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5210 Marsh Arbor Trail
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49004
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Office: (269) 383-9850
Manager@weatherstonevc.com


2014 MHI Land Lease Community of the Year In The Midwest Region!

As you review your housing options, you must consider factory-built homes as an affordable housing option. Factory-built homes are comparable to site-constructed homes at a significantly lower cost. Our homes are contemporary, elegant, energy efficient and affordable.

Homes Available For Sale In Our Community

Consider the analysis below when deciding whether or not one of our upscale factory-built homes is the right choice for you.

Factory Built Home VS. Site Built Home
The Advantages of Factory-Built Construction Processes

Factory Built Home Site Built Home
Building Materials are Protected From The Elements:  Factory built homes are built off site in a controlled manufacturing environment. Each home is built in sections and then transported to the site where they are installed and completed by professional installers. Approximately 80% – 90% of factory built construction takes place indoors where materials are protected from the elements. Building materials are exposed to the weather;  rain
Stronger More Durable Structure:  In a manufacturing facility, craftsmen have access to tools, jigs, tables and material handling equipment.  These tools and equipment allow the manufacturer to fabricate high quality, stronger, more durable structures. A number of tools and equipment are not viable in the field on a construction site.  Some site built homes are only built to minimum local construction specifications.
Fairmont Homes Promote “Green Construction”: We identify practices and materials that reduce a home’s burden on the environment. These practices also typically result in homes that are more comfortable, healthier and more economical to operate. Not all site built homes promote Green Construction
Tighter More Energy Efficient Structure:  Thru a combination of higher insulation requirements, low “E” windows, a tight building envelope, and high efficiency heating and cooling systems, factory built-homes can be 20–30% more energy efficient than standard homes. Most homes come standard with many Energy Star features to further reduce energy usage and save you money over the life of your house. In some cases site built homes only install 2” x 4” sidewalls, and include R-11 insulation.
Resource Efficiency:   Creating resource efficient designs and using resource efficient materials can maximize function while optimizing the use of natural resources. Resource efficiency is also about reducing jobsite waste. Creating an effective construction waste management plan and taking advantage of available recycling facilities and markets for recyclable materials, waste can be reduced by at least two-thirds, creating potential cost savings and reducing the burden on landfill space. Factory built construction processes carefully manage resource usage and maximize recycling. Most on site built homes do not utilize resource efficiency.
Construction Speed:  Building the sections for most homes is usually complete within 60 days of the order date; you have a specified time line for the completion and delivery of the home.  Can build homes year round. In many cases the completion date depends on: weather, availability of materials, and schedules of subcontractors.
Low Maintenance:   Exterior that features vinyl siding; *Another industry standard that enhances the user friendly design of factory-built housing. Many surfaces require paint or stain.
Consistent, Well-Trained Workforce:  Manufactured Home Builders have used factory assembly to improve the construction process by incorporating factory-assembled components such as pre-hung doors, windows, cabinet modules and roof trusses. Each work station is equipped with the tools and equipment needed to complete the work and increase the efficiency and quality of the workforce. High labor costs and inconsistent weather lead to inefficiencies.
Using Brand Name Components:   Congoleum, Moen, Whirlpool, Trane, Sherwin-Williams, Owens Corning, Georgia-Pacific, Shaw, Pella, and Honeywell. Not all site built homes have brand name components.
Cost Reduction Practices:  Buying in large quantities for building materials, interior features, and large appliances reduces costs.  Better quality control increases efficiencies and leads to reduced labor costs.  Climate control reduces construction cost. Advanced engineering techniques and construction methods leads to reduced costs. Custom site built homes lead to higher material and labor costs.
Quality Control:  In addition to our own quality audits, third party federal or state inspectors inspect the modules at various points of the process and certify that each home exceeds the building code. Every Home is inspected over 35 times throughout the construction process to meet the appropriate national, state or local building codes.  *The manufactured housing industry has been regulated by the Federal HUD Code (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) since 1976! Building codes vary by city and state.
Competitive Mass Marketing and Distribution Sales Centers:
Higher energy prices, as well as the increased awareness of numerous innovations, has led many consumers to take advantage of the savings and affordability of living in quality factory built homes. Compare for yourself the cost per square foot and how many amenities you can afford with factory built homes in a safe conveniently located residential community.
Site Built homes have built-in high profits.  Cost per square foot is much higher for a site built home compared to a factory-built home.

For additional information on our model homes or to custom order a new Fairmont Home, please contact:

Airway Housing Specialists, Licensed Dealer
5210 Marsh Arbor Trail
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
Office: (269) 383-9850

If you are an active adult who enjoys independent living and would like to live in a 55 and over community located in a scenic setting that offers amenities and recreational opportunities, call us today at (269) 383-9850 to schedule your personal tour of our Community and our upscale factory-built homes.

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