Thursday, April 26, 2018

Introducing Our Mini Home Series

Mini Home Series 
at G&I Homes of Whitney Point

Tiny houses have received increasing media coverage, including multiple television shows and thousands of Pinterest boards for the DIYer. The tiny house movement advocates living simply in small homes. A residential home under 500 square feet is generally considered to be a tiny home. We like to consider homes under 900 square feet as a “mini home”. Tiny houses on wheels are very similar to RVs. However, our mini houses are built to last as long as traditional homes, using our high standard building techniques and materials, and are aesthetically similar to our larger floor plans.

Our mini house series offers transitional and affordable housing that is economically accessible and sustainable. The downsizing of space paired with our Energy Smart package can lead our customers towards living simpler lifestyles. Small houses are also used as additional housing for aging relatives or returning children, a home office, or a guest house.

One of the biggest obstacles of the tiny house movement is finding a place to live in one. Zoning regulations specify minimum square footage for new construction on a foundation. The minimum size can vary by zone classification, even within the same county or city. Zoning ordinances also determine things like how far apart homes must be placed, how large your property must be for a home to be built, height limits and many other requirements. For tiny houses on wheels, parking on your own land is prohibited by local regulations, and is considered camping. Tiny houses on wheels are considered RVs and not suitable for permanent residence, according to the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association).

Building codes set minimum requirements for how different types of buildings should be constructed. These regulations are set in place for the safety of the people that may occupy the building. The HUD building code describes the building requirements that manufactured homes must follow to be safe and durable. Building codes generally have guidelines regarding minimum square footage, minimum ceiling height, sanitation systems, toilet, bath and shower spaces, electrical wiring, etc.

We tackle this problem by showing local governments the quality of our tiny homes and their design as permanent, affordable dwellings for families. Our mini homes meet all applicable state and local requirements and have gone through multiple internal inspections.

By building with quality materials and following applicable state and local building requirements, we make sure that homes are safe for homeowners while still having a cute and quant, space efficient design. We ensure that our homes are built to all applicable state and local building requirements, as well as zoning requirements. If a city has minimum size requirements, we consider how we can adjust the home’s floor plan to meet those specific zoning ordinances.

G., E. Nicole. “Building and Zoning Tiny Homes.” Clayton Blog,

“Tiny House Movement.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 15 Apr. 2018,

Monday, January 29, 2018

File in Style

This tax season, work the runway to a brand new, energy efficient home. Tax refund season is approaching, and we know you are looking to take your refunds to the next level.

Do just that during Clayton Homes’ “File in Style” Sale. Starting January 1 and continuing through April 30, get on trend with tons of bargains on new Energy Smart Homes starting under $60,000.*

*Starting sales prices are for the home only and do not include delivery, installation or other costs such as taxes, title fees, insurance premiums, filing or recording fees, land or land improvements, optional home features or installation services, wheels and axles, or any other items not shown on your Sales Agreement, Retailer Closing Agreement and related documents (your SA/RCA). Homes starting at under $60,000 with the Energy Smart package will vary by retailer and state.  See your local Clayton Family of Brands retailer for selection of homes on sale and complete pricing details.

Why Should You “File in Style”?

Owning a home is the ultimate dream for many Americans, but some become intimidated by the process. Let G&I Homes help you make this dream a reality in 2018! So, why should you File in Style?

File in Style to find a safe place for your family to call home…
File in Style to make an affordable and stylish home your own…
File in Style to get energy efficient appliances…
File in Style to score a great deal on a home under $60,000*!!!

According to recent data from the IRS, the average taxpayer who received a refund in 2017 collected $2,763, which is an increase from $2,711 in 2016.1 That is a nice chunk of change, and if invested correctly, it could get you the home of your dreams.

By filing in style and investing in a quality built home, you will have a place for your family to live for many years to come. Instead of spending your tax refund on small items, invest your money on the home of your dreams. You can do this by putting your refund toward a deposit, moving costs, new furniture, etc!

Why Buy a Home This Tax Season?

If you choose to use your tax refund toward a new home, manufactured and modular homes are the perfect place to start your search. Not only are manufactured homes an affordable option, by choosing a G&I home, you are ensured a modern, strong and durable place for your family to call home.

With hundreds of home options, you will easily find the perfect match to suit all your family’s unique needs. Our homes offer customizable options and state-of-the-art features including energy efficient appliances and family friendly options.

New Year, New Home!

Make the dream of homeownership come true in 2018 during our File in Style tax season sale! Stop by and see us in Whitney Point to discover the wide array of options available to suit all your family’s needs.

Our team will be there from start to finish to guide you through the entire home buying journey. We will help you find a great deal and get you in your dream home sooner than you know it.

If you are unable to visit us just yet, check out our website! Browsing online can help you find stunning homes for under $60,000* this season. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for posts on new homes, impressive options and exciting events for the entire family!

"IRS Sees Millions of Tax Returns Last Days of Tax Filing Season." Internal Revenue Service. April 25, 2017. Accessed January 09, 2018.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

New Year, New Organized Home

Put your house, instead of yourself, on a diet! Naturally, with the arrival of the new year, we're eager to improve all aspects of our lives, and that includes the space we live in. Our homes are where we spend much of our time and they deserve some nice refreshing changes to start the new year in the right way, too. A beautiful space with the right elements can instantly transform our mood and make us feel more refreshed, relaxed and happy. There’s no better time for some improvements than the passage of the new year! Here are 10 Home Organization tips because sometimes it’s nice to have a little inspiration when you are looking to get your home in order!

1. Laundry Room – I think this deserves its own blog post, so stay tuned! Laundry rooms have evolved from the grungy, empty basements we were used to in the past. There are some things you can do to greatly enhance your laundry room and lighten your workload. For a start, you can have a spare refrigerator placed in the laundry room. This can come in handy when you are looking to hide away an extra stash of beverages. You can even have your personal dog washing station right in the laundry room that will have friends with a pooch very envious. You can also raise your washer and dryer by making use of a platform. This way, you do not have to bend down and strain your back when taking clothes out of the washer and dryer, while making a great use of space for storage. It is also helpful to have built-in laundry hampers to keep the laundry room tidy without much effort.
“Laundry Room Organization Ideas.” Passion for Savings, 12 Sept. 2017,

2. Mudroom Makeover – Your mudroom may be a part of your laundry room, so I’ll keep this short, until next time. The mudroom is usually our first step into the place we call home, the place where we kick off our shoes to ease into the relaxed, at-home version of ourselves. It's a catch-all for going out things like dirty boots and bags, so it needs to be highly functional. But that doesn't mean it can't be a beautiful space that works hard, but also welcomes us home.
Mitchell, Nancy. “Mudrooms That Work Hard & Welcome You Home in Style.” Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, LLC., 21 May 2017,

3. Over the Door Shelf – Consider a good use of space by installing a shelf over the door for extra bathroom storage. This is also a great idea for a garage or a bedroom to keep things out of the reach of children.
“50 Insanely Clever Organizing Ideas.” DIY Home Sweet Home,

4. Wrapping Paper Storage – In honor of Christmas coming to an end, use a wire shelf to neatly store rolls of wrapping paper. You can also use a scrap piece of wood or a bungee cord.
“50 Insanely Clever Organizing Ideas.” DIY Home Sweet Home,

5. A Perfect Pantry – An organized pantry is so satisfying. Having bins and jars that fit the space is a huge factor to creating an organized pantry. Clear or open bins are perfect so you can see what is inside. Labels are a big contributor to keeping it organized once the job is done. If you don’t label the jars and bins, you have no idea what is in them and even if you can remember, more than likely your family will not. Kids and significant others will know where everything goes and you can rest assured knowing that packing lunches, prepping meals and putting groceries away will be much easier and time saving!
“How to Organize Your Pantry and a Pretty Pantry Makeover.” Classy Clutter, 12 Sept. 2017,

6. DIY Attic Storage – By using the attic as a storage room you can greatly reduce your clutter! The attic storage space depends on a home’s style. Creating custom shelves with scrap wood or other materials, the attic is turned into a reliable storage space without losing floor space! Finish off the space by organizing your decorations and other clutter in color coded bins with labels.
“Creative Attic Storage Ideas and Solutions You Should Know.” VeryHom, 30 Aug. 2016,

7. Command Center – The start of a new year is the perfect time to put together a command center. Start by designating a spot in your house where paperwork will go every time it enters your house. Once you designate a space, you want to consider what key elements will work best for your family. Some ideas include: monthly calendar, kids’ boards, mail, budget, receipts, coupons, homework bin, work/school schedules, storage for office supplies, etc.
“20 Command Center Ideas to Inspire.” UnOriginal Mom, 19 Mar. 2017,

8. Home Office – Because we spend most of our time at work, our home offices are sometimes forgotten. However, you can have a functional home office that looks beautiful and well organized. If you have a small space, the key is to make the best of it. If you don’t have a big desk or a lot of storage space, make use of your wall space by adding shelves and a whiteboard. Start your journey to an organized office by sorting through all your documents. I love this binder organization idea!
Freeman, Heather. “9 Steps to a More Organized Office.” Decor Fix, 18 Oct. 2016,
“Home.” Pinterest, 10 Oct. 2014,

9. Pretty Playroom – Dedicating a space in your home to toys poses a challenge. All the plastic pieces may be together to one place, but keeping it organized can be a struggle, especially if the space is small. Organizing rooms with storage shelving can be worth the investment for the right room.  Shelving units can be so multi-functional from displaying books, showcasing decor, and storing toys and other items.
Haybowen. “13 Ways to Finally Organize Kids Toys -.” Faux Sho, 16 Oct. 2017,

10. Dream Closet - My personal favorite - The Closet! There are so many fun tricks out there to keeping an organized closet. Because this is my favorite spot in a home, expect a blog of its own coming soon for all my fashionistas out there! Since this post is all about organizing and de-cluttering, of course the first step to an organized closet is to toss or donate pieces of your wardrobe you no longer wear. This makes getting ready much easier while making room for NEW things! I'll let the pictures below do the talking for some quick tips.

Gerstein, Julie. “53 Seriously Life-Changing Clothing Organization Tips.” BuzzFeed, 27 Feb. 2014,

Thursday, December 21, 2017

2018 Home Design Trends

With 2017 coming to an end, it’s a good time to start tracking the trends of the upcoming year! In 2018 people will be gravitating toward more natural and earthy vibes. From earthy colors to natural lighting, adding a sense of nature is a great way to liven up your home.

Here’s our list of 10 home styles that will be trending in 2018. What do you think of these trends? Would you try any of them out in your home?

“Pantone Color, Chips & Color Guides | Color Inspiration.” Pantone,
1. Pantone Color of the Year – We are ULTRA excited to take on this design hurdle. Color authority Pantone just announced the 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet! This purple shade is sure to prompt passionate discussion among design pros and enthusiasts. Pantone says the color “communicates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking.”

Babaee, Daniella. “15 Interior Design Trends That Will Be Everywhere in 2018.”, 17 Oct. 2017,
2. Fresh and Patterned Plants – Not only are they good for you, but plants are pretty, too! Anything from a bouquet of flowers to a cute little bush can provide a sense of freshness to your space. Plants have been the obsession for years, so try branching out (pun intended) and get a plant this year that comes with vibrant patterns and hues. If you’re looking for a style upgrade and the word “fresh” frighens you, don’t fret. There are some amazing, lifelike faux options out there to help you avoid killing a plant.

“Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018.” Full List - Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018 - Lonny,
3. Spa Bathrooms - Why wait to go to the spa to get that amazing aesthetic? Instead, make your home into a total escape! A deep bathtub and gorgeous neutral tones are the perfect combination to create a dreamy and calming atmosphere.

Kirby, et al. “Home Trend Report 2018.” Kelly Elko, 23 Jan. 2017,
4. Bookish Chic – This one is a shock. As technology has become a fixture in our daily lives, books and magazines have become vintage. But not anymore! The old school library vibe is making a come back in 2018. Whether they are shelf candy, bolstering an existing reading space, or hanging on the walls like artwork, books and paper can fit in with any d├ęcor. It’s all about paper and real books. Bookshelves in the kitchen, cozy sofas and anything that creates the look and feel of an old school library.


5. Natural Lighting – Natural light is one of the best ways to add the illusion of space to a room. Larger windows bring nature’s light into your room and open up your space. For rooms where windows are not an option, contemporary ceiling fixtures and our Energy Efficient LED lightbulbs can provide a similar sort of natural light.

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6. Open Storage - Struggling to find closet space is a thing of the past. Open concept living formats have been in style for a while now, but storage space out in the open is the latest direction this trend is taking. Hanging hats on walls or putting coffee mugs on a hook not only provide convenience, but also lend a bit of chicness to your decor.

Merwin, Tia. “G&I Homes of Whitney Point.” 10 Fast and Easy Budget-Friendly Home Improvements!, 16 Nov. 2017,
7. Statement Ceilings – Adding pops of color or patterns to your walls is great, but have you ever thought of having an accent ceiling? As mentioned in a previous blog, don't forget about the fifth wall - the ceiling! Whether it’s the Ultra Purple Pantone color of the year or a planked wood look, statement ceilings are the way to go!

“Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018.” Full List - Pinterest Predicts The Top Home Trends Of 2018 - Lonny,
8. Colorful Doors - Give your guests a bright and cheery welcome with a door that isn’t just any old basic shade. From traditional doors to shutters, a colorful hue is always appreciated! Speaking of accent walls and ceilings, don’t leave out the interior doors either. They can add a pop of color to any room.

“Home Decor.” Pinterest, 27 Feb. 2017,
9. Coffee Bars - Move over alcohol, coffee is taking over the bar scene. Why change out of your PJs when you can be your own barista with a designated place to make your morning pick-me-up and everything that comes with it. Styled with a chalkboard and a variety of mugs, this space will put those expensive coffee shops to shame.

“Color Inspo: 24 Gorgeous Green Rooms.” Pinterest, 30 Mar. 2015,
10. Velvety Vibrations – It’s not a surprise that velvet is still trending from 2017 to 2018 now. And it’s not just in fashion; velvet is trending everywhere! From couches to rugs to pillows, using velvet adds both luxury and coziness to a room. A little too bold for you? Start small by throwing in some upholstered accent pillows or throws to give this trend a test drive.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

G&I Homes are Energy Smart

Winter weather is slowly making its way to us! Getting your home ready for colder weather is easier than ever in a G&I Home. Make an energy efficient choice by choosing G&I Homes and you will get a modular or manufactured home that is more energy efficient than homes built to the minimum code requirements. The Clayton Energy Smart Home package, an exclusive upgraded package offered by Clayton Homes, includes a variety of home upgrades that help you save energy and money for many winters to come. The Energy Smart package can help you reduce how much energy you use each day and help lower your utility bill.

Low E Windows – Low emissive windows filter out UV rays and help keep heat IN during winter and keep heat OUT during summer. Low E windows are treated with an invisible metallic oxide coating, creating a surface that reflects heat, while allowing light to shine through. In the winter, this helps reduce the amount of heat lost through your windows from inside the home, while also reducing the workload of heating systems.

Upgraded Insulation – An Energy Smart 3-1-2 ratio of ceiling/walls/floor insulation keeps your home well insulated for all seasons. The R-33 ceiling insulation, R-22 floor insulation and R-19 wall insulation help keep warm air in during the winter.

Programmable Thermostat – Save additional money by setting your desired temperature throughout the day. This increases the comfort of your family and locks in the savings when you’re home and away. Conveniently located in an area that doesn’t fluctuate with the opening of an exterior door and backlit for quick changes in temperature at night.

Energy Efficient (CFL) Light Bulbs – Less daylight in winter means a greater need for light in your home! Energy efficient light bulbs typically use 25% less energy and last 10 to 20 times longer than standard iridescent light bulbs. This is equivalent to $30-$80 in savings in electricity over the life of the bulb.

Sealed Duct Work - Additional sealants are placed around ducts, which prevent leaks and make for a more efficient central heating and cooling system. This consistent air flow ensures a comfortable temperature in the home year-round. Sealed ducts also prevent condensation, keeping unwanted moisture out of the subfloor.

Energy Efficient Water Heater - Since water heaters consume a high amount of energy and we use them often, an energy efficient water heater is key to reducing your energy costs! Residential water heating is the second largest energy use in the home and can account for up to 20% of overall energy consumption. Thicker side walls in a water heater help maintain the water temperatures longer, retaining more heat and using less energy.

Thermo Mate-Line Gasket – The mate-line gasket is installed all the way around the ceiling, end walls, and floor to protect the entire conditioned space from air filtration and moisture. Other home installers typically stuff insulation in the marriage line opening, which won’t do any good against air filtration as its not deigned to be compressed.

Air Tight Construction – This is always a top priority in the homes we build. Our air tight construction helps to eliminate drafts which boosts comfort while lowering energy consumption and costs.

Improved Air Filtration – Breathe fresh, clean air using the type of filters that fit your family best. The “A-coil” hosing increases return air efficiency, reducing the possibility of a system freeze up.

By purchasing a modular home or manufactured home that is ENERGY STAR certified, you are joining millions of consumers who have switched to ENERGY STAR, helping our nation reduce our energy needs and building a cleaner environment for the future.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

10 Fast and Easy Budget-Friendly Home Improvements!

Your home should be just that - a home! Home design is a matter of taste and everyone's is unique. It takes a lot of vision to look past the plain or outdated finishes. But with a little creativity and elbow-grease, you can transform your space, even on a low budget! Whether you're trying to add your own touches to your new home or trying to make your current home more appealing to sell, you've come to the right place. Here are 10 easy and cost effective DIY tricks to make your house a home!

1. Faux Thick Baseboard - Molding and trim go a long way in making your home look and feel more expensive. But it IS expensive. Get this expensive look without the added cost! Simply add a slim piece of trim above your baseboards and then paint in between!

“40 Home Improvement Ideas for Those On A Serious Budget.” DIY Joy, 2017,

2. Update a Faucet - You can make a big splash in your kitchen or bathroom by swapping out an ugly faucet for something nicer on the eyes. This is one improvement that can be done in less than an hour!

Anderson, Kim. “Re-Styling Your Older Home Without Remodeling.” Thrify Little Mom, 24 June 2013,

3. Paint Outdated Finishes - Anything is prettier than contractor's brass! Simply remove the hardware and clean it, then spray paint! You can use this trick with faucets and light fixtures, too!

Sarah. “How to Spray Paint Brass Door Knobs.” Thrifty Decor Chick, 29 Oct. 2013,

4. Add Framed Mirrors to Flat Doors - As basic as it sounds, this quick and easy project not only serves a purpose, but looks much nicer than the boring flat closet or bathroom doors. Be sure to paint the frame the same color as the door and caulk around the edges if you want it to look built in.

“26 Inexpensive DIY Upgrades That Will Add A Touch Of Class To Your Home.” Lighter Side of Real Estate, 8 Aug. 2017,

5. Make a Chalkboard Wall - Chalkboards are helpful in kitchens for making lists or leaving notes, in kids' rooms for playing, or in your entryway to decorate for a holiday party. You can purchase chalk paint at any home improvement store and in no time you'll have a fun accent wall for family and friends to make lists, leave messages, or just play around.

Duke, Kristen. “Kids Chalkboard Art Wall~How to Turn a Textured Wall into a Smooth Wall.”Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke, 10 Aug. 2013,

6. Add Color to the Ceiling - Don't forget about the fifth wall - the ceiling! This is a fun way to add a pop of color. Throw in some decor to compliment your color of choice. Using an ultra flat paint is best to eliminate glares.

Erin. “Seek Interior Design.” House of Turquoise, Erin, 2 Oct. 2013,

7. Add Trim to Your Windows - Adding trim and molding to anything can make it look upscale. Framing your plain windows quickly boosts your home decor. Even just adding a piece of molding to the top of the window can transform the room and hide the hardware.

“27 Easy DIY Remodeling Ideas On A Budget (before and after Photos).” Listotic,

8. Accent Wall - Think beyond just a different color paint. You can showcase a wall by using recycled wood, or even pallets. Finish off the wood with some stain, or leave it natural, and you have a beautiful rustic feeling accent wall.

“30 Inspiring Accent Wall Ideas To Change An Area.” ThefischerHouse, 8 Sept. 2017,

9. DIY Wainscoting - Wainscoting is a terrific way to add character to your walls and it really is easier than it looks with this DIY trick. All you need are some boards and batten, prime and paint. It will add character and dimension to your plain walls.

“40 Home Improvement Ideas for Those On A Serious Budget.” DIY Joy, 2017,

10. Cabinet Top Makeover - Like we said before - adding trim and molding to anything can make it look upscale. If your kitchen cabinets don't reach the ceiling, this DIY is for you. Give your kitchen a face lift with this easy and cost effective trick.

“26 Inexpensive DIY Upgrades That Will Add A Touch Of Class To Your Home.” Lighter Side of Real Estate, 8 Aug. 2017,

With these 10 fast, easy AND budget-friendly improvements, your home will look upscale at the right price! Stay tuned for even more DIY projects to make your house a HOME.