Spartans are magnificent mobile homes. Their American-made quality is undeniable as is their timeless beauty. Once you get your hands on one of these classic homes, you never want to let it go.
So what do you do when you are rich beyond desire and want your 1954 40 foot Spartan Imperial Mansion beside the Nueces River in Uvalde, Texas, a well known flood prone area?
First, you hire architect Andrew Hinmann. Next, you sit back and wait for all the awesome to come together. And it came together in a unusual, unconventional fashion and I love unusual and unconventional!
While gazing from a distance you can’t tell that the heart of this structure sits a gorgeous Spartan mobile home. Walking toward it, however, you realize that this is far more than a fancy home sitting beside a river.
In fact, one could simply call it a garage that houses a remodeled mobile home. There’s nothing but a bathroom, a 25 foot screened deck and a sleeping tower ‘attached’ to this Spartan. Together, though, they make a remarkable habitat. Not too contemporary, not to classic. Just a fine mixture of both.
Sitting 30 feet above the river and 5 feet above the flood plain on concrete piers anchored 25 feet into the ground, this Spartan is safe from any flooding disasters or wind, or probably even a tornado. It’s wrapped and bundled with 45 feet steel beams and ipe wood. Additional features include a redwood hot tub that the owner re-salvaged and rain water catchment systems.
The Spartan is not attached to the structure. They used a gasket connection system as not to scar the mobile homes exterior. It’s safely butted up against the screened deck and has a metal roof over it. This helps to keep the home cool and allows the mobile home to shine, literally.
The 1954 Spartan’s interior was completely remodeled. The original pine was replaced with bamboo, the lights replaced with LED and the bathroom was completely removed to allow more space for the bedroom. The refridgerator was removed and Sub-Zero freezer drawers were installed. Formica counter tops and retro furnishings complete the renovation.
The tower provides an additional sleeping area as well as a nice viewing station. There are only 2 windows (other than whats in the Spartan) in this entire structure. The porthole window in the bathroom can be covered with the sliding mirror for additional privacy. Everything else is simply screens. The owner has an allergy to bug bites so every precaution was made to keep the biting bugs away, they even screened under the deck boards. That’s smart!
The architect comments that the structure surrounding the trailer is a “Swiss Army knife. The whole project is an accessory to the trailer.” I can agree with that statement. It certainly solved the problem the owner had, there will be no flooding issues in the near future. It encapsulates the home without covering up its beauty and it allows the Spartan to shine in the Texas sun.
On Houzz, where I originally found this home, some readers commented that it was a waste of money and that it takes the mobility out of the mobile home but I think that’s a bit harsh and essentially untrue. The owners apparently appreciated the Spartan and wanted to enjoy its remarkable beauty and vintage qualities but they also wanted to be comfortable. Just because a mobile home has wheels doesn’t mean it has to be moved around to be appreciated. In fact, a 40 foot long mobile home is not necessarily made to be moved from place to place or campground to campground. The Spartan corporation made smaller homes for that purpose. ‘Mobile homes’ that are longer than 28 feet were made to go to one place and be set up and lived in which is exactly what the owners did. Remember, 98% of all mobile homes are never moved once placed. Campers are made to be pulled, not mobile homes.
People that have lots of money are used to a certain standard of living but this isn’t excessive in my opinion. It’s a nice bathroom and screened in porch and sleeping area attached to a mobile home. Here in the Appalachians, we’ve been doing similar constructions for decades. Perhaps not as nice but certainly similar. I like it and I appreciate it. The structure simply protects a beautiful mobile home and in my opinion all Spartans should be protected and appreciated. What’s your opinion?
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