Triangle Modernist Hosts Exclusive “I-House” Tour

December 26, 2009 (YOUNGSVILLE, NC) — If your idea of a mobile home is a flimsy metal trailer with ugly air conditioning units sticking out the windows, think again.

Clayton Homes has introduced a mobile home – or manufactured home, as they’re now called – that is as Modern (with a capital “M”) as it is environmentally friendly, and that has enthusiasts of both sensibilities lining up for tours across the country.

On Monday, December 28, George Smart of Triangle Modernist (TMH), will host an exclusive preview of the new “I-House” at the Clayton Homes location in Youngsville, NC, starting at 6 p.m.  “About 25 people have signed up so far,” says Smart.  The Youngsville location is the only store in this part of the state featuring the I-House.

From its “butterfly” roofline, abundance of windows, and “flex room” connected by an outdoor living area, to its sleek built-in cabinetry and ultra-modern fixtures and furnishings, the new I-House brings a level of architectural sophistication to the manufactured home industry that has never been seen before.

Interior view, the "I-House"

Even more innovative are the I-House’s multiple “green” features that introduce environmental stewardship to the industry. On the exterior, the I-House features solar panels, energy-efficient windows, sustainable/low-maintenance siding and roofing, a rainwater collection system, and decking made of recycled materials. On the interior, the I-House features bamboo floors, tankless (or on-demand) water heaters, dual flush toilets, low-flow faucets, Energy Star appliances and no V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds) paints for indoor air quality.

“Mike Johnson, Clayton’s Homes’ manager, is staying open late just for us,” says Smart, “and folks are excited to see what Clayton has to offer.”

The tour is free but participants are asked to contact Smart in advance to get on the list. Contact Smart at

For more information on the I-House, visit

For more information on Triangle Modernist Houses, visit

About Triangle Modernist Houses:

Triangle Modernist Archive, Inc. (TMA) is a North Carolina nonprofit organization committed to preserving, restoring, and growing modernist architecture.  Our primary public service is Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), an award-winning, nonprofit educational archive for modernist residential design. TMH also hosts popular modernist house tours, design films, and trips several times a year, giving the public access to the Triangle’s most exciting residential architecture, past and present.  These events raise awareness and help preserve these works of art for future generations.  For more information visit

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