As a Lifestylist®, I get asked all of the time why I am so passionate about manufactured and modular housing, and I always have the same answer - people.
There are few industries that are as personal as home building--we provide a safe and inviting environment for people to fall in love, raise their families and enjoy their twilight years in. It’s a responsibility I take personally, and I’ve learned that not only is the “product” important, but even more important to me is the people that are involved with turning a pile of lumber and materials into someone’s dream home.
If you haven’t read “First a Dream” you are missing out. Jim Clayton, the founder of Clayton Homes, shares his life story in it. It has lots of wonderful insight on life, housing, family and building a business.
I love knowing the story behind the company, and I think it’s important to know that both Jim and his son Kevin have lived in a manufactured home so they truly understand it inside and out.
Clayton Homes was founded on a dream, and the drive that the Clayton family has for building a great home and giving thousands of families a great place to work and pursue their own American dream is seen in every home that they build.
After traveling coast to coast to decorate homes for all of the major site built and manufactured housing manufacturers, I remember homes, but the memories that stay with me are of the people I’ve met.
Our industry helps to provide homes to people who never thought it would be possible to own a home of their own, and some of my favorite homes and people that I have met were not fancy expensive ones.
One memory was of a disabled veteran with five kids that could live under the same roof for the first time in five years getting the keys to their new home. Another memory was of a single Mom that, for the first time, had a yard of her own and a safe place for her kids to play.
Manufactured homes come in all sizes, shapes, and price ranges for all sorts of people.
Did you know that Clayton is one of the largest home builders of any kind in the United States? This year is the 40th anniversary for the beginning of HUD Code constructed manufactured homes, and the 60th anniversary for Clayton Homes!
I am thrilled to have been asked to share my ideas around prefab homes and my experiences with you, and hope that in future posts, I can help you be as excited as I am about finding and owning your new home.
Topics Manufactured Housing