SOURCE: Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA)

Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA)

November 04, 2016 05:30 ET

Kitchens trends top of list for manufactured home buyers

OKEMOS, MI--(Marketwired - November 04, 2016) - Keeping on pace with national trends, two areas that continue to receive extra emphasis in manufactured home design remain the kitchen and master suite, according to the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA).

"Customers are intrigued by the stylish kitchens that use custom colors like chocolates, ash tones, and Irish cream cabinets," noticed Danya Mallad, vice president of sales and marketing for HomeFirst, a manufactured home retailer based in Birmingham. Mallad is also seeing deeper kitchen sinks, gooseneck faucets, glass tile back splashes and plank-style flooring, along with traditional granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Additional high-end kitchen features include gourmet islands, pantries full of storage options, smart electronic stations and the continuing popular industrial light fixtures trend throughout the house.

"These new trends look like they came directly out of a page of a new home magazine," said Mallad.

"Based on the reactions of people touring six model homes during the recent MMHA Home Showcase at The Novi Home Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, these trends are what homebuyers are looking for," said MMHA Director, Darren Ing.

"The majority of the buying decision comes down to the kitchen and master bath," agrees Mallad. "Almost everyone that walks through will comment 'I can't believe this is a manufactured home.' We like to hit them with the unexpected."

Master suite bathrooms will continue to be spectacular and completely pampering. "I definitely see over-the-top showers with rainfall shower heads, body sprayers and full, gorgeous tile all along with shower towers," said Mallad.

When people come to an open house at Millstone Pond manufactured home community in Lenox, kitchens and bathrooms are typically the first things they ask about, acknowledged Ken Wendt, community manager. "Manufactured homes already come with pretty upscale kitchens, but you can always custom order your perfect kitchen," he said.

The MMHA is dedicated to educating the public about the benefits of manufactured and modular home living and connecting people interested in finding a community or home to MMHA members.

The Michigan Manufactured Housing Association (MMHA) is one of Michigan's oldest trade associations, founded in 1941. MMHA is a nonprofit association representing the manufactured and modular home industry in Michigan. For more information, visit the Michigan Manufactured Housing Association at www.michhome.org or contact MMHA, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, MI 48864-5978; 517.349.3300.

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