California Dreaming

Another busy week that has landed us in San Diego. Looking forward to three days of learning about the future of housing and taking advantage of meeting many of the decision makers.


A Weakness For Kitchen Gadgets

What??? You don't have a garlic chopper? How do you cook?

We can't pass up a cool kitchen gadget, especially when it's deep discounted. I may only use it once a year but when I need one I have it.

And this Lifestylist is serious about her garlic - this braided bunch came all the way from Canandaigua, NY. Some people get shot glasses when they travel, I get garlic.


Holiday Weekends

How can it possibly be Labor Day all ready? The Summer just started... didn't it? We've been so fortunate to spend a lot of our Summer in beautiful destinations like Chautauqua, The Fingers Lakes, New York City and of course Hideaway Lake. This weekend we had a wonderful photo shoot to work on with Lisa Stewart Photography of Bea's Boozy Pops for Thermador so we are toasting the weekend with an icy treat. Trust me, they are delicious and you'll be able to find the recipes on the Thermador website soon!


My Life as a Trailer Diva

Trailers, or manufactured homes constantly get a bad rap. Gone are the days of tires on the roofs and “tornado magnets” - today’s manufactured homes are actually a preferred form of housing.

After being a homebuilder and designing “traditional housing” for over 20 years I decided that the future had wheels and I wanted to roll along with that trend. After looking for 10 years, I’ve found my destiny – I’m now officially a Trailer Diva.

Why manufactured housing? Try to take any traditionally built home down the road at 65…OK, maybe 55 miles an hour and let me know how far you get. Whether a manufactured home is $20,000 or $2,000,000 they are built to withstand all of the potholes and issues that we have to face every day when we drive down the road.

There is a misconception that manufactured homes are made with “trailer parts” and to fix or replace anything in your home you would have to go to a special store and get special parts. Any home that I have been in is built with the same materials that you would find in any home (if not better) and you can upgrade your faucets or carpet at any home improvement store.

While working with Patriot Homes I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit all of their building centers and get to know quite a few of the people who are responsible for building these homes. They are an amazing group and really take pride in the homes that they build. When’s the last time you saw a happy contractor at a typical construction site? Another bonus with manufactured homes is that you have a workforce who works at the same location every day in a controlled environment and are supervised. Manufactured homes are built to national – not local codes and each home is inspected by a national inspector. Patriot’s northern plants are in areas that have a high concentration of Amish workers – true craftspeople that take great pride in their work.

Designing trailers is a blast! I haven’t met a snob yet and they have all been open to new ideas and trends. The day is coming where trends start in the manufactured housing field and then get picked up by site builders. MSNBC recently had a live poll and asked people if they would buy a manufactured home. Over 85% of the people polled stated that they would live in one if it was well designed.

The next time you are considering buying a new home or thinking about investing in a vacation or retirement home, take a look at what manufactured housing has to offer. I promise you it will be one of the best investments of time you will ever make.