champion Homes: Offsite Construction is the Perfect Solution for Building Homes in Texas 

We had the honor of being featured on Redfin’s Blog, where you can find some of the best homeownership tips and tricks. In this particular blog focused on building, buying and owning a home in Texas, you can learn some great insights. 

Tips for Building Your Dream Home in Texas 

“Offsite construction is an ideal solution for building homes in Texas,” states home builders Champion® Homes. “Constructing houses in a controlled factory environment shields materials and labor from extreme weather conditions. Select materials suitable for the region, such as engineered wood siding, to withstand Texas’ harsh heat and sunlight.” 

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The TE3264R – available in Texas!

Here are some additional benefits of building homes through offsite construction, particularly in Texas: 

  • Faster construction time: Offsite construction allows for faster completion times as the building process is not subject to weather delays or other on-site complications. This is particularly important in regions like Texas where weather conditions can be unpredictable and extreme. 
  • Improved quality control: Building homes in a controlled factory environment allows for better quality control as the construction process is standardized and closely monitored. This reduces the likelihood of errors or defects in the final product. 
  • Sustainability: Many offsite construction methods incorporate sustainable practices, such as the use of recycled materials and energy-efficient building techniques. This can result in a more environmentally friendly final product. 

If you’re considering buying a home in Texas, it’s worth exploring the benefits of choosing a manufactured or modular home. Here are some reasons why: 

  • More space for your money: As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas. By choosing a factory-built home, you can take advantage of the lower cost-per-square-foot and get more space for your money. This is especially true if you have a lot of land and want a larger home to accommodate your lifestyle. 
  • Design options: Don’t be fooled into thinking that factory-built homes are cookie-cutter designs with no room for personalization. In fact, many of our manufacturing facilities and retailers offer a variety of floor plans and design options to suit your needs and style preferences. You can choose from a range of finishes, fixtures, and features to make your home truly your own. Click here to personalize your own Texas home with a price estimate! 
  • Quality construction: One of the biggest misconceptions about factory-built homes is that they are of lower quality than site-built homes. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many manufacturers use advanced construction methods and materials to ensure that their homes are durable, energy-efficient, and built to last. 

Overall, choosing a manufactured or modular home in Texas can be a smart choice for those who want more space, design flexibility, quality construction, and faster move-in times. Ready to find the perfect home for you, near you? Click here to reach out to an independent retailer!  

7 Fascinating Things We Captured at One of Our Factories! 

Step into the fascinating world of factory-built homes as we take you on a visual journey through our manufacturing facility in Sugarcreek, OH. Get a glimpse into the process behind our prefab homes, resulting in high-quality finished manufactured and modular homes. 

From the assembly line to the finishing touches, each photo captures a different stage of production, highlighting the attention to detail that goes into every step. Explore how our factory-built homes come to life with efficiency and craftsmanship, ensuring durable structures that exceed industry standards. 

1. Vast Factory

This photo provides a sneak peek of our vast factories, with several homes being built in a row. It’s easy to see the unique development stages of each home – from the flooring to the walls and the roof – all in one shot.

2. Handy Dandy Tools

To enhance our inventory management, our employees use HOLTEC saws to cut lumber. These saws are designed to cut through an entire unit of lumber rapidly and accurately, saving us time and reducing waste. In this photo, an employee is currently using a HOLTEC saw to cut lumber. 

3. Awe-Inspiring Welding

In the construction of manufactured homes, the chassis is essentially the foundation of the structure; composed of primary steel beams, cross members, axles, leaf springs, and wheels that make up the running gear. Additionally, a steel hitch assembly is included, but it is typically removed for aesthetic purposes. When welding the frame or chassis, it is important to keep these elements in mind.

4. Moving Walls n’ Things

Watch as this team member places a wall onto the floor of a home using a jig to move entire wall sections into place. This not only looks cool, but it’s also incredibly efficient!

5. Taking Care of Business

Our factories employ teams of skilled tradespeople who specialize in a wide range of tasks. In this photo, our electrician installs a wall panel box. 

6. Roll-Out

HONK HONK! The single-section home is complete and ready to leave the manufacturing facility. The next step is to have a tractor pull it out of the factory, followed by a mobile home hauler hooking it up and towing it to the final destination.

7. Go Team!

At Champion® Homes, we take immense pride in our team members, and if you watched us on Lifetime TV’s Military Makeover, you already know this! Our amazing staff is the backbone of our success, and we are grateful for their hard work and dedication. Go Team!

Whether you are an aspiring homeowner or simply curious about the inner workings of prefab housing, we hope you learned something about what can be achieved through advanced manufacturing techniques. Ready to see some finished homes available near you? Use our home search tool here

WATCH! Chance’s Home World Tours Our Triple-Section Home

Factory-built homes are really taking off in the social media world. We’re not surprised! The thing is, prefab homes have growing advantages over site-built homes, including price, attainability and more! If you’re tapped into the factory-built home trend on YouTube, you likely know and have watched a video or two by Chance’s Home World.

Chance’s channel is known for it’s down-to-earth home tours with real facts, real opinions and real variety! We are excited to announce that Chance has toured a number of our homes on his channel, one of which we’re featuring today!

In this video, Chance gives a thorough tour of our American Freedom 4074HD! Built in our Chandler, AZ manufacturing facility, this stunning home features 2,617 Square Feet, 2 porches, and…well, watch the video to see for yourself!

Here are some of people’s thoughts from the comments:

Check out some of the comments this model received on Chance's Home World!

Watch the video above or by clicking here! Looking for something more entry level? Check out a model of ours on Chance’s second channel, Collier’s Home World!

The THS1448AV 

Welcome back to another Featured Homes blog! As today’s home shoppers and their developing needs continue to innovate the homebuilding industry, we at Champion® are focusing on staying on top of trends while continuing to create homes that exceed expectations.   

Introducing the THS1448AV – a remarkable manufactured tiny home that offers a perfect blend of style, functionality, and affordability. With 640 square feet (about twice the area of a parking space) of living space, this single-section home is designed to provide comfortable and convenient living for individuals or couples seeking a cozy retreat or an affordable vacation home.

As you step onto the 8-foot porch entrance, you’ll immediately notice the abundance of natural light flooding through the large windows, creating an inviting and airy ambiance. The THS1448AV boasts a chic exterior that stands out with its trendy appeal.

Inside, the rustic kitchen is equipped with high-quality Whirlpool® appliances, ensuring that every meal preparation is both efficient and enjoyable. The living room features an entertainment center, so you can relax and unwind with your favorite shows and tunes after a long day. 

The spacious bedroom comes complete with a closet that provides ample space for your belongings. Additionally, this tiny home includes a washer and dryer for added convenience. The bathroom showcases a tile shower for a touch of luxury. 

Whether you’re looking to downsize or seeking an affordable vacation getaway, this tiny house offers everything you need in one compact package. Built in our Mansfield, TX manufacturing facility, this great home combines style with practicality. Experience the joy of factory-built living at its finest with the THS1448AV!  

Ready to find the Champion-built tiny home for you? Reach out to an independent local retailer today! 

QUIZ: Which Champion Homes Kitchen is Best for You?

Ah, the kitchen. It’s no secret that many refer to it as the “heart” of the home. Fun fact: The Average American Spends 37 Minutes a Day in the Kitchen. Because of that, many of us can be pretty particular about how we’d like our kitchen to look and feel. We get it!

Take this super fun quiz and find out which of our homes has a kitchen you’ll love. Spoiler alert: this quiz only scratches the surface! We guarantee you’ll be able to find multiple kitchens that tickle your fancy, so feel free to search for models available where you plan on building! In the mean time, it’s quiz time!

Which kitchen did you get as a result? Let us know in the comments!

Ready to find your smart-built home? Get in touch with an independent local retailer today!

The Nova 

Welcome back to another Featured Homes blog! We’re sure you will gravitate towards this amazing multi-section home, the Nova! This innovatively designed home is built in our York, NE manufacturing facility, and some models can be found in Sun Communities, a manufactured home community housing many of our beautiful homes.  

Take a virtual tour of this home by clicking here

This home is one of our brightest builds, with an eye-catching exterior and spacious interior. It weighs in at 1,413 sq. ft. with 3 beds and 2 baths. Let’s rev our rocket up and get into this beautiful manufactured home, shall we? 

You enter this home and come immediately into the open concept dining room and kitchen, featuring stainless steel appliances and an impressive island with additional seating. Think of all the delicious meals you could cook up in this space!  

What breakfast food is the moon known for serving? 

Crescents! 😉

The kitchen naturally flows to either the utility area or the living room…you choose! If it’s the latter, prepare for tons of natural light. If it’s the former? You’ll be glad to find plenty of storage space. Let’s continue our orbit past these two spaces, to the hallway.

You’ll first pass the primary suite, featuring a roomy closet, chic tiling in the shower and more to love! Back to the hallway, you’ll be greeted by the second full bathroom. It’s truly a stunner! With dual sinks and even more storage for all your heart’s desires, this bathroom seeks to give your guests and/or children an amazing experience of their own. Speaking of guests and children, let’s check out the secondary bedrooms! 

No matter who is staying in them, these rooms offer privacy and design personalization (posters or paintings on the walls? Maybe a tapestry? You choose)! How would you decorate this home? Let us know in the comments!  

There’s no wonder this home is a fan favorite, it surely has us over the moon! Lovin’ this model like we are? The Nova is available in select areas through the Sun Communities website and built by our factory in York, NE.  

Interested in specifically finding a great home near you? Enter the information of the location at which you’d like to build HERE

Bathrooms in Manufactured Homes That Will WOW You!

When it comes to a home, there are so many places and spaces to focus on. Of course, the kitchen is a focal point for many. And if you’re the homeowner, the primary suite is also very important. For those who enjoy entertaining others, the living room is a space you’ll revisit time and time again. But one space in the home that might go overlooked even though it’s touched by everyone who lives there and visits…is the bathroom!  

We’ve gathered some of our current favorite bathrooms in our factory-built homes. Let us know if you have any favorites in the comments below! 

NOTE: Read the “Editor’s Picks: Top 5 Homes Across the Country” blog HERE

Without further ado, let’s get into some great bathrooms! 

The Orleans Bathroom 

When we think of the bathrooms in our Orleans model, we can’t help but to be fooled into thinking it’s a spa! What do you MEAN this bathroom was manufactured in a factory?!? It might seem like magic, but in reality it’s just how we do things here at Champion® Homes.  

NOTE: Have you read the blog ALL about showers? Click here to head there now!

The Magnolia Bathroom 

The primary bathroom in The Magnolia is exactly the type of bathroom you’ll have no worries visiting every day. With tons of natural light, high quality fixtures and materials, cool tones and more, this is a bathroom of champions! 

The American Freedom 3276 HDZ Bathroom 

Don’t let the name of this model keep you from geeking out about its amazing bathroom! Is it normal to feel calmer just walking into a room? Who cares! Because when it comes to this bathroom, “normal” is the last word that comes to mind! What’s your favorite feature in this bathroom? 

The Winston Bathroom 

First things first, if you haven’t read the Featured Homes blog on the Winston, do that now! This home will blow your mind! When it comes to the bathroom, you AND your guests will love the LED backlit mirrors! Talk about freshening up! 

The Odyssey Bathroom 

Okay, so we’ve written a couple of blogs highlighting this model, but can you blame us? It’s AMAZING! It hasn’t won multiple awards for nothin’, folks! The bathroom in the Odyssey deserves its own callout because it is just SO chic and dynamic. Find other blogs featuring the Odyssey HERE

The Grande View Bathroom

Let’s get modular! The bathroom in the Grande View truly fits the name of the model…it’s GRAND for sure! Not only does the primary bath feature a huge walk-in closet, the shower in this bathroom? You’ll find it hard to leave! This home also has its own dedicated blog post, which you can read HERE!

It is said that “Soap is to the Body What Laughter is to the Soul,” and if that’s true, where you do the soaping up is so important! Ready to find an attainable home with the perfect bathrooms for you? Click here to browse homes near where you plan to build! 

The Contemporary Cabins

Welcome back to the Champion® Blog! Today’ we’re featuring not one, but two amazing homes! Now, you’ve seen some amazing double-section homes, and you’ve even seen stunning triple-section homes…but did you know we also make the best single-section homes, too? With features you’ll love and a true-to-name contemporary feel, let’s get into them! 

Contemporary Cabin A700 

This tiny home has 1 bed, 1 bath and 637 square feet! There’s a trendy sloped roof, tons of natural light and…well, see for yourself first! 

When you first enter the Contemporary Cabin A700 from the 7-foot porch, you’re greeted by a rustic living room space. Once you stroll to the kitchen, there are sliding doors for outdoor access right there…which makes it easy to enjoy your Eggs Benedict outside! Past the kitchen are the laundry allotment, the bathroom and finally the bedroom. The bedroom features a spacious closet and personal bathroom access. There’s so much to love about this home! 

Contemporary Cabin A701 

Moving on to another amazing single-section option, the Contemporary Cabin A701 has 2 beds, 1 bath and 758 square feet.  

Come in from the 8-foot porch and step foot into the common living area. In this home, the second bathroom is right past the kitchen, conveniently across from the laundry allotment. Both bedrooms feature innovative transom windows, making use of the space while also bringing refreshing natural light. There are also multiple entrances in this home! 

Both Contemporary Cabins are built in our Ark City, KS manufacturing facility! If you’re in the area or nearby and interested, check out their landing pages HERE and HERE! Not in the area but ready to find the perfect home to fit your needs? Click here to get in touch with an independent local retailer!