Homesteading is best described as a movement of self-sufficiency. It’s about living off the land, reusing materials, and being less dependent on modern conveniences. While homesteading is often associated with simplicity it is far from being an easy lifestyle to live. Even with modern technology, such as manufactured homes, homesteading is hard work.
Growing up in the hollows of Southern West Virginia was a great lesson in homesteading for me though I didn’t realize there was a word for it. We hunted, gardened, dried, and canned. Livestock was everywhere. We had wood or coal stoves and made beautiful homemade quilts to keep warm in the winter. If something broke we fixed it ourselves or bartered with friends that could. It was self-sufficiency at its finest because there was no other way. We were an hour from modern civilization!
Homesteading with Manufactured Homes = Manufactured Homesteading
Homesteading is an art of frugality too. It’s perfect for those wanting to live debt-free or opt out of society completely on a lone piece of land in the middle of nowhere and live completely off the land.
Modern Homesteading is often associated with trailers and manufactured homes because they are so affordable and easily transportable. You can have a complete home transported and setup quickly on land that would be otherwise uninhabitable.
New Life on a Homestead
We’ve published a few articles about mobile homeowners and their journeys to self-sufficiency. Today we’re going to visit another family that has transformed a double wide into a beautiful homesteading paradise.
Kendra from the popular blog New Life on a Homestead is an expert in homesteading. She has hundreds of great articles on every subject pertaining to homesteading on her blog. Whatever you want to learn about the subject, I guarantee there’s and article for it!
Kendra and her husband purchased their double wide in February 2008. It was a foreclosure and they paid around $22,000 for the home. Kendra explains:
We bought it Feb ’08 as a foreclosure. It is a 2200 sq. ft. modular, and it came on a little piece of land. It was severely trashed when we got it. The whole place was splattered with mud, grease from a motorcycle, and who knows what else from ceiling to floor (literally)! And the smell was horrible! It wreaked of wet dog and cigarette smoke. There were holes in the doors, walls, and cabinets. The bathrooms and kitchen were beyond disgusting. And windows were broken. We all had to thoroughly sanitize our hands every time we visited the house. Little Jada nicknamed it “The Dirty House”.
Manufactured Homesteading – The Before Photos
As Kendra stated, the double wide had been mistreated a bit but it was mostly cosmetic damage. The home was structurally sound, even if there was a motorcycle stored in the living room!
New Life on a Homestead – After the Makeover
The result of Kendra’s makeover is inspiring. They live in a great home that meets their needs and provides them plenty of comfort and style.
Kendra was able to completely makeover the space without spending a dime! Read all about it here.
Kendra and her family prove again that you can have a beautiful home regardless of how much you pay for it!
The family is almost completely self-sufficient now. They’ve built a greenhouse onto their home in order to grow food year round and are close to going off the grid.
Going off the grid has allowed Kendra to remove the dishwasher and gain valuable storage space:
Gardening is a very important step toward self-sufficiency and manufactured homesteading. Kendra has lots of raised beds as well as the greenhouse.
Kendra and her family are so inspiring – they have a gorgeous family, a beautiful home, and live exactly how they want. It’s an honorable and commendable way of life!
It’s great to see people living their dream of homesteading.
A big thank you to Kendra for sharing her knowledge and allowing me to feature her beautiful home on MHL.
All images property of New Life on a Homestead.
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