Manufactured homes show promise for Crossroads residents

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Gayla Massey and her husband Wardell Potts Jr. never had a need for a lawnmower until they moved to rural Lavaca County.As of February, the couple joined a little known community of homeowners whose houses were built in a factory and then delivered to them like much-awaited packages in the mail.After living much of her adult life in California and returning to Texas only recently, Massey said she never would have thought she would consider a manufactured or prefabricated home. Now that she’s in one, she said it’s perfect for rural Lavaca County.A manufactured home is like any other dwelling but built to a specific Department of Housing and Urban Development code. It is built in a manufacturing plant and transported in one or more sections on a permanent chassis, rather than being built onsite like other houses. This is separate and commonly confused with modular homes, which are built according to local building codes, and mobile homes which have no federal definition.Many manufactured homes and their communities are found just outside city limits and in other rural areas. Some are built inside city limits but must meet their given city’s building permit …

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