Learn how a 1978 single wide helped create Mobile Home Living and become the #1 Resource for mobile homeowners in the US



I’m Crystal Adkins, the creator of Mobile & Manufactured Home Living, aka Mobile Home Living or MHL.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

I hope MHL is a welcoming and informative resource for you. I hope it remains to be a place where we can all be proud of our homes, share all the great things about manufactured housing, and support each other.

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 the people that choose to live in them, deserve to be respected.

About Mobile Home Living’s Creator

About Mobile Home Living - Creator, Crystal Adkins

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 married for 19 years and we have one daughter named Livingston. Here she is hanging out at the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, WV.

livi at new river gorge


Why I Started Mobile and Manufactured Home Living


I started MHL after we bought a 1978 model single wide. I wanted to see how others 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 know what a URL was or how websites even 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 had basic repair knowledge. And I could pick the brains of our many construction contacts when needed.

I can’t help but think this was meant to be.

Somehow, Mobile Home Living evolved into what you see today. Mobile Home Living 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 be known so that keeps me motivated.


Our 1978 Single Wide Mobile Home Makeover

Here’s our mobile home before we gave it a vert 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:

kitchen before makeover

kitchen counter before makeover


We built the deck quickly after we moved in:

mobile home before painting the siding

Then we painted the siding, you can read about here. We have lot more great plans!

mobile home after painting siding


Here’s our living room now. I joke that my favorite style is ‘Pinterest’ cause there’s just so many great ideas there!

1978 single wide living room after makeover


living room after makeover

 Izzy, the Boston Terrier wonder dog, is a sweetheart!


The kitchen needs a lot more work though new paint and floors were a huge improvement.

kitchen after makeover


We have about a half an acre on the outskirts of a small WV town. Here’s our backyard:

side yard
back yard

Our front yard and neighbor:

front yard

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 similar framing and roofing that stick-built homes have. They just happen to be placed on a steel chassis with wheels.


In closing, 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 and would greatly appreciate your help.

Please allow me to feature your own mobile or manufactured home remodel or makeover, whether it be the whole home or just a room. We need more great manufactured home ideas and inspiration.

You can also tell your friends and family about MHL and share our articles on your Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter.

Thank you. I appreciate you reading MHL!


Livi and I


PS I’m always looking for homes and projects to feature! Any and all inspiration is appreciated! Please email me at crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org.


Thank you so much!