You’re gonna love this farmhouse inspired single wide manufactured home makeover!
Amy K. and her family have live in this 1995 Florida single wide for four years. They moved into the manufactured home temporarily after putting their site-built home in South Carolina on the market. After living in the home for a short time, the previous owners offered the family a deal they couldn’t refuse: the home, an acre of fenced land, and a new well, all for the same price that some pay for a new vehicle.
Of course, they couldn’t say no!
manufactured home makeover  (living room after)
It was a smart decision for them to buy the home. They will be completely debt free in just a couple more years!
manufactured home makeover  (living room after)
manufactured home makeover  (living room after)
manufactured home makeover  (living room after)
The home was clean but outdated. Cosmetic things like the blue carpet, vinyl-coated walls and strips, blue counter tops, and linoleum needed to be updated so the family rolled up their sleeves and got to work.
manufactured home makeover  (kitchen after)
manufactured home makeover  (kitchen after)
manufactured home makeover  (dining room)
Thanks to their hard work, determination, and creativity they have accomplished most of their home makeover goals with a very limited budget.
manufactured home makeover (dining room)
Amy shared a few details about her manufactured home makeover with MHL. When asked what was the hardest part of the makeover she replied, “The hardest part of this ongoing renovation was definitely having no money!” I think most of us can relate to that!
manufactured home makeover  (master bedroom after)
manufactured home makeover  (master bedroom after)
manufactured home makeover  (master bedroom after)
Amy continued, “My husband and I were not handy when we started this. I mean NOT handy! We have had to learn every step of the way, borrowing tools and people along the journey. Thank God for Youtube.  I will say though, I can lay a floor like no one’s business now!!  And my husband can remove a tub!
manufactured home makeover  (bedroom 2 after)
manufactured home makeover  (bedroom 2 after)
“The things we have learned throughout this process (aside from learning to be handy) is to get creative. Think about what you want and if you can’t afford it, either save or look for alternatives that fit within your budget. For example, I wanted butcher block counter tops but we settled on making our own wood counter tops for $100.  The brick wall in our bedroom was an alternative to the real brick wall I wanted, it cost $18 and was made with joint compound.”
manufactured home makeover  (bathroom after)
manufactured home makeover  (bathroom after)
“In fact, most of our walls were textured with a thin coat of joint compound and a textured roller. It’s a very cheap way to get rid of those strips.  I love older farmhouses (really love them!), so to give our kitchen a little flare we tore apart wood pallets and used them on our walls. I love the way my kitchen feels now!”  Here’s one of the walls in the middle of the process:
manufactured home makeover adding natural wood to wall
Most of their projects are ongoing and no one room is completely finished yet but that’s the great thing about owning your own home. It’s a constant process that never ends. For now, Amy and her family are living comfortably in their affordable and beautiful home.
Thank you for sharing your home with us Amy! And thank you for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living!

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Hello! I'm Crystal, the creator of Mobile Home Living and I appreciate you stopping by! I hope MHL is an inspiring and informative resource for you! Please consider letting me feature your remodels, room makeovers, and home improvement projects. There's not enough inspiration available for manufactured homeowners and I want to change that. Thanks!

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21 Responses

    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Tally!

      I think it may be butcher block or laminate but it’s kinda hard to tell in the photos. Hopefully the owner will check out the comments and answer you! Thanks so much!

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  1. Miki

    What a warm and inviting home. I especially like the faux brick wall. I never thought to use joint compound for something like that. What a truly fantastic remodel Amy! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Shirlee

    Amy and her husband did a great job updating their home and tackling DIY even though she mentions that they were not handy in the beginning. I love the planked wall in her dining space, very clever way to use old pallets.

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  3. Carol Ann Smith

    Hi Crystal, you are wonderful! So is this site! I have wanted to show people like forever that a mobile home can be lovely and unique without a ton of costs. Most of the problems with an older mobile are usually cosmetic and as we all know…that can be fixed! Upgrades are great too but already I have folks coming into ours and saying wow, this doesn’t feel like a mobile home (not sure what they expected but hey, it’s ok..I don’t mind ignorance) and they love our floor plan. Keep up the photos, they are very inspiring to see!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Carol! Thank you so much for your comment – it means a lot to me to hear readers enjoy MHL! I bet your home is gorgeous – I’m always looking for homes to feature – maybe we can work together and get yours on here!

      Thanks so much for your support and for reading MHL!

      Reply
  4. Kelli

    Love these remodel photos! We bought a 2002 double wide 4 years ago after we sold our house and couldn’t find a house to rent near where we intended to build. We figured we’d live in it for a year then start building. The manufacturer we bought it from had repainted all of the rooms nice taupe and ivory colors and put in new carpet so it looked decent when we bought it. After 4 years, it is paid off and we have decided to just remodel and forget about building! Last month, we started slowly replacing all of the carpet and kitchen/dining linoleum with vinyl flooring that looks like aged barn wood. It’s looking great so far and now we are bringing in new kitchen appliances. I wish I would have thought to take before pictures. I know once we finish the floors we will be inspired to do more remodeling. I love seeing how others have remodeled their mobile homes!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Kelli!

      That is so smart of you! We always had a little nagging dream to build a small A-frame in the corner of our land but once we got settled and realized how affordable living here was we gave up the A-frame dream real quick! Why build a whole new home when you have a perfectly good one that can become anything you want?

      I would love to see your home when you get it finished! We don’t need before photos!

      Thanks so much for commenting – I hope to hear from you lots more!

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  5. Angela Johnson

    I have a 1985 mobile home that was given to us and we are having a hard time finding someone to help us make all the necessary repairs to it. Any suggestions would be helpful, there aren’t a lot of people that feel comfortable renovating a mobile home.

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Angela!

      In some areas it is almost impossible to find contractors that will work on a mobile or manufactured home. I’m not sure why they are so opposed to them though – they’re easier to work on in my opinion. I’ve noticed that the larger contractor or construction companies are the ones that don’t like to take on mobile home jobs so try to stick to small but established contractors if possible.

      I would try Googling your town along with the words ‘mobile home contractor’ or ‘mobile home remodeling’. If that does’t work you could call a local manufactured home dealer and ask them to give you recommendations. They either do the work themselves or hire it out so they have to know someone and even if they do it themselves you may get lucky and be able to get one of their licensed workers to do a side job for you.

      There’s also Craigslist and the local trader papers. Large mobile home park managers may be able to help too. Just be sure they are licensed and check their references.

      Good luck! If you want to email me your location I can try to find a couple for you. My email is crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org. Thanks for reading MHL!

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  6. Esther Sunday

    Amy, you and your husband did such a great job! Your home looks fantastic!

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  7. deborah

    P.S. Do they have any advice for getting the carpet up against the walls?

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Deborah! There’s a thing I call the knee machine that stretches the carpet toward the wall and allows you to staple it around the edges (then you’d just add the trim around it).

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    • Karen

      You need a knee kicker or a power stretcher. You can try to get it up like you said but you won’t get all the wrinkles out. Find a good carpet installer. It will be worth it and the carpet will last much longer if you do. My husband is an installer so I know much about carpet installation.

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      • Crystal Adkins

        Thanks Karen!

        I wasn’t sure what they were called but knee kicker makes sense! I have not been around too many carpet installers but whenever I have been I always wanted to ask if I could try it just once. It seems like a lot of aggression could be used up..lol

        I agree with you on hiring a good installer. Some things are just worth the price to have it done right and no amount of DIY projects can match the quality you get from hiring someone with experience. My husband is a master plumber and most of his craziest jobs has been repairing the things that homeowners have done themselves trying to save money. In the end it cost them more.

        Thanks so much for commenting and reading MHL! I appreciate you!

  8. deborah

    Great job! How about some exterior pics of home and land? Do they have a webpage by chance?

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  9. Karen

    Love the renovation! We just paid off our 1985 single wide last month. Now our renovations can begin. So far we have painted all the paneling a beautiful tan color which in itself made a world of difference. We are almost done with our bathroom renovation where we tore out the garden tub and put in a regular bath and shower. Still need to tear out the tiny shower in the corner and turn that into a closet. Next up we tackle the kitchen. It is too small with not a lot of storage. We currently have a make shift island that was a tv stand for now but hope to put in a real island and install a dishwasher. We currently have a portable one that takes up too much space. The living/dining area has an expando so that gives us extra space so we aren’t cramped. Just need to learn to de-junk. We’ve been here 18 months but moved from a 4 bedroom home and one bedroom is still filled to the ceiling so we still have much to go through but we are making progress. We will get there! Just wanted to share!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Karen! I bet your home is gorgeous and I’d love to add it someday! Thanks so much for commenting – I love to hear from other homeowners that are remodeling – it keeps me inspired! Thank you so much!

      Reply

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