When Apartment Therapy features a single wide mobile home you know it’s gotta be special!
The popular website uses the term ‘unconventional’ and ‘thinking out of the box’ to describe the mobile home. Perhaps the writer isn’t aware that over 20 million American’s live in mobile and manufactured homes and just aren’t used to seeing factory built homes that have been updated so beautifully? Still, the fact that Apartment therapy is showcasing a mobile home like this is promising – our homes really are becoming more accepted in the media!
We know this is anything but unconventional! In fact, it’s exactly what Mobile and Manufactured Home Living features – stylish mobile home decor, remodels and updates for homes of all ages. With dozens of featured homes under our belt, we know there’s nothing ‘unconventional’ about it – it’s just real people, real homes, and well, real life!
Rebecca Caridad Facteau and her husband Dustin live in Boulder, Colorado. They have lived in the 750 sq. foot single wide for 3.5 years and what they’ve managed to do with it is inspiring. It’s personalized from top to bottom and end to end!
Dustin is a chemist and Rebecca is a photographer and calligraphy artist. The space serves as both home and studio for her.
The writer describes the couple’s situation:
After years of spending money on rentals that never quite felt like home, Rebecca and Dustin set out to find something to call their own without breaking the bank, in hopes of avoiding a life centered around paying down a massive 15-30 year mortgage. They started thinking outside the box, and we’re so glad they did. This unconventional thinking lead to the discovery of a small plot of land ten minutes from downtown, set on the Boulder creek, and just one block from Rebecca’s work.
Yes, it was a trailer park. I understand that in many people’s minds the idea of living in a mobile home may come with certain preconceived notions. Well, all I have to say is get ready to have your expectations blown out of the water!
You would not believe the brilliance that comes from breaking away from the status quo. While this type of abode is not for everyone, the level of “hominess” and personality that Rebecca and Dustin have been able to create in their mobile home is unmatched in most traditional house choices I’ve seen. And with a price tag sitting at a fraction of the cost of any ordinary dwelling, this pair of adventurers are free to pursue a lifestyle centered on doing what they love, enriched by what means the most to them, creative business pursuits and overseas travel.
The one thing that stands out in the photos is the imperfections and that’s what makes it so perfect!
This is a home that probably looked rough when the couple first bought it, which is something all of us living debt-free that opted to purchase a very affordable used manufactured home can relate to. Chances are, they had never updated a home before but the results are still amazing.
The Living Room
Hip, retro, and Scandinavian modern are probably the best adjectives to describe this mobile home decor.
In the photo above you can see the beetle kill counter top. Beetle Kill refers to the mountain pine beetle epidemic taking over the forests. The beetle lays eggs right under the bark which kills the tree and gives the wood a blue hue. It is a very environmentally friendly material that is still as strong as an undamaged tree.
A gorgeous splash of color on the kitchen island adds a dramatic effect to the space.
The Master Bedroom
The owners answered a few questions for Apartment Therapy:
My Style: Eclectic, Cottagey, DIY.
Inspiration: Small space tours and articles on blogs and websites. It is really easy for things to look cluttered quickly in small spaces. Even if there is just one thing out of place or one too many things, it can feel overwhelming.
Favorite Element: Our favorite element is how affordably we get to live in Boulder, CO. Also small spaces inspire you to be minimal, which we love. I think it emphasizes what is important.
Biggest Challenge: The hardest thing for us is that we have so many plans for our space and we don’t have enough money or time for them right now. We are learning patience with our home projects. One thing at a time!
What Friends Say: Our friends say that they feel like the space is a nice reflection of us and our everyday style. People definitely seem surprised with what we have done to a trailer. I think there is still quite a taboo when it comes to mobile homes. I hope that goes away, because any space can be made beautiful and homey.
Biggest Embarrassment: I would say our windows and our flooring. Cork floor is really pretty, but it is really soft and sadly we have pretty much destroyed it since we’ve lived here. The windows and floors are our biggest projects that we want to do, and they probably bother us more than anything else.
Proudest DIY: We have so many! Probably our proudest is our recent pallet wall project. We also really love our beetle kill pine counters in the kitchen.
Biggest Indulgence: Definitely our refrigerator. When we moved in the one that was here was the original fridge that was included in the home when it was built, at least that is what we assume. We knew that had to be our first big investment.
Best Advice: After trying to do a lot at once we realized that doing one project at a time worked a lot better for our sanity. I think it is important to have at least once part of your space sort of “put together,” so when the part you are working on is crazy you have somewhere to escape to when you need a break.
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