Dreamy Double Wide
|The front of the home after the addition of the porch. Notice the antique tin skirting.|
Looking for Their Forever Home
When they first got to Florida they were living under a barn, which Chris built, in a teeny-tiny 1978 Winnebago motor home. They were pretty desperate to have a house, especially since it was costing almost $200 a month just to store household goods. They wanted a house that wouldn’t cost a fortune and one that wouldn’t force then to jump through ridiculous hoops to obtain.
Initially wanting to build a home out of salvaged materials, Chris had dismantled a house in a nearby community which had been built in 1907. In 2005 once the had completed the move and were ready to build they hoped to be able to use most of the salvaged materials. However, the state of Florida has laws that hinder the reduce, reuse and recycle movement. Ironically, in 2005 Florida changed their building code as a result of the devastating hurricanes that hit that year. They were told they could only use salvaged materials if every piece of lumber was certified and stamped by a structural engineer, which would have been cost prohibitive to say the least! So much for reuse, recycle, re-purpose huh?!
|Beginning construction on the porch.|
They also upgraded the insulation and the windows. Changed the layout of the master bath, eliminating the garden tub and adding a large shower enclosure in its place. Where the standard shower would have been, they had them put in a large linen closet. They also changed the location of some of the windows to better accommodate furniture placement and changed the window in the dining room to a sliding glass door. Which is exactly why mobile homes are so great, you can easily change the things that you want when you order new!
|The rear of the home during construction of the porches. Notice the sliding door and the different skirting.|
|Painting the front porch.|
|Painting the rear porch.|
|The rear of the home after the all construction and painting was completed.|
|Pot rack made out of copper piping.|
|Towel holder made of copper piping.|
|The pump house with 70+ year old tin siding that Chris built.|
The driveway of this homestead is a county road that was originally the old road that went to Chris’ father’s and grandfather’s tobacco barns. When they had the opportunity to name it, they chose ‘Tobacco Barn Road.’ During a bad storm a few years ago, the old barns fell down and Chris salvaged all of the tin from them, eventually deciding that it would be great as skirting around the house. They also used it as siding on their pump house so it looks as if it’s always been there.
|Home before the porch and before the skirting was changed.|
|The home after the porch and after the skirting was changed out.|
|The beginnings of the guest house they built.|
|The guest house during construction.|
|The gorgeous guest house after the exterior was completed.|
Molly has a blog that she will be sharing her creativity and wonderful writing talents on called Down On Tobacco Road. With only a couple posts up her writing style is perfectly entertaining and is a joy to read.
The wrap around porch and the guest house is dreamy and the salvaged tin makes the home seem as if it’s been sitting in that spot for decades. You are a very lucky woman and although I know you miss your husband immensely, I assure you he is looking down on you and smiling every minute.
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