It’s not every day we get to see an interior designer’s manufactured home remodel. Nor do we get to see the before and after images of a manufactured home renovation. We get both today!
Charmaine Manley is a licensed interior designer in Oregon and owns Charmaine Manley Design, a successful design boutique.
In 2007, Charmaine and her family bought five acres in the high desert with views of snow-capped mountains. The property had everything she wanted: acreage, gorgeous views, privacy, and the right price. It also had an older double wide manufactured home with tons of potential.
Mrs. Manley went right to work and shared details of her remodel on her blog called High Desert Diva. She fondly recalls one of her inspirations for small space design. Professional designers understand how important space is in a home and a lot of them will admit that smaller homes are a better choice for many families. She quotes Sarah Susanka, author of Not So Big House:
Susanka put into words what I had been thinking for years. She believes in designing homes “that favor the quality of its space over the quantity” not “the notion that houses should be designed to impress rather than nurture.”
The cost was kept down by reusing and recycling materials whenever possible and they salvaged, reused, and re-purposed as many materials as possible. Being green, but as affordable and as beautiful as possible, was the ultimate goal of this interior designer’s manufactured home remodel. They also paid cash for everything as they went. They even paid cash for the property.
Being Green During the Remodel was Important to Charmaine
The double wide had the original wood paneling that seemed to be in every manufactured home from around the late seventies and early eighties so sheetrock was installed over the paneling. They used low or no VOC paint to coat it both the walls and ceiling.
The flooring in the manufactured home was likely original carpeting and linoleum so it was quickly replaced with Eco-Timber solid bamboo flooring (with non-toxic glue).
These before and after images of a manufactured home renovation are inspiring.
Here’s how the kitchen looked before the professional interior designer’s manufactured home remodel:
Here’s how the kitchen looked after the remodel:
Cabinets were replaced with an environmentally friendly brand. The countertops were replaced with Paperstone (100% recycled paper and non-toxic resin).
I love this dining room transformation! The pop of yellow is genius!
The dining room after:
Charmaine’s office has great color. Notice the ceiling?
It’s hard to make a red room seem relaxing and soothing but Charmaine did it. You have to make sure you choose the right color, otherwise, you have a bright energetic room or one that looks a washed out. This is a perfect combination of a primitive maroon red with golden tan accents.
Positioning the bed in the corner is pretty cool. You could use the hidden corner for storage space.
The before and after of Charmaine’s master bedroom:
The bedroom is gorgeous!
These before and after images speak for themselves:
Charmaine used antique furniture as a vanity sink cabinet in the bathroom. They were also used in the linen closets.
Light fixtures were replaced with finds from second-hand stores or Craigslist.
The double-wide siding was painted a primitive warm red and the porches were stained.
The exterior before the interior designer’s manufactured home remodel is on the left. The results of the remodel are on the right.
This interior designer’s manufactured home remodel has been featured on many websites and it’s one of the most inspiring transformations I’ve seen. I love that such a beautiful home transformation is representing manufactured homes and the potential they have.
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