Hello! welcome to Mobile Home Living®!
We’re America’s most popular resource for mobile home remodeling and decorating ideas. We feature house tours and share expert advice on all things mobile home.
Living small is nothing new. Mobile homes were the original tiny home and started the simple living movement decades ago.
Mobile homes can be just as beautiful as any traditional home and we are proving it with every home we share. We’re so glad you’re here and hope you join our little mobile home movement.
About Crystal Adkins, the Creator of Mobile Home Living®
Hi! I’m Crystal Adkins, the creator of Mobile Home Living.
I hope Mobile Home Living is a welcoming and informative resource for you. I wanted Mobile Home Living to be a place where we can all be proud of our homes, share helpful tips and advice on 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 40 years.
Yes, I’m a coal miners daughter named Crystal Gail (all
I’ve been with Joe for 22 years and we have a 15-year-old daughter named Livingston Grace, Liv for short.
Liv at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, WV
Starting Mobile Home Living
I started Mobile Home Living shortly after we bought
After we moved in, I searched for examples of mobile home remodels on Google but I didn’t find much. I figured if I was looking for these things and wanted to hear other homeowner’s stories about simple, debt-free living others may be interested, too.
I saw a void and figured I would try to fill it.
Luckily, I have lived in a mobile or manufactured home just about my entire life and my husband has been a master plumber for almost 20 years. In addition to our own repairs, I’ve helped him with
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 (besides Pinterest, of course).
I think it’s important that manufactured homes be seen in a positive light. Manufactured housing is one of the nation’s most affordable housing options and they’ve given me a place to call home for 40 years!
Our 1978 Single Wide Mobile Home Makeover
Here’s our 1978 Homette single wide in the coalfields of Southern West Virginia before its very affordable makeover. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but I’m very happy with it so far.
The entire home had its original, unpainted paneling but the ceiling and flooring had been modified. The home had a brand new metal roof installed the year before. The bones were good but the plumbing system was a total mess.
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:
We also have a 1965 Airstream Safari that we’ve been slowly refurbishing. The interior is about 85% finished but I need a couple of pieces of skin (aluminum) replaced so if you know anyone that has a 1968 model or older with a few panels of aluminum in good shape let me know! It has to be
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.
If you don’t own a manufactured home, I hope we’ve given you a closer look at the homes and a better understanding of them. Our latest articles are a great place to start:
- 1997 Clayton Double Wide Gets Gorgeous Farmhouse Makeover
- What to do About Yellow Bathtubs in Mobile Homes
- 1985 Skyline Double Wide Gets Fresh Coastal Farmhouse Remodel
- Amazing Before and After Mobile Home Remodel
- The Best Self-Supported Mobile Home Roof Over Designs
Get Featured on Mobile Home Living
I hope Mobile Home Living has helped by giving you inspiration, tips, or ideas for your own mobile home update or remodel.
You should share your projects!
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 [email protected] and we’ll get started.
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you found us and I look forward to hearing from you!
Thank you so much for stopping by,
Crystal Adkins, Founder Mobile Home Living