Paul Merrick, an Encinitas, CA contractor, recently completed this manufactured home renovation and it looks great! He took the standard factory look so typical of modern manufactured homes and turned it into a stylish Southern California beach home.

While the home was in fair condition, Mr. Merrick gave the factory-built single wide with a small entry room addition a fresh new look inside and outside using smart manufactured home renovation ideas such as painting the kitchen cabinets and walls and installing laminate flooring , ceramic tile, and modern lighting. All great ways to update your home!

 Before the Manufactured Home Renovation 

This home was in good condition before Paul’s manufactured home renovation. Below you can see the kitchen, living room, bedroom, and bathroom.

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Before Kitchen Cabinets Painted

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Before Kitchen Cabinets Painted 2

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Before Kitchen Cabinets Painted 3

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Before - Living Room



Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Bedroom Before


Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - Bathroom Before

 

After the Manufactured Home Renovation

This manufactured home renovation speaks for itself!

In the kitchen, the cabinetry were professionally painted and new laminate flooring and lighting was installed. New hardware was installed too.

Paul also painted the ceramic tile counter top. You can read more about it below!

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - After Kitchen 3

 

 

 


Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style -After - Kitchen 1

 

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the kitchen before and after the manufactured home renovation:

Mobile Home Renovation - Before Kitchen Cabinets Painted
Mobile Home Renovation - After - Kitchen 1

 

Modern furniture and decor was installed in the dinning room:

Manufactured Home Renovation: From Factory to Southern Cali Style - After - Dining Area

 

Living Room

Manufactured Home Renovation - After - Living Room - Sofa

 

Manufactured Home Renovation - After - Living Room - Writing Table
A colorful table and unique wall art was installed on the small wall between the kitchen and living area. This is a great way to separate space in a home with an open floor concept. 

Manufactured Home Renovation - Kitchen and Living Space Before (6)

 

Bedroom and Bathroom

The manufactured home renovation was complete after the bedroom and bathroom updates.

manufactured home renovation - After - Master Bedroom with Decor 2

manufactured home renovation- After -Bathroom

manufactured home renovation - After -Bathroom 2

 

Exterior Transformation

The exterior of this manufactured home was also updated! Below are the before and after photos.

Before

manufactured home renovation - exterior before

 

After

Affordable and easy-to-find steel bars were moulded to create the porch rails – a great way to save money!

manufactured home renovation - exterior after

 

Manufactured Home Renovation: Paul’s Interview

It’s not often we see contractors willing to work on manufactured homes so I was excited when Paul agreed to answer a few questions for us.

Manufactured Home renovation project summary: 

This manufactured home renovation project was done for a client who needed a place for her brother to live. With a $7,000 budget Paul chose to focus on the large surfaces (walls, flooring, and cabinetry) to get the most bang for the buck.

Community info:

The home is just blocks from the beach in an exclusive community. Many of the homes in this neighborhood are houses that are compact, yet modern. The homeowners in the community are mostly made up of surfers and young couples wanting to escape a big footprint and be close to the water.

Tools and materials used:

Laminate flooring
Ceramic tile
Paint
Lighting, etc.

Total cost of project: $7,000

Any tips or tricks you learned during the project:

Painting tile is incredibly doable and doesn’t cost too much! It can save lots of money vs. buying a new counter top.

Also, new hardware and paint on cabinets can make a world of a difference too. These cabinets weren’t even real wood and we could still paint over them like a wood cabinet.

Also, the teak tiles from IKEA on the deck made it feel super custom and save money from having to buy all the redwood. We just built it with plywood boards and tiled those teak tiles on top. Very easy way to top a deck.

Proudest DIY moment:

Using the steel bars for the railing on the deck was super cheap! Especially compared to making a custom railing.

Biggest challenge:

The bathroom sub-floor was rotted and molded and had to be completely replaced. That lead to the new tile being a little harder to lay because we had to re level everything again.

Favorite room in the home:

The entry room. I like that the curtain gives it it’s own space and makes it feel a little bigger or more separated.

Advice you would give someone about buying and living in a manufactured home:

Always, always, always check what the space rent will be and if you need financing make sure to check if they lend on leasehold estate property. Conventional loans only work on land owned homes.

About Paul Merrick Construction

Paul Merrick Construction is a general contractor in southern California based out of Oceanside, CA, and he willingly takes on mobile home projects, unlike many in his industry.

Please Note: I do not know Paul personally and have not been paid to feature this mobile home renovation. It is simply a great example of the potential in older mobile homes! Before you hire a contractor please research the company and get references.

You can learn more about Paul’s company here.

Thanks so much for reading Mobile 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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2 Responses

  1. Theresa Glover

    Great article, Crystal. I really like the kitchen transformation. The whole project gives me so many ideas. Maybe someday…

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