Remodeling a mobile home can be difficult, especially if you are on a budget.
If your budget is anything like mine, you simply can’t afford a complete home remodel all at once. Instead, you do small projects as time and money allow. With each new project, you get a little closer to having your dream home but this process seems to take forever. Three years feels like three decades – trust me!
Remodeling a mobile home takes a good deal of planning but there are basic remodeling projects that always seem to be included in home remodels. Whether you are trying to fortify the home and save energy costs or just make your home more beautiful, you’ll want to consider the following home updates:
Windows will absolutely change the look of your home for both the interior and the exterior. Not only will it completely change the look of the home, it will lower heating and cooling bills.
Depending on the style you are going for (modern, cottage, etc), your window design can help you achieve the look faster than any other update.
Let’s be real though, windows aren’t cheap. However, you can buy one window at a time and if you aren’t going for the top quality name brands like Anderson Windows, you can replace a standard window in a manufactured home for around $150 each (some cheaper mobile home windows can be bought for around $75 a piece).
Notice the windows in the remodeled single wide below? The owners went with a minimal window design and it gives the entire home a minimal style.
New siding is a great place to start remodeling a mobile home. Remodeling a mobile home isn’t always about the aesthetics, you want to spend money on things that will help you with heating and cooling as well. Siding can do that.
There are so many different siding materials. There’s an article here on Mobile Home Living called The Ultimate Mobile Home Siding Guide that goes over several mobile home siding options that you may want to take a look at.
Siding doesn’t have to be vinyl. You can use wood that’s stained or painted and there’s also some great metal options on the market.
The beautiful single wide below uses a dark charcoal siding with a highly trimmed edging. The edging really sets the home apart from other single wide homes and puts the focus on the nice lines the home has.
Most people don’t think of landscaping as being part of a home remodeling plan but it’s a great place to start. Remodeling a mobile home should not only make the home look fresh and modern but it should help save money by lowering energy consumption. Landscaping can do that easily, properly placed trees can help shade the home and cut the path of wind.
Adding a few accent trees or flower beds can change the entire look of a home too. Different landscaping styles such as Asian, cottage, or natural can help you establish that style for the entire home.
Remodeling the kitchen in a mobile home can make the entire home look more modern. If you are trying to decide where to spend the bulk of your remodeling budget, the kitchen or bath is a great place to start.
New appliances are smart because they can save a lot of energy. Even the appliances made 7 years ago can’t beat today’s energy saving appliances and the same will be said 7 years from now. New technology is awesome sometimes!
The owners of this single wide focused on their kitchen by adding recessed lighting, new appliances, and what looks to be marble counter tops and back splash. Dark cabinetry grounds the room and allows the lightly colored, but highly textured walls, to pull it all together. It’s a gorgeous room!
Regardless of where you start remodeling a mobile home or where you finish, you can completely change the look of a home with relative ease. The more expensive projects usually have the most impact so you may be better off focusing on those first.
Budgeting for the larger projects like windows, siding, and appliances can be a pain but luckily you can buy one or two items at a time. Eventually, you’ll have your home looking exactly how you want – all you need is a little patience.
The single wide featured in this article sits in Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in Malibu, CA. The images are courtesy of the Realtor’s MLS listing.
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