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his is what everybody needs,” Barbara McIntyre says as she dumps the contents of a box, newly arrived from Germany, on her work table. “The proverbial bag of heads.” Rest easy—these are porcelain heads purchased on eBay, and the Carpinteria, California resident is a mixed-media artist. We’re standing in the stick-built section of her half-acre property—a garage add-on, which Biff, her other half (a general contractor), completed after the couple purchased their Silvercrest triple-wide back in 1997. The McIntyre’s path to the wonders of manufactured home living came on the heels of the economic downtown of the 1980’s. “Since my husband’s a builder we’d decided to do a spec house just before the Gulf War broke out. Unfortunately, we ended up getting stuck with two homes. But we were able to finally sell our first one for what we paid and stayed in the other for as long as we could. When the market came up a bit, we sold that too.” Understandably, with a home-builder in the family, all of McIntyre’s previous homes had been custom built. But after continued

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