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Posted October 24, 2012 in Altoona, Community Featured

Doug and Norma Teuber manufactured home on Third Avenue S.E. was put together in 2004.

Neighbors on Third Avenue were so happy to see Doug and Norma Teuber move into their new manufactured home in 2004. This space used to be an eyesore of overgrown trees and a rickety house.

It’s an exciting process to wait for a home of this style to be completed, because you get to choose what you want. The color of the carpet, appliances, woodwork in the kitchen and the color of the shingles were all chosen by Doug and Norma.

These manufactured homes are built inside to ensure there is no weathered wood. The floor joists are steel and there are six inches of insulation.

“This home is very warm,” says Doug. “It’s just easy to live in.”

The couple love that it is one level. Norma says it’s easy to clean, maintain and entertain. The kitchen is centrally located for conversation, and the large family room is comfortably decorated for more people and more conversation. Perhaps the talk is about the lighted Christmas village that’s on display all year long.

The Teubers like that there is no basement.

“We’ve been married 57 years and no matter where we’ve lived, we’ve never had a basement to clean,” says Norma.

One of their spare bedrooms is decorated with a vintage, purple, velvet bedspread and curtains.  They still have Doug’s cedar chest he made in high school. Above the bed hangs an antique hand-painted picture that Doug believes is at least 150 years old.

The other spare bedroom is their trophy room. What a display of accomplishments between these two. This room shines on Doug and Norma as they should be shined upon. Doug sang at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Norma was 2006 Altoona Ambassador of the year. They both have met the real Patch Adams. If you look close enough, you’ll find their wedding photo from 1955.

Since they have lived here, they have added a two-car garage. It’s large enough for three cars, really. Doug built Norma a carpeted closet in the garage where she stores her seasonal clothes. The refrigerator is for guests’ drinks. The walls are meticulously organized with power tools, bolts and belts. The floor is painted.

“It’s my man cave,” says Doug. “It’s easy to live out here, too.”

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