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One Couple’s Journey to Downsize in a 1998 Refurbished Double Wide

A refurbished double wide is a rare find, one that’s already been updated and is just looking for the right homeowner to make it their forever home. Lucky for Linda and Lee of Idaho, they stumbled upon theirs when they decided to retire and downsize. And now Linda, a member of our Mobile Home Living Remodeling Group, has been kind enough to share their story with us.

The Journey to Mobile Home Living

Once the couple decided to purchase the 1198 Villa Double Wide by Nashua they had to get it settled into their forever spot. So, in 2017 they bought a 1/2 acre lot in a small town about 60 miles west of Boise, Idaho. It’s in a neighborhood of similar sized lots that are a mixture of mobile homes and site-built homes. It had previously had a mobile home on it so the utilities were already in place and had already been zoned for a manufactured home.

Related: Helpful Tips When Buying a Mobile Home in Idaho.

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A look at the floor plan.

Placing a Refurbished Double Wide on a Foundation

After purchasing the land, the couple did some research and learned that the zoning commission required a foundation before placing the home, which cut into their budget significantly, however they still managed to stay mortgage-free. Also, the couple quickly learned there are several advantages to placing the home on a foundation such as the added stability from wind and storms and a higher resale value.

After finding a company to prepare the site and pour the foundation, the final product was a 4′ crawl space with a solid concrete foundation.

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Getting the ground ready to pour the foundation.
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Setting the home on a permanent foundation increases its value instantly.

Linda’s Tips and Tricks

There were several projects that Linda and Lee started on once the home was placed on the foundation. First up, new laminate flooring which Lee was able to do all on his own. It was added to the entire home and gives it a completely new look!

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Changing out the flooring can seem like a huge task, but well worth it!

Another big project was the addition of awnings to the front of the refurbished double wide. Thanks to Pinterest Linda quickly found the plans to build their own and stay budget-friendly by completing them for less than $50. Linda is a lucky woman, Lee was able to this work himself as well! Next, they painted the exterior in order to give the home an entirely new look.

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What a difference!

The couple still had one last exterior project they wanted to complete so they added an extra post and railing to the short side of the porch as well as corbels to give it a finished look.

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Small projects can make huge differences.

The total cost of Linda and Lee’s project included: $23,000 for land, $48,000 for the house (included moving and setup), $10,000 for a permanent concrete pit foundation. Electrical and plumbing were about another $5,000. All totaled the couple invested about $90,000 in the entire project. Last year the property was assessed at $145K. Proof again that manufactured homes can and do appreciate in value!

Of course, just like with any home the couple still has plans for more projects for their refurbished double wide. Painting the kitchen is coming up as well as adding some landscaping to give the home more curb appeal.

Want to learn more about Linda and Lee’s story? You can find her book “Double Wide Dream Home,” on Amazon: DOUBLE WIDE DREAM HOME: The story of our experience buying a Mobile / Manufactured home (MH for short), and things like foundation, flooring, storage, and decorating.

As always we thank you for reading Mobile Home Living.

Kim Alley

Kim Alley

Kim Alley has been a part of Mobile Home Living since 2017 and has written over 300 articles for the site.View Author posts

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  1. Wonderful job! I have owned two double wides and a single wide. In my opinion, they are good value for the money if maintained. This particular project is very well done, congratulations!

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