If you work in or study the manufactured housing industry, you probably know about the annual MHI Congress and Expo for Manufactured and Modular Housing. Essentially, it’s the Oscars for the industry.

This years expo will be on April 16, 17 and 18th in Las Vegas. This is a huge ‘insiders’ trade show for all manufacturers, community owners or management, suppliers, financial service providers, insurers and retailers. Basically, it’s for anyone that loves manufactured homes and wants to rub elbows with the big wigs in the industry. The 3 day event is complete with educational classes, keynote speakers and a National Industry Awards ceremony. The award categories are as follows:
  
Retail Sales Center of the Year
Land-Lease Community of the Year Award
Best New Home Design Awards in both Concept design and (In) Production Design:                   

Single Section Homes

  • Homes 1800 sq. ft. or less
  • Homes over 1800 sq. ft,
  • Modular Home – 2200 sq. ft. or less
  • Modular Home – over 2200 sq. ft.
  • Multifamily (modular apartment complexes)

There was also other awards such as:

  • Floorplan Lender of the Year (financing products)
  • Regional Lender of the Year
  • Community Broker of the Year
  • Community Operator of the Year
  • Supplier of the Year
  • Manufacturer of the Year

    
So, why should you care about all this? Easy, you get to see the wonderful concept homes and in-production homes that won last year! They are some beauties!

The following won the best Single Section Concept Home and its a design by Palm Harbor Homes. It’s called The Staniel Cay II” and it’s gorgeous!

The award for best home design for single section homes in production goes to Fleetwood Homes. Their model called The Metropolitan” is a superb example of single wide living at its finest.  Built with its own wrap around porch and featuring the end cap entry we all love, this home is a shining example of modern manufactured home living. 

This next concept design winner is for manufactured homes 1800 square feet or less. It’s designed by Fleetwood Homes and called “The Tradition.” It’s a bit different to say the least; curved roofs and a look made for us contemporary style lovers. Its a beauty! This is exactly the forward thinking this industry needs!
 

 


The award for best designed manufactured homes under 1800 square feet and in production went to ‘The Dover” built by Champion Home Builders, Inc. It’s a fine looking home with all the modern features we have came to know and expect from the manufactured housing industry. It’sa modern twist to a standard double wide home.
  

  
The following home won best in concept over 1800 square feet. It is also a Fleetwood Homes design and is called ‘Granite Creek.” It, too, is a beautiful home! The multiple siding materials, stone accents and circular rooms are great features.

 

Modular Housing

Modular housing is in it‘s own category since its not trucked into place as a whole but section by section. While it is factory built, it isn’t assembled at all until it reaches its final destination. 

The following design won Best Concept Home – 2200 square feet or less. It’s different, but different is great, especially in this case! It was designed by Norris Homes and appropriately called “The New Norris Home.” Loving the modern, monochromatic color scheme and simplicity of design

 

   
The next one is an in-production modular produced by Nationwide Homes. It’s called “Woodside Model” and is available in the market. It won the Best New Home Design in Production for Modular Homes over 2200 square feet. It’s got a lot of beautiful features; great mixed material usage, accent color use and the circular copper topped dormers are fabulous!

 

There you have it, the best in the industry for 2012. I love to see all the designs that are coming out in the industry. Lot’s of in-depth research and forward thinking goes into designing and building these homes and the companies are offering beautiful homes that are affordable

Manufactured housing is the best path to homeownership. They provide stylish living at a price most can actually afford. 

Even if buying a new home may not be in our budgets, we can still look and dream and get lots of inspiration! 

All photos and materials are from and owned by  MHI’s 2012 Congress and Expo and you can see the PDF by clicking on the link.

We’ll show you the 2011 winners next and feature the other award winners such as best communities, so be sure to come back often to get the latest information, inspiration and ideas for your manufactured home.  

As always, THANK YOU for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!

5 Responses

  1. Mike

    Hello,
    Thanks for taking the time to develop this great website.
    I bought an old (1968) manufactured home this year and I’m remodeling slow but sure. I tore out all of the old carpet and pad and I’m close to floor decision time. Is it very uncommon to install hardwood flooring in a mfg home? Is it too heavy?
    It seems most of the homes have a laminate of some sort. Do you have a recommendation on a website I can visit to clearly see options?
    Thanks

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Mike!

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment :) Great question! Flooring is a tough decision. We decided to go with laminate in our ’78 single wide but only cause it was in our price range and was just so easy to install. I was looking for photos of flooring that was taken in a mobile home during our planning but I wasn’t able to find many. I think your best bet would be just to visit the flooring sites and of course, look through this site ;) I plan on organizing the site better so that if you want flooring ideas you just click on ‘flooring’ but it’s gonna take a while cause I’m not sure how to do it and need to read about it.

      When you hear about weight issues with manufactured homes they are mainly speaking about transporting the homes. Once sited permanently, there’s little to worry about but even if the home does have to be moved in the future I doubt any kind of flooring will cause you problems. The homes can handle a lot more than people give them credit for (if they go down a road at 65mph, they are OK in my book..lol)

      Now, if you were to add some heavy stucco siding, then you may have to reinforce the home (single wides get their strength from the top/roof so as long as that isn’t altered you have little to worry about).

      I’m sure you’re home is gonna be beautiful when it’s all done and I hope to hear from you again!
      Best,
      Crystal

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  2. CrystalMHL

    Hello!
    Congratulations on your new home!

    You can ask questions through the comments or send me an email and I'll do my best to get you pointed in the right direction. We also have a pretty active Facebook page where you can post questions and I along with other readers will help you best we can. My email is CrystalAdkins at MobileHomeLiving.org

    Thanks,
    Crystal

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  3. DomoNique

    My boyfriend bought a double-wide and we want to re-model the kitchen. I loved the pictures you have here! I wanted to know if you know how we could get some more advice and ideas.

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  4. CrystalMHL

    I'm sure you could! The 2013 awards are in April so we'll see if the curve/circular theme is still big. I think it would be a big selling point.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I appreciate it very much!

    Reply

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