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  1. we are considering have a basement added to our manufactured home. can a basement be added to a 1998 redman 16×80. it is just my husband and i and we basically want it to add storage and for hobby rooms. we live in ohio if you have any info or contacts please let me know

    1. Hi Kathy,

      A basement is possible with manufactured homes but from my understanding, it’s much easier to do it before the home is installed. I would imagine the home would need to be moved, the basement dug out and constructed and then the home would be rolled back into place. From there the steps and door would be installed. I don’t have anyu contacts in OH (I’m just a homeowner, I’m not affiliated with any businesses at all). You may be able to find a contractor through your mobile home supply store.

      Best of luck!

  2. What about placing a used 90’s model double wide on a basement? I am wanting a used one / found one but my lot is small 1/2 acre a basement would be perfect so I can have storage/ work area without taking up more of my lot. Can I do this with a used home?

    1. Hi Danita,

      I’m not an expert on installation (I’ve been trying to study for the test but the math kills me!) but I think you would be able to do it fairly easily (assuming the land cooperates). I think since the chassis is installed in a way that allows the weight of the home to ‘transition’ to the footers or foundation you’ll be fine.

      Sorry, I can’t help. You can Google mobile home installer for your area and should be able to get a free consultation or estimate.

  3. Im so glad i found this page. I am 22 and would like my starter home to be a mobile home. Just enough space. Im interested about the average cost high foundation would cost. Is it something you could do yourself potentially?

    1. Hi Brianna,

      A foundation would be a project for a professional or at the least someone with a fairly extensive knowledge of construction. If you just want to add skirting that’s a lot easier. Basements and tall foundations are expensive but I can’t really give an accurate estimate because things are a lot less in WV than the rest of the nation (labor mainly). You’d want to get estimates from a few companies to get a good idea.

  4. Hello – just purchased a double wide setting on a poured wall basement that has nine foot walls. This basement is a walkout but there is no entrance from inside the home to the basement. Is it difficult to have a staircase put in?

    1. Hi Bob,

      It’s a complex job only because of chassis, plumbing, wiring, etc. You need to find a place for the steps that don’t alter any of the structural elements of the home. Other than that, it’s not too difficult.

    2. I live the idea of having a basement! We are planning to get a mobile home in the coming months and I would love to have that extra space! But you can’t have a basement in Texas because of the limestone hmm the ground. :(

      1. You can have an above ground basement or a partially above ground basement. I am looking at adding an above ground basement to my double wide. We live in a sandy area which may preclude below ground construction.

  5. How about using one or more 53′ steel cargo containers underground instead of pouring a concrete basement?

    1. Hi Jim,

      That’s one of those questions that an engineer would need to answer. You’d have to reinforce the containers and by the time you did that it may be cheaper to just start from scratch. Could probably work well with the right design, though.

  6. Another great post! I recently inherited my childhood home…a 1972 single-wide on a full foundation. I’m in my 40s and had been thinking of filling in the basement, even though I knew the work my dad put into it. After reading about this basement though, I may have to rethink that. The stairs are, and always have been, treacherous and the dampness can be a bit much. I like the idea of having a traditional sort of entryway and bringing the washer and dryer back upstairs.
    I am so glad I found Mobile Home Living. So many great ideas!

    1. Great to hear from you KellySue!

      I bet you can get that dampness fixed and get the laundry back up stairs fairly easily. There’s some great new products out now that seal basement walls. It is amazing how well it works!

      Perhaps you have a new play room in your future?

  7. Hi, My name is Robert and my wife and I have a double wide manufactured home over a full basement, we love it :) We want to finish it out. How do we attache our wall to the underside? By the way I just discovered your blog this morning..awesome !

  8. Crystal Adkins,
    I’m looking at moving my 14×70 to my new lot in SE Wisconsin . We want to put in a basement but my contractor doesn’t know what we will need for the beams. Do you know who they used to build the basement or where I can get more info on the beams and mounting the house I can give him.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve!

      I’m not really familiar with the structural techniques used for basements. I understand the concept but that’s about it. I did find this HUD guidebook that may be helpful though. Here’s the link: http://www.huduser.org/portal//Publications/PDF/buildergd.pdf

      If you go there and click Control+F and then type in Basement it will show that the word is used 16 times throughout the book. On page 29 there are a couple of paragraphs that may help (a little, maybe).

      I bet if you called a local manufactured home dealer and asked them a few questions they would be able to help or at the very least give you contact information of a contractor they work with.

      I’m sure you have a few options with the beams (wood, steal) and the home’s weight will play a huge role but that’s about all I have…

      Thanks so much for reading MHL and sorry I couldn’t be more help!

  9. hi seen you add about the basments ,for the mobile homes ,and really like to know more how to find out about them more. my wife and I have some property that we like to put a mobile on and having a basement would really be great. I know they do such things with their mobiles in Arizona,but never saw one in in calif. can you help us out on who we must see and talk to. it sure would be nice to have a double wide with a basement.we thank you for any help you can gige us. R SPERBER

    1. Hi Russ!

      Putting a manufactured home over a basement is the coolest thing ever! It’s actually a fairly simple (yet very complicated) process. Now, I’m not sure about the laws in California – especially with ya’ll having earthquakes and all but I suspect you’d just have to meet whatever codes are in place. It’s a great idea for increased living space at an affordable price.

      Here’s a video of a manufactured home being placed over a basement. It’s a really neat process! Please keep me posted if you ya’ll do it – I would love to share the process!

  10. I am getting talked into a basement I think (better insulation, having furnace etc. downstairs, …). I hate basements though especially walkouts. However, I just saw your pic with the garage door and was thinking a garage as basement would be super cool!
    Any idea if that is feasible?

    1. Hi Josey!

      Basements with garage doors are absolutely feasible, all you have to do is make sure it’s properly installed, and the weight of the home is distributed properly on top of the basement structure. I’m not that educated in basement construction but anyone with the required license and experience can help you with the details and there’s even software that can show you exactly what it will look like before you decide on anything.

      I’ve see one manufactured home that had the floor cutout in the kitchen and had steps going down into the basement, it was a hinged ‘door’ that you would never notice until the owners lifted it up. They had a coal stove, and that’s how they heated the home. It was really neat.

      Good luck, sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  11. Whenever I visit your blog I found very useful information and very interesting too. This piece of writing is superb , I think the basement is very good option for storage. If anyone has basement in their house it gives advantage for them to store various things in that.

  12. We are looking for a contractor to do this for us. We live in far southwest Wisconsin, Grant Co. Does anyone know anyone that does this in this area?

    1. I hope you find a great one! Maybe you could call some of the manufactured home dealers in the area, they may be able to recommend a company for you. Good luck!

  13. They are fortunate to have the extra space with a basement and nice that it's a walkout. Love the cedar shake exterior and the bank of windows across the front. Hope to see more as the couple tackle the interior.

    1. Hi Shirlee! It's good to hear from you again! Hope all is well!

      I can't wait either. With their style, it's gonna be gorgeous!!