Why Live in a Mobile Home?

There is an estimated 20 million Americans living in mobile homes, according to Census figures. (2013)  Why so many, you ask? Why so few, I ask?

Most people that live in mobile homes, choose to now. As a matter of fact, mobile homes aren’t really mobile homes anymore (anything before July 1976 are mobile homes), they are manufactured homes. The difference is that after July 1976, HUD enacted regulations that these companies had to follow which made them safer and more resilient. If you would like to read HUD’s regulations, you can find them here. And with those regulations, they made mobile homes the same or even safer then a stick built. Think about it. Your house didn’t travel down the highway at 60-70 or more miles per hour. My house did. Hurricane’s and tornado’s usually last about 10 minutes on the ground ( Yes I know they can last for over an hour with a path of 15 miles) My house traveled for up to 2-3 days. Once it was delivered, it had to be strapped down so it wouldn’t be so easily lifted in a storm, the same as yours (I don’t live in tornado alley, thank God, very close but no).

Mobile home (yes, I still use that term) decor has come a long way also. Everything inside is still matchy matchy, but it’s better. They now have pitched roofs, shingles instead of the flattened curved treated roof. You can get single wides, double wides and even triple wides and if I remember correctly, you can even get them with a full upstairs. They look more like a stick built home then they used to. You can get shingled roof, real siding, you name it.

Why do people choose to live in manufactured homes? You will spend a lot less than if you build a stick built. You can place it on your land or a mobile home community. You are debt free way sooner than a stick built (eg: Buy that snazzy black sports car sooner).  Once you set them up, you can barely tell them apart from a stick built.

I don’t know about other places, but I don’t see the stigma of living in a mobile home or a mobile home community. Most mobile home communities require an interview with the community owner to go over the rules of the community. And also told if you disrupt their community, you are out whether you own the mobile home or not. They are some of the safest places to live. I think there is only one in this area that doesn’t police their community, and most wouldn’t think of living there.

My husband and I have been married over 30 years, have owned 3 mobile homes and have never thought of looking, buying or building a stick built house. They are easily and cheaply updated/upgraded and the mobile home look removed. You wont know a nicely remodeled mobile home is a mobile home from the inside. And that’s what we will be doing.

So, come along for the ride, it’s going to be a good one. We just bought a 1991 14 x 70, 2 bed, 2 bath  Fleetwood Vogue and we are going to remodel a bit, cook a bit, DIY a bit but always have fun doing it. As I always say, buckle up Betty, it’s going to be a wild ride. See you soon.

 

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Getting to the Heart of the Matter

 

 

Hi all, sorry to be gone so long.

Where to start…..

Three years ago…. My life came crashing down…Yet again…

Friday, November 14, 2014

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Wannabe Ex-Smoker

Ick

Yeah, that was me for over 40 years, closer to 50 actually. I have tried almost everything on the market to stop 🚬 and just could never stop. I had almost stopped when my hubby was discharged from the hospital after his cancer surgery in 2007. I would go outside to smoke so I wouldn’t be around him doing it. Then I smelled it on him…Mmmhmm, you know what happened. I didn’t really enjoy it anymore, and the smell is awful.

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Pet Peeve

Irritation

I just followed a link from pinterest “Best Shabby Decoration Ideas”, which lead me to a blog. No, not a blog, just about 25 big ‘ol pictures of cute things. So, that lead to one of my biggest pet peeve or major irritation at seeing these nice pictures on pinterest, and you follow the link, and you get there and all it is is pictures!! Or follow from one blog to another blog, then another, on and on.

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Setting Priorities

When planning a remodel that covers the whole house, and you’re on a budget, you need to set priorities.

Also, its nice to do one thing through the whole house at once because you can see progress and wont get discouraged. Like, we will be removing the battens and filling the seams and holes in all rooms. So, we will remove all the battens at once in all rooms. Then we will fill the seams and holes in all rooms at once. I am planing on painting the rooms different colors, so the painting will wait, but, I will prime the walls as we go.

Other than that, I have to really sit down and decide what I want to work on first. I think maybe the kitchen, my eyes are always drawn there first because of the dark wallpaper and the island (I lurve my island!!). The kitchen is going to be pricey, but that’s ok. It’s a big area consisting of kitchen, dining area, pantry and laundry room. It will be what I want, not what a manufactured home manufacturer decided to put in.

The whole mobile home will be in the farmhouse style. and you know, what’s farmhouse without an apron sink? *does snoopy happy dance* LOL! OK, so, let me go and make plans of what needs done and what I want in the finished kitchen.

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Toilet Fizzie’s

I found this recipe on some blog or something a few years ago and I absolutely love it. It takes care of odors and the fizzy loosens dirt and stains so things aren’t hard to clean. You’ll love them!

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My Bucket List to Glam

In order to get to my glam bucket list, I have to do some basic mundane bucket list things first.

My basic, mundane bucket list for my mobile home is a long one. Some things will be room specific, others will be through out my mobile home. You walk into the living room from outside, but the living room looks good, bland, but good. My whole house paint is pictured below. The intellectual grey looks really dark, so I’m changing it to revere pewter, which will be in the living room and possibly the kitchen/dining area. The master bedroom paint is silvermist which is supposed to be grey that looks green at times and blue at times, but it looks awful blue on the swatch.My fav, fav, fav color is in the master bath, guest bath and laundry room, sea salt. The master bedroom has a really good chance of being sea salt also.

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