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Clayton Launches Home Previewer® Augmented Reality Mobile App

National homebuilder introduces new app with enhanced interactive functionality for homebuyers

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (July 10, 2017) — New home shoppers can now use augmented reality to visualize what their potential new home may look like on their land before they break ground thanks to the release of an innovative new app.  Clayton, a Berkshire Hathaway company and one of America’s largest homebuilders, announces the release of Home Previewer®, an iPhone® compatible app that allows shoppers to envision what a home may look like in 3D on their future home site.  The free app is available for download from the App Store®.

Clayton today launched its augmented reality home viewer.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8011651-clayton-launches-home-previewer-mobile-app/

“We’re pleased to be one of the first builders to introduce augmented reality to the digital home buying journey,” said Kevin Clayton, CEO of Clayton Homes. “Our homes now offer custom designs, innovative features and energy efficient upgrades. We are committed to being a leader in innovation for the home building community and will continue to develop the kind of technology that will support our customers throughout the experience.”

The Home Previewer® app, created by Boulder, Colorado ad agency Made, lets users digitally anchor a home model from a list of model choices to the future home location using augmented reality to make it appear as if it is actually there. Once the virtual home is anchored, the user can walk up to and around the 3D rendered image to view it from different angles on its future site. Users also have the capability to take pictures of the house in its physical setting and share them with friends and family.

Clayton intends to introduce a wide variety of digital tools that will be released in the upcoming year.  These tools aim to aid customers as they visit local home centers and tour homes on location with their mobile devices on hand, while making the home shopping experience fun, personal and informative. Home Previewer™ is the first mobile app of its kind in the manufactured home building industry. This is Clayton’s second mobile app offered to date, following the 2015 release of MyMobi Home Finder®, an application that shows prospective homebuyers the location and pricing of homes for sale so they can select which homes they would like to visit in person.

“We believe everyone should be able to have a beautiful, affordable slice of the world to call their own,” said Clayton.  “We see interactive digital tools like this Home Previewer® app as one way to deliver on extraordinary experiences for our customers every day.  We want our homebuyers to feel confident about the smart choice they’re making.”

Tiny House versus Park Model

There’s a lot of talk about tiny homes and how they relate to other types of housing.

It can get confusing, we’ve found, to compare and contrast tiny homes versus the park model home, for instance… particularly when you learn that definitions change with how the sun shines, and something to do, too, with grandma’s meatloaf.

Seriously, stick with us here.

 

Park Model

A regulated temporary living space designed for an RV park setting:

  • 399 or fewer square feet of living space (Fla. is 499 sf)
  • If on wheels and a chassis, can be towed on public streets, roads, highways
  • Cannot be bought with mortgage loan
  • Requires registration, tags and insurance like a vehicle
  • Ideal for RV park or blended RV/mobile home park
  • Purchase from maker for ease of registration, travel safety
  • Retail from $20,000 to $140,000 higher end

Curt Yoder is co-owner of Kropf Industries Inc., a Goshen, Ind. company that makes Park Models.

“What we sell is destination camping,” Yoder said. “We do not promote our units in any way to

Island Series Park Model

Kropf Park Model

be lived in. We’re strictly recreational use.”

On the other hand, tiny houses are primarily looked at as residences, even if second residences or guest houses, and are less-so regarded as a getaway property, like the RV or Park Home.

The problem with tiny homes as a primary residence is that many local ordinances and codes prohibit certain sizes and residential placement. If allowed, they’re typically permitted as an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) for the rear or side of a property.

A tiny house on rural land most often is less challenging, but requirements exist in all but the rarest scenario.

“This makes some of the tiny home builders want to register as an RV, but then they want to say it’s lived in rather than seasonal, and that becomes the ticking point,” Yoder said.

“Similarly, over the years, we’ve had manufactured home dealers want to sell park models,” he added. “You’re trying to sell a home next to a recreational vehicle, and it doesn’t work out that well.”

Tiny House

A lifestyle concept embodied by a small home that can fit an MH community:

  • 400 to 999 square feet of livable indoor floor space
  • Some can be smaller dependent on siting and local regulations
  • Anything smaller than 200 square feet is a shed
  • Larger tiny home dimensions cannot be towed for recreation on public spaces
  • Larger units can be hauled, if permitting and consumer/public protection is in place
  • If on permanent foundation, can be primary residence
  • Difficult to finance with mortgage loan, but possible
  • No vehicle registration, tags or insurance
  • Can be insured as personal property (chattel)
  • Ideal for private land, back property guest home
  • With the skills, you can build it yourself
  • Cost differs on preference, from $8,000 self-built to the luxurious limit (Think Italian marble everywhere)
Texas Tiny Home

From HGTV’s Tiny House Hunters.

Shawn Fuller is sales manager at Tiny House Outlet, a division of Legacy Housing.

“Our tiny house stuff has just run away. It’s insane. I’ve never been on a wave like I’ve got surging now,” Fuller said.

Fuller has several models of tiny homes, and has developed an app that allows a customer to

choose features and specifications, get financing, and have the home delivered all on the handheld device.

“There’s a lot of misinformation about tiny homes,” Fuller said. “A true tiny home has to be less than 399 square feet. If it’s bigger, you trigger all the federal guidelines on home construction. The biggest difference between a tiny home and true park model… I don’t know any park model manufacturer that’s not building to ANSI code.

“The only manufacturer I know of that’s building a tiny home with no code is Legacy, and that’s our product out of Commerce, Texas,” Fuller said.

Tiny House Show Colorado

Tiny Home Jamboree, Colorado Springs in August 2015.

What’s more

The dividing line in an odd way – because it works in both directions – is 400 square feet. In this sense, the definition changes as much as it does with square footage depending on how the home is being used and where it’s placed.

The “on wheels” consideration for tiny homes is a big divider – a tiny home on wheels (THOW) is typically going to be 399 square feet or less, sometimes much less.

“If you get much bigger than 20-30 feet long, you need a one-ton truck to move it, and not too

Tiny House on private land

“Weelhouse” from Tiny House Northeast.

many people want to do that,” Isa Bauer, owner of Tiny House Northeast, said. “You’re talking about a group of people who want to live in this home year-round for the sake of a smaller carbon footprint, and that doesn’t fit well if you’re using a giant truck to haul the home.”

If a tiny home is fewer than 200 square feet and stays put, which many are, a predominant number of municipalities and other local governments will consider the structure a shed, and therefore unregulated.

This is the backyard grandma house, the meditation hut, the art center, the kid playhouse. You can plug in a TV, radio or computer, run a small AC or heater, and have a desk and bed, but likely will be without plumbing and running water.

The Final Word

Back to the direction of sun and grandma’s meatloaf.

Didn’t think we’d forget, did you?

Yes, Yoder said his designers, builders and inspectors subscribe to what he calls the “only true way to measure a park model”.

“When sun is at high noon, anything that casts a shadow off the home, including overhang and what else, is measured, and those are your dimensions,” Yoder said.

And Fuller, in comparing his tiny homes to the industry – It’s a matter of giving the customer what they want… Price point and a level of quality.

“The start of the whole tiny home thing was like grandma’s meatloaf,” Fuller said. “You don’t know what’s in it, but we know it’s good. We love to eat it. My tiny homes are like the Cracker Barrel meatloaf. It’s good, and we like to eat it, but it’s not really like grandma’s.

“Not everyone can get grandma’s meatloaf,” Fuller said.

“Grandma’s meatloaf” tiny home is available from Fuller at $25,000. The Kropf Island Series Park Model can be purchased for $54,000, depending on the retail outlet, and the “Weelhouse” from Tiny House Northeast is $35,000.

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