Wondering whether Clayton Homes is a reliable, affordable company? How about the consistency and design of the handmade versions that they sell?
The background of Clayton Homes is quite interesting. It started in 1956 in Maryville, Tennessee. Jim Clayton, the company’s founder, got two college degrees before starting the company.
After running it for decades, in 2003, he sold the company to Warren Buffet’s multinational holding company Berkshire Hathaway. Since then, Clayton Homes has acquired several manufactured home companies.
It also includes three lender subsidiaries that serve to help customers get a loan for the manufactured homes they offer (as many banks won’t finance manufactured or mobile homes).
Now that you know a little more about the company, let’s look at the features included in the homes they design and build. Clayton Home uses the following branded windows, appliances, hardware, fixtures, and parts.
Frigidaire® stoves and refrigerators
Shaw® carpeting in homes with carpet
Kwikset door hardware
Carrier SmartComfort® furnaces in homes with a furnace
Rheem® dual element water heaters
ecobee smart thermostats
Clayton Homes always include, at the minimum, these basic features:
Constructed to meet insulation and wind requirements in the customer’s location
Windows and doors
Standard flooring – Carpet, vinyl squares, hardwood, or tile
Standard walls – Vinyl On Gypsum (VOG) or Paper On Gypsum (POG) wallboard
Washing machine and dryer hookups
Standard water shut-off valve for the entire home
3/12 roof pitch (standard) or higher
The mid- to high-priced Clayton models usually include:
Clayton Homes’ Most Popular Models
Clayton Homes allow you to completely customize your home by adding additional features or enhancements (such as appliances made of stainless steel or a garden tub).
However, keep in mind that the features we’ve listed with each of the models are just the base features.
The Super 68
Freedom Farm House 32X60
Clayton Homes Pricing
Clayton Homes are hard to provide correct pricing details for because there are so many design choices available. The prices for each model listed on the web site are given in ranges starting at a base price (no upgrades).
The most popular models we included above are priced as follows:
The Lulamae: Starts in the $140,000s
The Super 68: Starts in the $140,000s
Freedom Farmhouse: Starts in the $100,000s
The Greystone: Starts in the $140,000s
The Teagan: Starts in the $140,000s
Laney: Starts in the $140,000s
The McGarrity: Starts in the $160,000s
But those famous models don’t reflect Clayton Homes’ average pricing. There are hundreds of lower-cost models with less square footage and features inside / exterior.
The cheapest single-wide Clayton Homes start at about $25,000. The cheapest double-wide Clayton Homes start at the $40,000 mark. Many of its versions are priced under $75,000.
It’s important to remember that buying a Clayton Home (or any homemade) isn’t the full price you’ll pay. You have to buy land before you can get it shipped and built, to put the home on.
Also, delivery and installation come with additional fees. That’s important to consider because shipping a home across the United States can be expensive.