1978 single wide living room after makeover

About Mobile Home Living

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.

Mobile homes were the original tiny home and started the simple living movement decades ago.

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 ya’ll country music fans should get that reference)!

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 a 1978 single wide in 2011.

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 dozens of mobile home repair and improvement projects over the years. I can also pick the brains of our many construction colleagues when needed.

I can’t help but think this was all 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 (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:

kitchen before makeover
The kitchen and dining room when we bought the 1978 single wide.
kitchen counter before makeover
The kitchen when we first bought the home.

We built the deck quickly after we moved in:

mobile home before painting the siding
1978 Homette single wide, 12’x58′ – our home sweet home.

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

mobile home after painting siding
Our 1978 Homette, where Mobile Home Living started, after we painted the 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.
living room after makeover
Living room.

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

The kitchen needs a lot more work. New paint and floors made a huge improvement.

kitchen after makeover
It’s an end-kitchen!

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

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View from the back porch.
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Another view from the back porch.
Mobile Home Living headquarters - front yard
The view from the front door.

1965 Airstream

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 a 1968 because that’s the last year they used the high shine aluminum.

Let’s start a movement that shows the world what real mobile home living is all about.

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:

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!

Livi and I
Crystal Adkins and her daughter Liv

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Crystal Adkins, Founder Mobile Home Living and Manufactured Media LLC

16 thoughts on “About Mobile Home Living”

  1. Chuck Kiesewetter

    Hi,
    I have lost your e-mail – got a new laptop – and planning on replacing all the windows in my home. I have been searching MHL for articles on how to do that with no joy.

    Did a miss an article ? [email protected]

    Chuck

  2. Hi Crystal:

    I really enjoy your Mobile Home Living website information – very informative, extremely useful, and helpful. I often forward them to friends.

    My concern is for people living on a fixed income, including me. Are there any parks anywhere that give long-term leases to tenants? I know there are Resident Owned Communities, but they are few and far between, and usually difficult to get into.

    I am in the Portland, OR area and there are lots of Mobile Homes available in parks, but I also realize that the land can be sold at any time when there is no guarantee or protection for renters.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you so much, and please keep up the good work; you are doing a wonderful job.

    Bridget Santos

  3. Please read an interesting article about manufactured housing and the housing crunch in the Boston Globe, 10/5/2018. Very applicable for your newsletter

  4. Chuck Kiesewetter

    Hello,
    I just finished the guest room and attempted to send you my pictures. I used your e-mail that we used before but it came back – if you would like to use my guest room please send me an e-mail.

    Chuck

  5. How do I reach your company?? I want to do a full remodeling of a single wide trailer in Columbus Country NC

  6. Hi Crystal, just discovered your site was hoping you could give me some insight to whether or not you feel a product I’m developing (not in stores yet) would be beneficial to the mobile home industry. I haven’t ever lived in a mobile home, but my wife and I are considering moving to Florida and getting one when I retire in a few years.

    The product I’m developing I call “UpScale”. My whole life I’ve never had a place to keep a bathroom scale where it can be used and not tripped over. I think UpScale is perfect for mobile homes where you may not have a spot in your bathroom to keep a scale. I show on my website and video that even the smallest 1/2 bath has from for one. In fact, I show that I could even fit two in there (the back of the door is very usable space!).

    I’m just not sure what the demographics for the average mobile home user is. Do they have a need for a bathroom scale? I’m curious to hear what your opinion on the idea is. Also, if you have any other comments or suggestions I’d love to hear them.

    Thanks for any insight
    Brian Wood
    http://UpScaleYourBathroom.com

    1. Hi Brian,

      I rarely let links stay in the comments (we get tons of irrelevant spam even with spam blockers) but you have a really neat product and I like it! I think you have a great idea. I’d maybe work on the hardware, it’s a little bulky for the smaller mobile homes and RV’s but for a regular house, you have a winner. Maybe an inner cabinet system where you don’t have to see the scale unless you open the cabinet door?

      I love seeing people fill voids and fix problems. Best of luck to you!

  7. Your website is an wonderful encyclopedia for those of us with manufactured homes.I have a question which I’ve yet to find a real answer . Our home was built in 1995 amd we have the gray polybutylene water pipes and while we were on our well we had “decent” water pressure. We refinanced and FHA said we had to connect to the county line. The good point was having a pressure release valve installed close to the house so we have immediate access to water cut off if we need it. The problem is the water pressure is generally lower and when one toilet is flushed the pressure in the adjoining sink pressure goes down as does other faucets in the rest of the house. I’ve increased the pressure at the valve”slightly” but it did not help much. Other than a complete water line replacement, do you have any suggestions as to what to do or references I might check to figure this out. I would like to have consistent “decent” water pressures throughout the house. Thank you for your help. Again, your website and the simplicity of your explanations are great. Sandy Redfern

    1. Hi Sandy,

      Check the screen in the pressure reducing valve. New lines mean lots of dirt and it could have entered the line. Remember, most pressure reducing valves are the opposite of “lefty loosey, righty tighty” so make sure you actually opened it up instead of reducing it.

      Best of luck!

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