’56 Spartan Executive Mansion

Tiny House Blog was one of the first blogs to feature mobile homes in a positive light. They were small by design and green by accident. Remodeling and updating them became the frugal shortcut to living well.

Of all the things that could lift the trailer trash stereotype, being green and having an environmentally friendly lifestyle finally got the stigma at least shifted.

One of their finest examples of remodeled vintage mobile homes is this 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion owned by Raymond and Colleen.

Spartan Executive Mansion


Spartan Executive Mansion

Raymond and Colleen apparently own several vintage models, a 1951 Spartan is mentioned in the comments by Colleen. She uses it as her sewing studio! I’m sure by owning several they know exactly where to put their money on the remodeling. Here’s Raymond’s description from the feature on Tiny House Blog:

“This view of the kitchen (above) shows the meat of the remodel (aside from removing all of the bulkheads forwards); laminate floor from the bathroom door forward, tile aft, with electric heat under the kitchen, bath, and bedroom. The original 24″ stove top and it’s associated cabinets were removed and a modern 30″range placed and I built a “side-board” that encloses our garbage/recycle with a narrow cabinet with drawers for utensils and the blender and other kitchen “stuff” that we don’t want cluttering up the kitchen counter. The wall oven is slated to go so that we can have a high-efficiency dishwasher in that location. The counter-tops are Granite and I managed to get the formica up in one piece, eliminating most of the metal strips that usually support these panels.

The article goes on to mention that they replace the window facings with yellow cedar and had a talented stone cutter cut 5 pieces of black granite.

Spartan Executive Mansion


Spartan Executive Mansion


Spartan Executive Mansion


Spartan Executive Mansion


Spartan Executive Mansion

This Spartan Executive Mansion is another great example of how any mobile or manufactured home can change with a few updates. Flooring and counters are probably the most popular choices because the make the most impact. This Spartan has a homey, comfortable vibe that makes me just want to cozy up to a good book on a rainy day and enjoy every single minute of it. Perhaps, half as cozy as the dog looks.
Can’t get enough of these awesome Spartans? Here are some more great articles!

The Shabby-Chic Spartan

An Unbelievable 1959 Spartan Imperial Mansion

Complete Restoration: ’51 Spartan Imperial Mansion

Thank you so much for reading Mobile Home Living!

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  1. Regina Brickett says

    True love! I used to have a 56 Buddy mobile home, 8X33. Your place reminds me of it. Wish I had never sold it!

  2. Marcia Curran says

    Beautiful, Colleen and Ray!!

  3. Marshall Hall says

    I am looking for a Spartan Executive Mansion or Imperial Mansion.

    1. David Bagwell says

      I just bought some property that has a house on it. When we got inside the house we found a 1956 Spartan Executive Mansion inside the house. It has been inside the house for about 47 years. Everything in the trailer looks like it did in 1956. Lamp shades and probably the curtains are there. Send me a Email if you would like pics. We are located 20 miles south of Huntsville, Alabama.

      1. Crystal Adkins says

        Hi David! I would love to see it! You can never see enough original Spartans or Airstreams! My direct email is crystaladkinswv@gmail.com or crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org. By all means, send them! Thank you!

    2. Conni says

      Did you ever find your Mansion?
      And where are you located?

      1. Conni says

        Yes, it’s in Bluff, Utah.
        I haven’t been on this site for a long time. Who’s asking?

    3. Conni says

      Hi Marshall, I’m hoping you found your Spartan by now, but if not, please get in touch with me. Thanks.

  4. Natalie Kravetz says


    Does anyone know how they prepped the space for the wood stove? Usually when I mention putting a wood stove in a trailer I get a lot of head shaking and “Oh Noez!”, but clearly it can be done.
    Any tips would be welcome!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Natalie!

      It absolutely can be done in any home! Just make sure you follow your home insurance guidelines – some of them are ridiculous. Here’s a couple articles on how to install a wood stove. We bought a little centennial wood stove from craigslist (about 2.5 foot high and circular) and will be installing it during Thanksgiving week and I’ll be sure to take lots of photos and write an informative article on it. Till then, here’s the articles I found:


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