Hello! I’m Crystal Adkins, the creator of Mobile Home Living.
Thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope Mobile Home Living is a welcoming and informative resource for you. I hope it is a place where we can all be proud of our homes, share all the great things about manufactured housing, and support each other with positivity and love.
I try my best to offer articles that are relevant and helpful to all manufactured homeowners. I take the advocacy of manufactured homes seriously because our homes, and all of us living in them, deserve to be respected.
I was raised in southern West Virginia by a single father that worked in the same underground coal mine for 39 years. Yes, I’m a coal miners daughter named Crystal Gail (all ya’ll country music fans should get that reference)!
I’ve been with Joe for 21 years and we have a daughter named Livingston Grace. Here she is hanging out at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, WV when she was around 8:
Why I Started Mobile and Manufactured Home Living
I started MHL after we bought a 1978 single wide. I wanted to see how other homeowners had remodeled their mobile homes so I looked online for ideas and examples of mobile home remodels but I didn’t find much.
I saw a void and figured I would try to fill it.
The only problem was my complete and total ignorance about websites, blogging, and the internet in general.I didn’t even know how websites worked, really. Fortunately, I was able to Google my way through but there were a lot of hiccups along the way.
Luckily, I have lived in manufactured housing my entire life (except for 7 months as a college freshman) and my husband is a master plumber. We have helped with many mobile home repair and improvement projects so I have basic repair knowledge and I can pick the brains of our many construction friends when needed.
I can’t help but think this was meant to be.
Somehow, Mobile Home Living evolved into what you see today. This site is now the most popular manufactured home repair, remodeling, and decorating resource online!
I think it’s important that manufactured homes be seen in a positive light and their advantages are known so that keeps me motivated.
Our 1978 Single Wide Mobile Home Makeover
Here’s our mobile home in West Virginia before we gave it a very affordable makeover. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but I’m very happy with it so far! We don’t have a mortgage and that is AWESOME!
Here’s the kitchen and dining room when we first bought our home:
We built the deck quickly after we moved in:
Then we painted the siding, you can read about here. We have lot more great plans!
Here’s our living room now. I joke that my favorite style is ‘Pinterest’ cause there’s just so many great ideas there!
Izzy, the Boston Terrier wonder dog, is a sweetheart!
The kitchen needs a lot more work. New paint and floors made a huge improvement.
We have about a half an acre on the outskirts of a small WV town. Here’s our backyard:
Our front yard and neighbor:
Mobile Home Living’s Mission
The mission of MHL is simple – to provide mobile and manufactured home remodeling and decorating ideas, home improvement help, and other relevant information for all makes and models of factory-built homes.
Affordable housing is needed more than ever and these homes are not the tin-cans that some people think of – they are real homes built with the same framing and roofing that stick-built homes have. They just happen to be placed on a steel chassis with wheels.
I hope Mobile Home Living has helped by giving you inspiration, tips, or ideas for your own mobile home update or remodel.
If you don’t own a manufactured home, I hope it’s given you a closer look at the homes and a better understanding of them.
I want Mobile Home Living to become the go-to site for all things mobile and manufactured home. I would love for us to start a movement that shows the world what real mobile home living is all about. We can get rid of those stupid stereotypes and stigmas once and for all!
I would greatly appreciate it if you told your friends and family about us and share our articles on your favorite social media. Also, I’m always looking for homes to feature so please allow me to share your mobile or manufactured home remodels and makeovers, whether it be the whole home or just a room. Just email me at email@example.com
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found us and I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you so much!