Visitors who first come to look at park homes regularly ask how the homes are put together. I thought I would use this opportunity to detail how the park home arrives at its designated site.
As a typical residential park home measures at 20×40’, the park homes are delivered as two separate units. They are split length ways with each measuring at 10’ wide.
Before they are dispatched, the park home will have enclosed inside all of the furniture and fittings that are to be included as part of the home. Fixed fittings tend to be loosely in their designated place. Floors are carpeted provided that they do not require fitting across the two units when they are joined and most of the furniture remains packaged either in its flatpacked state or in its finished form. As the two parts of the park home are delivered on separate vehicles each exposed half is protected with plastic to protect it from the elements during transit.
When the home is ready for transporting, it’s towed by a winch onto the Large Goods Vehicle. Depending on the journey that the units will be taking, police are informed of their planned route so that preparations can be put in place to minimize disruption during its journey and when it arrives at its destination.
When the park home arrives at the park, the two units will be individually positioned on the allocated plot. Each unit will have a tow bar attached, and from the LGV, typically a Land Rover will fasten to the tow bar to help lower the unit onto the road. The LGV’s winch gives support so that unit doesn’t fall too suddenly.
Upon the unit being removed from the vehicle, the Land Rover will then tow the unit into place. It sounds a simple task but depending on the plots positioning and obstacles that may restrict towing movement, the route has to be planned and eyes are on all four corners during the units movements to ensure that there are no collisions.
The process is repeated for the second part of the unit. Upon matching the two exposed sides of the park home, the plastic is removed, and the two parts of the home are placed together on the designated plot. From here on, the siting team will go about fastening the two parts of the home; jacks are put in place to elevate the wheels on the 2 parts of the park home and the siting team can then begin plastering, painting, carpeting, constructing and positioning appliances.
In total, the transport and siting of a park home takes a couple of days. Once the siters have completed their job, the electrician and plumber commence their roles fitting incomplete connections and ensuring that they are certified safe for the to be residents.
Once the electrician and plumber have completed their tasks, a bricklayer is scheduled to build the skirting of the park home (between the ground and the park home – where the chassis is exposed). Once the brick work is complete, a hatch is assembled to allow access underneath the park home when it is required.
Part of the bricklaying will include the construction of the steps that lead to the two entrances of the park home. After all the brickwork is complete, the railings can be fitted. At Parklands they are constructed by an ironmonger. He will take measurements during the construction of the steps so that they can start constructing the railings as speedily as possible and avoid any delays.
Once a park home is in place and sited, we like to give ourselves 4 weeks to complete the park home so that it is ready to move into in its entirety. Finally, the resident takes on the keys, and they move into their brand new park home.
The next occasion that we have a park home arrive at Parklands I will film it so you will be able to see for yourself exactly how it is delivered and put together.
A common request by to-be residents at Parklands is to visit the day that their new park home arrives at Parklands. It’s impressive to see a home being planted on its plot.
There’s something impressive about seeing a home being put together. I thought I would use this opportunity to detail how the park homes arrive at their designated site.