Many of us have paid cash for an older mobile home then made upgrades to the home as our budget allowed and the results are fantastic! This exterior mobile home remodel is another great example of the beautiful results one can achieve with a complete mobile home remodel.

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel – Humble Beginnings

This double wide began as an already fine home – it just needed to be modernized and enlarged a bit to fit the owners needs. You can see the home before the complete remodel in the three images below.

 

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - Old Home Before Remodel

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - Old Home Before Remodel - front exterior view

 

Installing New Materials Can Save on Energy Costs

Obviously, energy efficiency was an important aspect of the remodel, especially considering the location.

Remodeling an older mobile home using smart energy efficient techniques can help you save a lot of money on heating and cooling costs.

New materials, products, and building techniques are added to the market everyday. This innovation has created insulating properties and longer-lasting finishes that wasn’t considered possible a few short years ago.

Upfront costs for new materials and construction can easily be recouped via energy savings in a few years, especially for homes located in areas with drastic climate such as deserts.

Related: The Ultimate Green Mobile Home Remodel 

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - Exterior Side View before Remodel

 

Advantages of Installing a Pitched Roof 

This mobile home had a pitched roof but it was a very low pitch which is typical for older manufactured homes.

Raising the pitch on a manufactured home’s roof is a smart choice for a few reasons. On the blog roofcalc.net they state the pros and cons of a pitched roof (though they call it a gabled roof):

Pros: Gable roofs will easily shed water and snow, provide more space for an attic or vaulted ceilings and allow more ventilation. Their simple design make it easy to build them and cheaper than more complex designs.

Cons: Gable roofs can be problematic in high wind and hurricane areas. If the frames are not properly constructed with adequate supports, the roof can collapse. High winds can also cause materials to peel away from gable roofs. If there is too much of an overhang, winds can create an uplift underneath and cause the roof to detach from the walls.

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - Addition and New Roof

 

New Windows

Replacing old windows is one of the best upgrade that can do to a mobile home.

Related: 14 Great Mobile Home Makeover Ideas for Every Budget

New windows increase energy efficiency and improve the home’s aesthetics. Not only does it improve the exterior of the home, it also improves the interior as well. It’s a very smart home improvement project!

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - New Roofing Install

Foam Insulation Installed over Old Siding

To further increase the mobile home’s energy efficiency the owners opted to place foam insulation board directly over the original siding. This reduces landfill waste and adds another layer of protection to the home. The foam insulation was then stuccoed.

Rigid foam insulation typically has an R-Value of 6-6.5 per inch. 

When deciding to place new material over old, such as foam board and stucco over wood siding, it’s important to ensure all the material stays dry and that all potential leaking be minimized.

Air pockets can be an advantage or a disadvantage when installing new siding over old. Air acts an insulator in most cases but air movement and moisture can lead to condensation. The Green Building Advisor website states the following in regards to foam insulation used on exterior walls:

In a cold climate during the heating season, moisture vapor inside a building is driven outward into exterior walls. When it reaches a surface that’s below the dew point, the vapor condenses into a liquid. That surface is typically the back side of the exterior sheathing.

Using a moisture barrier can remedy these issue.  If you’re in a southern location that doesn’t experience cold winter temperatures you won’t have to worry too much about condensation.

Related: The Ultimate Mobile Home Siding Guide

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - Roof Installation

 

New Porch 

A large porch or deck is another top choice for an exterior mobile home remodel.

A new porch can completely change the look of your home and add outdoor living space.

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - New Porch Build

Related: 45 Great Porch Designs for Manufactured Homes

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - After the Remodel

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wideb - After the Remodel - Porch

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - After the Remodel - Porch

 

Exterior Mobile Home Remodel: Desert Double Wide - After the Remodel

Related: Beautiful Southwestern Style Mobile Home 

This is great exterior mobile home remodel that proves, once again, that older manufactured homes have unlimited potential!

Once the home is paid for the money you save on mortgage payments can be put into remodeling or updating the structure, and when you’re finished you’ll end up with a beautiful home like this!

This exterior mobile home remodel project was originally published on a blog titled Remodeling the Casa de Que Pasa. All images are property of that blog. 

Thank you so much for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!

3 Responses

  1. Russ

    Hello. Were there any structural issues with putting roof trusses and a new roof on the mobile home? Did you have to provide structural calculations or anything? I heard that they are not designed to hold much weight.

    thanks

    Reply
    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Russ,

      I wasn’t able to get in contact with the owners but in a lot of cases, there are structural issues when it comes to older mobile homes. Mobile homes are designed completely differently than a site-built home. Their structural integrity is derived from the roof down (instead of the floor up like a site built home). That’s why you see the post and beam designs so often on new roof over. They install the posts right against the home every few feet and that is the load bearers for the new roof. It allows for a new roof without adding additional stress to the home.

      Thanks for reading MHL!

      Reply
  2. Jenny Hice

    Hi Cyrstal! I am interested in articles for flipping mobile homes into more modern living spaces, love what you are doing so far!

    Reply

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