Micro Homes are RVs
Kent Homes builds all sorts of prefabricated and modular
buildings, including our rental fleet for job sites, commercial structures of
all sizes and types, residential homes built under both A277 and Z240 building
codes, Park Models built under the Z241 code, and our newest addition the Micro
Homes built under the Z240-RV code.
Whatever type of home you dream of; there are many options
with Kent Homes modular homes. Let’s
look at each of the residential structures…
Modular homes built under the A277 building code are built
within our plant, but do not come out of the plant “complete”, they are usually
in more than one section and well ...let’s say they have “some assembly
required”. Now although that phrase strikes fear into the
heart of any parent when printed on the box of a toy, or anyone when seen on a
new purchase (Ikea we love you but are
certain you have possibly caused friction in some relationships)…when it comes
to our homes relax, we have you covered.
Your Kent Homes Dream builder will arrange to have the sections of your
home delivered, assembled and completed.
As with all our housing products there are few limits, we
can build you a cottage, bungalow, split level, two or three story home, Cape
Cod or a combination of housing styles.
Your home can have a traditional exterior, or be modern and streamlined. You can choose a floor plan we publish, and
customize it, or bring us a plan you like and we will show you a modular
version of it, or come in and meet with one of our dream builders to design
your perfect home from the ground up. We
are more than happy to help, and we encourage you to come and visit us to see
how these homes are constructed.
Homes built under the Z240 code are built within a single
box and finished inside the plant, when they arrive at their location there is
generally minimal work to be completed on the home itself other than setting it
up, connecting services and adding decks, porches and steps and skirting around
the bottom if required based on the foundation type decided upon. Z240 homes are built with the same quality materials
and the same insulation levels as our modular homes with the primary difference
being the completion within the plant. The single box homes are only limited by
your imagination. They can be very small
or exceed 1000 square feet. Only the
exterior walls are load bearing so the floor plans are extremely flexible,
widths of 12, 14 and 16 feet are all common.
The exterior can be very traditional or contemporary, and the finish
levels can be basic or very high end.
Homes built under the Z241 are the Park Model homes. They are intended to be moved around but
generally just seasonally or less. They
are larger than the Micro Homes and require a special truck and license to move
them. Park models are 538 square feet
or less. These homes are commonly built
in widths of 12 or 14 feet. Officially
park models can be lived in in each season, but are not intended to be lived in
consistently as your primary residence.
They are generally built with slightly lighter lumber and lower
insulation levels as this code allows but can also be ordered built with full
2x6 walls and higher insulation levels.
The Tiny or Micro Homes are built under the Z240-RV code
which classifies them as a vehicle.
They cannot exceed 8.5 feet in width and can be no more than 400 square
feet. They are built on a single chassis
and can be towed by a heavy duty vehicle, but do not require a special license
classification. They are considered a 3
season dwelling and again are not intended as a primary residence. The vehicle classification means that at this
time they are not subject to property taxes as long as you keep up your
registration and do not attach them to a foundation (although the tiny home
movement is relatively new and changes are to be expected).
As RVs the Micro Homes are not subject to the same
restrictions often faced when building cottages. They are ideal for small cottage lots and can
be placed right at the water’s edge, pulled up to your boat dock or in an
One difference in the Micro Home line is these homes cannot
be as easily customized as our other homes.
Each plan we develop is certified and although built in furnishings and
many finish choices can easily change, location of plumbing and electrical
details cannot. This is not to say we
cannot design a custom tiny home for you, we certainly can, but there will be
additional cost and time involved in order to go through the certification
process. The Micro Homes are designed to
be hooked up to services just like any other RV.
The seasonal living issue…
Depending on where you hope to put your tiny home you can
expect to have some hurdles to cross.
The more rural your property the less restriction on the type of
dwelling, but many municipal areas are starting to recognize the demand for
concessions for smaller homes. Some
areas will allow them as guest houses, pool houses, home offices, shepherd’s
huts for agricultural use, and Tiny Home RV communities are cropping up all
Although intended to be a 3 season recreational use home
many people use them in colder weather.
Because they are small they heat very easily and are comfortable if
Now if a tiny home on wheels isn’t the answer for you; a
dream builder can help design a very small Z240 home with full insulation
levels and built for year round residency.
Some municipalities have rules that were established in the day when
single box homes were “trailers” and the standards were lower than other
homes. The regulations put in place were
to keep these trailers out because they could affect the tax base of adjacent
homes. Many municipalities are becoming
more enlightened about the desire for tiny house living and will consider a
single box home as long as it is aesthetically pleasing and the applicant has
approached them with the right information and attitude. In some cases the dimensions or minimum
square footage is the issue but can sometimes be worked around by designing
with some additional pieces that fulfil the requirements.
If you have any questions on any of our products, modular
homes in general, or a desire to tour our plant and see how building inside and
inside out makes perfect sense just give us a call. At Kent Homes we redefine “Thinking inside