Learn more about the influences behind front-loaded homes and check out some of Clayton’s affordable and beautiful models with a lengthwise floor plan.
Are looking for an affordable home that’s laid out so it doesn’t need as much horizontal space on your land? Does the tiny home trend interest you, but you still want plenty of room for your needs? Are you interested in living in a manufactured home community or a neighborhood and need a home that is ideal for a specific lot?
One of our front-loaded homes, which are homes with a lengthwise layout, may be the best fit for your needs.
Front-loaded homes are not only inspired by the tiny home movement’s commitment to space-efficient, affordable housing options but also the rich history of the “shotgun” home styles found throughout the South.
You may have also heard them referred to as shotgun cottages, elongated homes or row homes. The original shotgun homes were one-story and narrow without hallways, meaning you had to move through each individual room to get from the front of the house to the back. They also had a raised foundation designed for added ventilation and air circulation. (Remember, this was before the luxury of air conditioning!) The style, according to Southern Living, “originated in Haiti, where enslaved West Africans built similar dwellings based on the architecture in their homeland.” The simple yet durable construction, built to maximize lot space, became an affordable home option for Southern lower-class families. Now these historical homes, especially in New Orleans where they are most prevalent, are being preserved and honored for their humble backgrounds and innovation.
The legend of where the shotgun name comes from is said to be influenced by the style’s straight-back floor plan, meaning a shotgun bullet could travel directly from the front door and out the back. However, researchers have theories the name could also be a from the African Yoruba word “togun,” which means “house.”
Of course, as home building technology has continued to advance, these homes have evolved away from the original shotgun design, including details like the whole no hallway layout. With home innovations in mind, Clayton wants to continue the tradition of affordable, durable and space-maximizing housing by highlighting some of our front-loaded models that we love!
The Blazer 66F is a 1,034 sq. ft. front-loaded home in a charming farmhouse-cottage style. Its features include rustic design details like reclaimed wood-style flooring, shiplap accent walls, wood trim, a butcher block look to the kitchen island top and black hardware pendant lights. However, we don’t want to forget the modern touches as well, such as an ecobee smart thermostat®, an entertainment center option and a walk-in closet in the primary bedroom. Plus, there is plenty of room for a whole family with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
The home’s exterior keeps up the cottage vibes as well with a cozy front porch, white cased windows and doors, a window flowerbox and outdoor hardware sconces. There are also several customization options. Whether you want to trade out that weathered flooring for carpet in the bedrooms, add a fireplace and sliding glass door or choose between a glamour tub or large designer shower in the primary bathroom, make this front-loaded home truly your own.
The K1640A is a perfect option for tiny home enthusiasts looking to downsize in square footage but not style. At 620 sq. ft. with 1 bedroom and bathroom, this front-loaded home has gorgeous features. Some of the main highlights are the covered front porch option with railing, big Lux™ windows for natural light, tons of counter space and a breakfast bar. In addition, this home also features drywall throughout.
But the little details really top off this home. Enjoy crown molding, dark wood-style flooring throughout, recessed lighting, subway tile backsplash and marble-style counter tops. If you are looking for a luxurious retreat just for you or as a couple, the K1640A may be your dream home.
The Adirondack 3628-236 is a great choice for a 2-bedroom home. It has a spacious open floor plan at 960 sq. ft. with the living room leading into the dining area and kitchen, all with light wood-style flooring. The transom windows above the tall windows let in extra sunlight, and the crown molding and recessed lighting make the ceiling feel even higher.
The kitchen is one of our favorite rooms with its white cabinets and stainless steel appliances contrasting with the black backsplash. Plus, we love the raised snack bar, pull-down faucet and the all the extra storage space provided by the cabinets surrounding the fridge.
The two bedrooms have plush carpeting, and the primary bedroom features optional built-in drawers, double closets and a private door connecting to the one bathroom. There are more options for customization as well, from extra shelves and patio doors to a sunroom option for the second bedroom or a deluxe shower option for the bathroom.
Our front-loaded homes come in a variety of price ranges, floor plans, features and options. Want to see more of the styles we have to offer? Check out the models near you with our curated collection.