1989 Skyline Gives Family a Fresh Start

As a single mother, Amanda, who lives in Iowa, knew she needed a fresh start for herself and her three kids. Luckily, a friend posted this 1989 Skyline located in a nearby town and Amanda decided to give it a look. The home had been abandoned in a park for a year and 1/2. It was a 2 bedroom/one bath mobile home and the park owner wanted $8,000 for it. After a title search, Amanda was able to get the home for $7,000 with a lot rent of $205 a month, so she decided to go for it.

Let the Demo Begin

Unfortunately, the pictures didn’t show the full extent of the damage to the home. It had holes in the floor of the hallway from water damage, the floor in the second bedroom had water damage from the window being left open, inside the front door floor was bad, and a skylight that had leaked down the wall behind the stove causing damage.

1989 Skyline Interior Before
Skyline Kitchen Before
1989 Skyline Bedroom Before
1989 Skyline Exterior Before

1989 Skyline Becomes 4 Bedroom Home

At first glance, Amanda thought she would fix the big problems in the home and refresh it just enough to get the family moved in and then make changes as she went along. However, after seeing how extensive the damage was she decided to go all-in, and boy did she knock this transformation out of the park! Luckily, her boyfriend is a contractor and was able to spend many hours and 2 full weeks off his own job to finish the remodel, saving Amanda $1,000’s.

First up, she added French doors instead of the tiny standard mobile home door. Next, the roof needed the skylight removed and repaired but otherwise was good. They also decided to remove all the cupboards, a glass display cabinet, and the pantry as well as coat closet and island in the kitchen/dining room.

Skyline Kitchen Island After
Love this island.

They had no need for a formal dining area, just the island that seats 3. The kitchen sink is also a Craigslist find for $100 and sits in a custom base created from a standard one purchased from Menards.

Skyline Kitchen
The two tone cabinets blend together just right.
Skyline Open Shelving
Open shelving is a great way to show off those favorite pieces.

Next up, the family needed 4 bedrooms; so Amanda decided to use a portion of the sunken in living room to split into two bedrooms, with sliding barn doors, which were found on Craigslist for $100 and they are $400 doors.  Next, they raised the other part of the living room to the rest of the house.

Skyline Living Room
The living room space was cut in half but still offers plenty of space.

Amanda’s boyfriend had some cedar shiplap leftover from a job site that he used to cover the living room wall. They also put it in the two bedrooms that were added. Next, they added a beam down the middle of the kitchen/living area. Amanda didn’t want to have to scrape the ceilings in that area since it would be so much work. Luckily, her neighbor in Winterset is a junk scraper and gave the couple the steel corrugated that he had at his place which looks amazing on the ceiling, it was a lot more work than they anticipated but they love it.

Skyline Living Room After
Look at those ceilings!

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Love how cool these bedrooms look! Personal touches give each room their own vibe.

Skyline Kids Bedroom Headboard
What boy wouldn’t love a tailgate for a headboard?
Skyline Kids Bedrrom Window
And look at the window treatment!
Skyline Master Bedroom
This master bedroom looks like a peaceful place to retreat to.

In the bathroom, the family knew storage was going to be the biggest concern going from 2,000 square foot house to less than $1,000 and knowing that tubs could potentially be a water issue going forward, they removed the tub, drywalled over 2 windows after sealing them well, and in place of the windows placed a set of drawers that they already had and just painted. 

Skyline Bathroom Floor
Don’t be afraid to change things up to fit your individual style.

They had originally not planned on demoing the sink and towel closet but found two $40 old sewing machines to repurpose into sink vanities with a vessel sink.  Amanda tells us she is super happy with how they turned out. Also, the bathroom tile was a splurge, but is super unique and looks amazing.

Skyline Bathroom Cabinet After
This floor makes quite the statement.
Skyline Bathroom Snks
So do the sinks.
Skyline Sink Up Close
An up close looks at these marvelous repurposed sewing machine stands.

Amanda tells us she did subcontract out, electrical, some plumbing and drywall finishing. Otherwise it was all done by herself and her boyfriend. Next year they plan on extending the deck and adding a pergola, replacing the rest of the windows and re-side the home. Amanda, and especially her daughter, were going for the farmhouse look, with a little eclectic touches that make it unique.

Amanda also answered a few of our interview questions we typically ask during a feature including:

The total cost of the project: $8,000 give or take ( I have all the receipts but don’t want to know the true cost, I think it might be more LOL). Menards getting 11% back as a credit to the store helped the budget a lot.

Biggest challenge: Working alongside someone who does this for a living and not having any experience, it was a true labor of love.

Favorite room in the home: Living room/kitchen, it really is just adorable, comfy and the heart of our home.

We would like to thank Amanda and her family for sharing their 1989 Skyline remodel with us! And keep in mind, if you have a remodeling project we want to hear from you. Comment below or visit our Get Featured Page and you just might be our next featured home.

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2 Comments
  1. Avatar of Jenny
    Jenny says

    Boy, what a labor of love! As a former mobile home owner, I can attest to the tremendous amount of work that goes into a remodel. You’ve managed to create an oasis for your family & memories to last a lifetime. Love all the personal touches! Jenny

  2. Avatar of DweezilAZ
    DweezilAZ says

    I am a car nut. Those truck details in the one bedroom are a scream.

    Nice work. I wish there had been a before and after blueprint of the floor plan to see just how they carved out the two bedrooms from the space. Hard to figure from the [great] pictures.

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