Today’s featured homeowner created his own gourmet mobile home kitchen upgrade for close to half the national average. He has all the top quality appliances, custom cabinetry, and sleek counters but he spent less than $16k. On average, homeowners spend $22,885.
Chuck has been a wood crafter and cabinet maker hobbyist for the past 45 years and that’s how he was able to create a fully-equipped, expertly organized gourmet kitchen for only $16k. Yes, that’s still a lot of money but the appliances alone cost over a third of the total and materials used in this amazing mobile home kitchen upgrade are all top-of-the-line. For us regular folk, this mobile home kitchen upgrade would have cost double or triple that price.
Chuck’s DIY mobile home kitchen upgrade uses every inch of space in his 1985 Palm Harbor double wide to its best advantage. He planned his kitchen remodel down to the centimeter with schematics and computer-aided designers.
The mobile home kitchen upgrade started with stripping the walls and gutting the entire kitchen.
Here’s a look at the kitchen before the remodel:
We have included a drawing that Chuck did to outline the project. As we have mentioned before, planning is one of the most important steps in a successful remodeling. Chuck also sent us a drawing of what he hoped the finished kitchen would look like. He definitely nailed it!
Chuck also created a 3D plan for his mobile home kitchen upgrade:
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The amazing results of all of Chuck’s hard work and planning:
The drawers and cabinets were expertly designed.
Canned goods are organized and easy to reach:
Chuck was kind enough to answer a few questions for us.
Tell us a little about yourself: I have been a wood crafter and cabinet maker hobbyist for the past 45 years.
About your home: We bought it as our retirement home and realized everything was old and outdated and needed to be replaced.
Total Cost of the project: $16,000
Tools and materials used: Pretty much every tool I have accumulated over the years (and a few that I borrowed).
Proudest DIY moment: When the granite installers came to install the countertops and have them tell me that the cabinet installation was one of the best they had ever seen.
Favorite room: For now, definitely the kitchen. However, every part of the updated mobile home is special!
Biggest Challenge: Removing the wall that separated the kitchen and living room, and leveling the replacement floor. Also, this project was right after Hurricane Irma, so supplies were sometimes hard to come by.
Any advice you would like to share: If you are thinking about buying a mobile home, be sure to check the “bones” of the home before buying. If the structure is sound, and you plan on remodeling it make an offer lower than the asking price. Be prepared for problems that you might not have seen at first. Issues may be hiding behind the walls or under the flooring.
Future Plans: Currently working on a Florida room (screened in porch). Next, we will be installing a complete murphy bed unit for the guest bedroom.
As you can see from the finished product, Chuck was able to see the vision of his mobile home kitchen update through to the end. It is gorgeous!
From the granite countertops, the state of the art appliances, down to the gorgeous floor this kitchen remodel is fantastic.
We want to thank Chuck for sharing his mobile home kitchen upgrade with us. We look forward to seeing more of his mobile home projects in the future.
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