Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: What's the difference between a Residential Park Home and a Caravan Holiday Home?
A Park Home (sometimes referred to as a mobile home), is built to British Standard 3632 the "Specification for Residential Park Homes". It is a timber framed residential property, suitable for all year round habitation and can therefore be used as your main UK residence if sited on a park or location with a residential licence. Residents are protected with security of tenure by the Mobile Homes Act if the Park is registered with a residential licence. A Caravan Holiday Home is built to EN.1647 which is a lower build standard in terms of the overall structure and level of insulation. Caravan Holiday Homes are only suitable for seasonal use due to the lower level of insulation and build quality.
All of Omar’s products are built to BS3632 including our Lodges and Leisure Homes this makes them energy efficient and suitable for living in all year round. However if you wish to live in your Omar home as your primary residence in the UK you will need a park with a residential licence as opposed to one with a holiday licence.
Q2: What is a Lodge?
This is covered in the “what is a lodge” section of our website but in short it is a mobile home built in our case to BS3632 the "Specification for Residential Park Homes". It is a timber framed building suitable for all year round use but typically used as a leisure or holiday home and sited on a park with a holiday licence. There are however lodge parks with fully residential licences and park home sites with plots available for lodges.
Our lodges will be clad in either timber or one of a number of low maintenance claddings. Typically Omar lodges have open plan living room, kitchen and dining areas and make extensive use of glass by including feature windows, roof lights and French, patio or folding Doors to accentuate natural light and bring the outside inside.
Q3: Can you help us find a park for our home?
Omar offers a park finder service via our website and our professional and helpful sales staff can assist you in locating parks which will suit your needs. The British Holiday & Park Home Association offer a park home and holiday parks guide as well as an online site for locating parks at www.ukparks.com.
Q4: What styles, sizes and configurations do Omar park homes and lodges come in?
At Omar we have a range of over 20 standard models, each with their own individual exterior and interior designs and styles which can be inter changed. In addition to this we offer a bespoke home design service.
All of Omar’s homes and lodges can be built in a variety of lengths up to 20m (65½') and widths up to 6.8m (22') to suit your individual needs and the plot you have chosen. All of our standard layouts include lounge, dining room/area, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. All of our standard twin models feature at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms (one typically being en-suite). Our extensive range of floor plans includes homes with up to four bedrooms, studies, entrance halls, hobby rooms and utility rooms. However, if none of our standard layouts suit your specific requirements, we will happily modify plans or start afresh to design and manufacture a home to suit your individual requirements.
Q5: What guarantee do I get with an Omar home?
Please see the Warranty section of this website but in short, all Omar homes (park homes, lodges and leisure homes) are built in accordance with the latest edition of BS3632 and carry a 12 months manufacturer's warranty on the entire home and its contents as supplied at purchase by Omar. The home also comes with a 10 year insurance backed GOLD SHIELD structural warranty. For this warranty to be valid the park must be registered under the Gold Shield scheme. The home must registered by the park or owner when it is commissioned and then the home will benefit from a 10 year structural warranty.
In addition to this the roof of your home has a 40 year manufacturer’s guarantee, your windows have a 10 year guarantee for the frames and 5 years for the sealed units, our boilers and appliances are all A grade rated and have a manufacturers warranty 5 years for parts 2 years for labour.
Q6: Where can I view an Omar home?
Omar has at least four and up to seven homes on display at our showground located at our headquarters in Brandon, Suffolk (IP27 0NE). The showground is open between 9-30am and 4-30pm Monday to Friday and 10am till 4pm on Saturdays, please call to make an appointment prior to visiting to ensure that someone is available to help you. As well as the homes on our showground, you can see a wide variety of homes in build at our factory and also homes awaiting customer collection.
There are also a large number of parks around the UK with Omar show homes on site ready to buy, please refer to the homes for sale section of this website.
Q7: How much does an Omar home cost?
This depends on the model, size and internal specification of the park home or lodge selected. Our extensive range of homes are designed to suit a variety of budgets but still always offer the quality and style people expect from Omar. As with all property, location is a key driver of price and homes in the South East are typically more expensive than homes situated further North. Parks near the coast or by rivers and lakes typically carry a premium as do parks in areas of natural beauty such as Devon, Cornwall or the Lake District. The price of individual homes will also vary depending on the park amenities and the size and the location on park of the plot you have chosen. Plots near water or with extensive views tend to carry a premium.
Q8: What is included in the price of an Omar park or leisure home?
The home price includes a fitted kitchen complete with appliances, bedrooms with built in furniture or walk-in robes, bathrooms, lounge suite, dining suite, carpets and vinyl, curtains, soft furnishings including bed, bedding and wall mounted headboards. You will find all these details on your floor plan and specification for your home. There is also the facility to add features to your home such as a home entertainment system, wine cooler, additional appliances, saunas and a wide range of Eco Options.
Q9: How long does it take from order to make an Omar home?
Once you have finalised the specification of your home and both yourselves and your park have signed it off we can commence manufacture. The length of time you have to wait for your Omar home will vary due to how busy the factory is and also the lead-time on individual items you have specified in your home. Please contact us for an estimated timescale.
Q10: Will you install my own fittings if I supply the products?
In principle yes but we would have to review on a case by case basis to ensure we always conform with legislation and build standards.
Q11: Can I hang things on the walls of my Omar home?
In principle yes but we would have to review this on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we always conform with legislation and building standards.
Q12: Are your residential mobile park homes and lodges warm enough?
Insulated timber frame construction is a naturally warm construction - unlike bricks and blocks. Our homes are built to the very highest specifications with high tolerances, air tightness is key to heat retention and energy efficiency. The insulation used within the construction of all Omar homes is of extremely high quality and energy-efficient, low-emissivity glass is used in all window and doors. Full central heating is installed with energy-efficient combination boilers.
Q13: Can I put a park home or lodge on my own land?
You will need to get permission to site a mobile home from your Local Authority. We can supply you with a floor plan and elevation for your home along with a service plan which the Local Authority will need in order to consider your application. The best initial course of action would be for you to have an informal conversation with a planning officer at your Local Authority who will indicate if permission is likely to be granted. If the planning officer has specific requirements we can help incorporate these into the design of your home.
Q14: Is there a choice of alternative exterior cladding?
There is a wide variety of colours and cladding systems available. These can be viewed in our sample room and discussed with our friendly and helpful staff. All Omar homes are available in a rendered finish, timber clad or with a variety of low maintenance claddings such as Canexel or Thermowood. Please ask your park before you set your heart on a particular finish as they may only allow homes in certain finishes or colours, they may also be governed by planning rules and or stipulations in their site licence.
Q15: How 'mobile' are park homes and lodges?
Omar homes are manufactured on a proprietary rolled steel chassis. This is fitted with multiple wheeled axles and removable tow bars which are used for manufacturing, transport and siting purposes. Our homes are delivered on transporters. They are then manoeuvred onto the foundation base where the home is positioned, joined (homes over 14ft wide are transported in 2 sections) and levelled to sit on multiple supports. Once the services have been connected and commissioned, the underneath of the park home will typically be bricked up to the underside of the park home or decked and skirted typically in the case of a lodge. Once the home has been sited it can be moved again to an alternative location but most frequently they stay put.
If you have a specific query which is not covered on the website please get in touch, we would be delighted to assist. You can contact us on either 01842 810673 or firstname.lastname@example.org