Manufactured Home Renovation on a $4,500 Double Wide

You will love this $45,000 manufactured home renovation!

Heather and her husband purchased this Naples, Florida manufactured home in the early part of Summer 2017 for only $4500.  She nicknamed the 1979 double wide the Palm Cottage and it’s fitting. The home sits in a cute Florida park surrounded by palms and Heather turned it into a perfect little cottage.

Like most $4500 homes, this double wide needed some work. It would need to be stripped to the studs. That didn’t scare Heather at all. As a set designer, she knew how to build and create beautiful scenes and that’s exactly what she did with this $45,000 manufactured home renovation.


This 1979 Manufactured Home Had Seen Better Days

This was not a cheap manufactured home when it was new but it was long past its prime. It had some of the most popular amenities and unique layouts available in the late 1970’s. The original kitchen had curved counter tops, a feature Spartan Trailers made popular in the 1950’s. The globe lights and built-in appliances and pantry were found in higher-end models of that era.


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Built-in range and curved counters were cool features but it needed an update.


A Complete Kitchen Remodel

Unfortunately, the kitchen had to be completely gutted. The sub-flooring had to be replaced as is the case in most older mobile and manufactured homes.

The creative couple removed the kitchen cabinets and appliances while in the process of replacing the sub-flooring.

Related:  How to Replace Flooring in a Mobile Home



The kitchen after it was completely gutted:


The New Kitchen is the Star of this $45,000 Manufactured Home Renovation!


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Repurposing furniture reduced costs in this $50,000 manufactured home renovation.


Most kitchen remodels cost $45,000 by alone. In order to keep costs down Heather repurposed dressers into kitchen counters.

Since the kitchen was a small, Heather opted out of upper kitchen cabinets. Placing shelves in lieu of upper cabinets have become a popular kitchen trend.


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Stainless steel appliances brighten the kitchen.


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We love everything about this kitchen!


The Hutch Stays!

The original dining room hutch was all that was kept in this $45,000 manufactured home renovation.

Heather updated the hutch with new paint, trim, and a tiled top.

Related: Awesome, but Affordable, Mobile Home Kitchen Remodeling Ideas


What does a $45,000 Manufactured Home Renovation Include?

This $45,000 manufactured home renovation included new electric, plumbing, roofing, windows, and doors. New drywall was installed on every wall and ceiling in the home.

In addition to the new kitchen, both bathrooms were completely updated as well. You name it and it was replaced in this home!


This $50,000 manufactured home renovation was possible because of Heather’s creativity.

Heather isn’t just a set designer. She has been renovating homes in an effort to move up in the real estate business.  But she says this $45,000 manufactured home renovation was the most fun she has ever had.

Whether it was because it was on a much smaller scale, since the home is only around 1000 square foot, or because she used thrift store or resale items, she really enjoyed creating a cottage from her 1979 double wide manufactured home.

A couple of favorite things stands out to Heather about this $45,000 manufactured home renovation. Repurposing furniture for the kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities could have been a bust but instead, they turned out amazing! She states that is her proudest DIY moment.

Her other favorite thing about this renovation is the living room. It’s a great space for relaxing and is decorated for tranquility and relaxation.


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The cottage style living room is so cozy!


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Second-hand stores can really save money and create an awesome look at the same time.


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We love gallery walls!


Related:  Read how to Create An Awesome Gallery Wall for Less Than $50!


Bathroom Makeover

Both bathrooms were completely gutted in Heather’s $45,000 manufactured home renovation. Before the renovation:

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The bathroom before the renovation.


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The bathroom after the renovation is gorgeous!


The Exterior was Part of the $45,000 Manufactured Home Renovation, too!



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The exterior needed a little freshening up.


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After the $45,000 manufactured home renovation.



The Bottom Line

All in all, this entire manufactured home remodeling project came to a little over $45,000 (and that includes the cost of the home).

With Heather’s real estate experience and obvious interior design skills, we asked her what her best piece of advice would be for someone wanting to buy an older mobile home and remodel it.


She replied, “Make sure to hire an inspector before you purchase the home. Have them go through each and every item in the house and give you the condition of it all.”  This is great advice, you want to be sure you know what you are getting into before you make a purchase of this size! This article about mobile home inspections should help, too.

Have a home you want to share with us?  Email us or comment below, we would love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading Mobile Home Living!


UPDATE:  After we wrote this article we heard from Heather about the status of her 1979 home after Hurricane Irma tore through Florida.  She says that their home survived the devastation with only minor damage! Unfortunately, she says the rest of their community didn’t fare as well and around 60% of the homes in her park was totally destroyed.

She says that according to her insurance agent and contractors her home survived with little damage because they had installed new subfloor, windows, doors, as well as install  new dry wall over the existing paneled walls and ceilings. They also had the roof done with the heavy vinyl “roof over” system. Basically, these items served as structural protectors. The other homes in the community that fared well were also renovated homes that did similar renovations.  We are so glad to hear her home survived with only minor damage! we only wish we could say the same for all the other mobile and manufactured homes in Florida and Texas.


  1. Barb Uglow says

    We bought a manufactured home in Satsuma Florida that we have updated. The home was only $35,000 with good bones (motivated seller) After about several hundred dollars in paint, water pump and bath repairs, that home has changed dramatically. We were hit with Irma also. It did damaged to our front porch and workshop ceiling. Insurance took care of that, so now we are able to update the outside of the home as well. Wish we could post pictures. My home is getting to be the cottage of my dreams! Manufactured homes have a stigma that I feel is unwarranted. You can do so much to them to make them beautiful.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Barb,

      I would love to share your home! Please email me at – I love a good mobile home makeover story!

  2. Trish Alvarez says

    Can you give me recommendations for contractors to do a renovation on my mobile home in Bonita Springs… Florida

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Trish,

      Unfortunately, I do not know anyone in Florida. Sorry!

  3. Debi says

    HELP! I am disabled and my husband cant do a redo, we live in Mass and have a 1981 Flair Single mobile that had a bad leak, (we found out when we got a 250.00 electric bill! No signs anywhere else until AFTER we found the leak, so the problem is we can’t even find a contracter to work on the place! Any suggestions would be truly appreciated, its getting cold up here!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Debi,

      Here are some websites with a lot of helpful information for home repair and maintenance help in Mass (just click on the sentences).

      HUD’s website with a list of loans and grants you may be eligible for.
      MA State website with additional information on home repair help.

      Best of luck!

  4. Sandra T. says

    While I do admire this make-over, I think that things must be much, much cheaper in Florida! I have had $10-$15,000 estimates for my 1972 mobile for one bathroom alone. This is for a mobile in good structural shape, that simply needs new shower, toilet, and vanity-and replacing the old tile floor. California is much more expensive to redo a mobile.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Sandra,

      I’m the same way. In WV, you can hire professionals at a much more affordable rate than the rest of the country. I know NY and CA are really expensive places to live but FL wasn’t too bad (we lived there for 2 years). Plus, I think they did a lot of the work themselves. Keep looking and getting estimates, there should be a much cheaper company out there. Best of luck!

  5. Shelly Newman says

    Truly amazing! Also, thank you for giving us the status of her home after Hurricane Irma blew through. It was the first thought I had once reading the home was located in Naples! I’m glad their hard work made it through this devastating event. I have many friends in Florida and a few were not so lucky. 😞

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