Hello! I’m Crystal Adkins, the creator of Mobile & Manufactured Home Living, aka Mobile Home Living! I hope you have enjoyed the site so far. I try my best to offer articles that are relevant and helpful to all manufactured homeowners. I read that I’m supposed to write a bit about myself in case your curious about the person behind the scenes so here goes: I’m the proud mother of an awesome 10 year old daughter named Livingston. My husband of 16+ years, Joe, is a master plumber and contractor as well as a local bass player. We all love animals and have 3 Boston Terriers named Mugsy, Izzy and Darwin and a cat named Charlie. We own a late 70′s model single wide in southern West Virginia and I also grew up in manufactured homes so I am fairly knowledgeable about them. My ultimate dream is to tour the country with a vintage mobile home (preferably a Spartan if possible) and I have a huge collection of mobile home memorabilia and books. Some people collect stamps, I collect mobile home stuff! I was raised by a single father and he has worked in an underground coal mines for more than 37 years. Yep, I’m a coal miners daughter named Crystal Gail – all ya’ll country music fans should get that reference. ;) He’s a good man and he taught me A LOT about cars, motorcycles and houses which is how I ended up being pretty good at repairing things. I love vintage cars and homes and always joked that I was born in the wrong era. Camping, canoeing and reading are my favorite activities and I live 4 miles from the beautiful New River Gorge Bridge so I’m in white water rafting paradise. :) I also love art and can draw and paint fairly well though I never do it anymore. I attended Marshall University, you may know MU through the movie “We Are Marshall” which chronicled the tragic plane crash that killed the entire football team in the early 70′s. It’s a good school that gave me a good education although I never finished, even after 9 semesters (young love is a powerful thing..lol). Since then, I’ve had a few really cool jobs. I’ve worked in a NASCAR body shop, ran printing presses, and worked at a newspaper designing advertisements but most of my work experience is in accounting and insurance. I’m environmentally aware but I can’t say that I’m 100% environmentally friendly, yet. There’s a few things I still need to work on. In my mid-twenties I began driving Caterpillar 777′s on strip mine reclamation’s for over a year. You know those huge Tonka truck look-a-likes with the 10+ foot tires? That’s a 777! We went to strip mines and cleaned them up after they were finished extracting the coal. This made the land reusable and made the homes at the bottom of the mountain safe from flooding and landslides. The destruction was heartbreaking though and the more I found out about how the whole system worked, the more I got angry. You see, the coal companies that take the coal from the mountains weren’t responsible for cleaning up the site once the coal was removed. They lease the land, blast to get to the coal and go to the next mountain. OUR taxes pay to clean up a millionaire’s mess! Now, don’t get me wrong; we need coal (I’m a coal miners daughter, after all) but there’s better ways to get to it then blasting away half a mountain and then leaving it! (Rant over, sorry!) I started MMHL after we bought our late 70′s model single wide. I wish I could say we only bought it in an effort to be environmentally friendlier and live debt free, but I can’t. We were young and dumb and made a lot of mistakes both financially and otherwise. We lived in NC and FL for years and we did fine living paycheck to paycheck but I wanted to raise our daughter near family and mountains. WV isn’t known for it’s thriving economy so the only way to do it was to buy the cheapest place possible. Our plan is to remodel this mobile home into our dream home. I looked online for ideas and examples of mobile home transformations but I couldn’t find much at all. Of course, I found a little bit, but nothing like what I found for regular homes so I gave it try. I didn’t know anything about starting a website, but I found an article and followed all the directions and now you’re here! The mission of MHL is simple: to provide remodeling and decorating inspiration as well as home improvement tips for all manufactured homes. On a side note, I won’t allow negativity of any kind because our homes have had enough, as have the people living in them. I can’t stand the term trailer trash! I also can’t stand the term redneck or hillbilly if they are used in a derogatory manner. While I’m proudly as country as can be; I still know which fork to use at the dinner table! While you’re here, I wanted to share a few really great blogs that are written by some awesome ladies living in manufactured homes. They have been so kind to me and allowed me to feature their homes here on MHL. I hope they all know how much I appreciate them! My Heart’s Song has one of the most beautiful single wide remodels you will ever see! My Mobile Home Makeover is a great site about the transformation of a double wide. You’ll love it! My Little River Cabin is a blog dear to my heart. It’s an exact replica of my home with just a few small differences and it’s completely remodeled! New Pioneer Diary is a great blog and the writer lives in a single wide you will love! TrailerChic Girls is a blog that will absolutely tickle your heart. 2 neighbors, 2 vintage single wides and 2 beautiful remodels! I hope this site has planted a few seeds of inspiration for your own mobile home update or remodel and if you don’t own a manufactured home, I hope it’s given you a closer look at just how awesome our homes can be! PS: Please send me your mobile home remodels and updates! Thank you, Crystal (and Joe and Livingston, too!) Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back!