This 1978 mobile home remodel is a personal favorite of mine for a few reasons. Of course, it’s a beautiful home and the remodel was well done but there are a couple more things that will keep this home in my top 5 favorite remodels of all time.

This was one of the first homes I ever shared and Kathy, the owner, was kind enough to let me interview her and feature her home. I will always be thankful for her kindness.

When I first started this blog I wanted to share beautiful mobile homes. I had just purchased an older single wide and couldn’t find a whole lot on the subject when I Googled it. There was some scattered content around the web, obviously, but I didn’t find a single resource that was specifically for us.

Another reason was far more personal. Since we had moved into our home, I had been looking for the manufacturer’s name as well as the model year. The only thing we knew about it was that it was a 70’s model single wide. When I stumbled upon Kathy’s blog all my questions were answered. This 1978 mobile home just happens to be an exact replica of our single wide with only a few small differences. I was finally able to learn the manufacturer and model of my own home thanks to Kathy.

Kathy has taught me what is possible with my mobile home and given me a perfect picture of what could eventually be.

1978 Mobile Home Remodel Details

We all need a little help when it comes to remodeling a mobile home. There are endless decisions to make: paint color, flooring type, countertop material, and lighting design are just a few basic decisions. Not to mention the stain color, the wall treatments, and the decor.   Remodeling a mobile home can overwhelm you quickly. Seeing how others have updated and remodeled their mobile homes helps tremendously.    Here’s a great opportunity to learn from someone who has been there and done that. Kathy turned her 1978 single wide into a home fit for a king. Anyone, anywhere, would be proud to call it home!  

Exterior Updates

Let’s start with the exterior. This mobile home is a 14×60 Homette that was manufactured in 1978.

The exterior before the 1978 mobile home remodel:

mobile home remodel- exterior

After the remodel:

mobile home remodel- after new deck

A few before and after photos of the 1978 mobile home remodel:

porch ideas for a mobile home

The deck was improved by removing the boarding and ensuring the frame was stable. Any rotted boards were replaced. A beautiful step design was built as well.

replacing mobile home windows
replacing mobile home windows
replacing mobile home windows

The windows and siding were replaced during the 1978 mobile home remodel. The windows were also moved to better take advantage of the views of the river. The corner windows are a great way to add a modern look to any mobile home.

mobile home in beautiful place
The deck extends past the home toward the river to take full advantage of the gorgeous view. Kathy also had a new deck built for the back and replaced the aging and neglected landscaping and fence that surrounded the home.
building a back porch onto a mobile home
The back porch had a roof added as well as scrolled iron banisters. A new fence was installed as well as a gate:

updating landscaping around a mobile home

The Interior Is Awesome

The interior remodel is even more spectacular! The former owners had updated the kitchen appliances and painted the cabinet base and apparently stained the doors and drawers. It’s not a bad kitchen at all. However, when you’re going to remodel a home you might as well get it exactly how you want and that’s what Kathy did.

1978 Mobile Home Remodel – Interior:

A new paint color, new countertops, and flooring along with a few additional upgrades give this home a whole new look.

mobile home kitchen after remodel

Benefits of an Open Floor Plan

The home utilizes the open floor concept with the kitchen sitting at the end of the home and the living room beside it. It’s a great layout that suits a modern lifestyle well even though it was originally designed in the seventies. I guess that tells us that the open floor concept isn’t as new and modern as we thought!

Here’s a photo of the living room and kitchen as well as the pantry that Kathy removed so she could have more living space:

mobile home remodel on interior

As you can see, there is a step up into the kitchen as well as a banister separating the two rooms. The banister was removed.

mobile home living room before remodel

The carpet was removed and the walls were updated with paint. It’s amazing what a little paint can do for a room!

mobile home living room after remodel

mobile home living room after remodel

As you walk down the hallway the first door on your left is the guest bedroom. It featured a built-in dresser with a mirror on top.
guest bedroom before makeover

New flooring and paint completely transformed this room.
guest bedroom after remodel

The next room is the bathroom and as we all know, bathrooms aren’t the easiest room to remodel but Kathy did a great job!

This room was updated to meet the new century:

mobile home bathroom remodel

Lastly, the master bedroom is on the very end of the home:

mobile home bedroom before

Kathy replaced the carpet and painted. Now it’s a perfect place to rest.

mobile home bedroom after

mobile home bedroom after 2

I could go on and on about the great things Kathy has done with her 1978 mobile home remodel! If you want to see more and read about the remodel from Kathy herself, please visit her blog,  My Little River Cabin.

Why is this One of My Favorite Mobile Home Remodels?

I call this 1978 mobile home remodel one of the best ever because after months of searching for the manufacturer and model of my home I found this one.

It’s the exact same home with only a few small differences. The best part was that this one had already been updated!

This gave me so many mobile home remodeling ideas and proved that it was possible to turn my home into the gorgeous home I dreamed of.

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If you haven’t checked out one of the most amazing mobile home transformations I have ever found, please go to My Little River Cabin and see what a great job the owner, Kathy, has done.

Kathy is so generous and friendly that she has answered several questions for me about her 1978 mobile home remodel. She is a true gem and a great advocate for mobile home living!

One thing I have always thought to be true, Kathy confirmed even more for me: People that live in mobile homes are absolutely the friendliest and most down to earth people you can find.

There’s no pretentiousness, no snobbishness and no one tries to be something they are not. Mobile home owners know the secret to a happy and healthy life: live simply and comfortably and don’t try to keep up with Jones’s.  

Learn Lots of Great Information from Kathy’s Interview

Now that you have finished the majority of your 1978 mobile home remodel and your little cabin is gorgeous, can you tell us what your biggest issues were or what part of the remodel brought on the most stress? 

Biggest issues: clogged drains, many mousey holes, aluminum single paned windows held together by duct tape and luck, drooping ceiling from removal of old wood stove piping (water had leaked in and caved in joists), front door was actually an interior door where a makeshift window was put in and there was a human-sized doggy door-that curse was passed on to the Restore.

Most stress: Trying to get Little Cabin ready for a cabin warming scheduled 14 wks after purchase. Two days before the cabin warming we were driving the furniture over the pass in a utility trailer with heavy rain…everything made it with just fine with minimal water on the chairs (good tarping) whew!!!!

I noticed your bathroom light is actually attached to the mirror, which would be a great way to disburse the light in a small room, how do you do that without breaking the mirror?

First of all the mirror frame in the bathroom and living room were found at a consignment shop, and both coincidentally fit. (Destiny, Karma?) The mirror – had a hole drilled to fit the outlet.

On the first run they actually glued the mirror to the wall, but then we had an electrical problem and they came over and very carefully pried it off (I do not know how they did it without breaking it) and the electricians came in and ripped apart the wall.

Then the mirror guys came in and we used the molding support to hold the mirror and frame for easy removal in the future.

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You hand painted your bathroom walls but in the photos, it looks like a rich wallpaper. What colors did you use, how did you get the swirls so perfect?  

The painted walls with a rusty colored stain to hid tens of holes drilled, dings and scratches….horrible. (And as we mobile home owners know the minute you drill a hole in the wall it puffs out and you nearly have to scrape and sand for hours to get it flat.)

Adding new walls, not cost effective! So pull out the paint stain and hand applied swirly wigglies.

You live just 25 feet from the beautiful Wenatchee River, does that add to excessive moisture or humidity inside the mobile home? Is there anything special that needs added or done to keep your home from becoming too humid or overly moist?

We live in an arid region. It’s actually desert converted to agriculture because of the water brought into the region. Wentachee is one of the biggest apple producers in the US.

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I understand that your little cabin was not in the best of shape when you bought it, reeking of smoke and dog. How did you go about getting the odor’s out? Any tips?

Weeeell…I thought I could just paint it all myself but with the 14 wk schedule for the cabin warming and it took me two full weekends just to paint the bathroom), I had to kick butt, to find a painting company to come in.

We had no furniture so we decided to coat everything wall to wall AND FLOORS TO CEILING.

It really helped a lot to coat the floors, sealed in the odors….every once in a while in the hottest of summers, a whiff of the old aroma comes back….but that is why I bought the Bath and Body Works plug-in night lights, to camouflage…SMILE!!

You painted your kitchen cabinets a classic white (color name?). Any tips you can give us on how you did it? Any steps you added or special products you used?

It’s actually Bleeker Beige Gloss – Benjamin Moore. The walls in the cabin are Linen White – Benjamin Moore. Makes a rich contrast. Coincidentally, the first thing most people say when they take the tour is: Love the cabinet color!!

Can you remember the names of the colors you used on the exterior and interior? 

All Benjamin Moore: Exterior: Main part: Kingport Gray, Trim: Fairview Taupe.

The stain that you used on your patio and steps is a gorgeous color. What brand/color? Any special tips on applying stain?

Benjamin Moore: Exterior Siding, Deck & Stain – Natural. The front steps are pressured treated 2×6’s hemlock/white fir and boardwalk and deck are Douglas fir 2×6’s all stained with the same stain. Yup, I love the color too!! Tips on staining: springtime or late summer. The wood soaks up the stain.9.

On your blog, you mention that the flooring was a real pain because nothing is ever square in an older mobile home. Any tricks you learned along the way?

By hook and crook, lots of cussing, trial and error, we finally somehow got a full row to go together.

They do not show how to lay an un-square walled home with a laminate floor on DIY, why you say? The second row was a bit easier and from then on we used blocks and tapped the sections together…what a pain in the ass!!! Found the maple laminate at Lumber Liquidators. It was, believe it or not, $.78 a square foot. Jumped on the deal.

We added the underlayment of 1/4″ of foam. Created an insulation factor and cushions the walk across the floors. It has endured fabulously not one problem…Lucky Ducks…we are!!

What exactly is a dragonfly dilly dinger?

(You’ll see the infamous dragonfly dilly dinger on her blog)   You are sooooo funnny!!!! The garden art that has the dragonfly stuck to the top!!

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After publishing this article we received a couple of emails and comments asking about cost and the deep cleaning process Kathy mentioned.

Get more advice and inspiration on Kathy’s blog at

No better advice could be had. I will be going today to get new rollers and paint to finally get my master bedroom painted. I needed that uplifting speech months

There you go, great knowledge from a great mobile homeowner that has completed her own 1978 mobile home remodel.

As always, thanks for reading Mobile Home Living!

9 thoughts on “This 1978 Mobile Home Remodel is One of Our Favs”

  1. I have learned a lot about mobile homes since moving into mine 10 years ago. I have learned that you can do just about anything to a mobile home that you can do to a stick built home as long as you make sure that you also reinforce the underneath to sustain the extra weight that you are adding inside. I didn't have a large amount of money to do a full remodel either but I found a company here in CA that specializes in Mobile and Manufactured homes and I had some cabinets just moved around in my kitchen added a dishwasher, cut the wall between the living room and kitchen and have now doubled the size of my kitchen for a reasonable amount of money……

  2. you can also try looking at your Title paper work from when you purchased the home it should state the make, model and year it was built.

  3. Great to hear from you Carla!
    It is a great feeling to plant your roots and the fact that it is
    permanently attached to the land gives you a great resale potential
    (if you ever do decide to sale). I am always looking for pretty homes
    to feature so please send me some photos. I always liked the 80's
    mobile homes, they had great room layouts. Thanks so much for reading
    and commenting!

  4. Ours is an 1980 Skyline. I know because we bought it new. We've moved it 5 times and when we bought our land 10 years ago, my husband sold the axles and said 'this is it. We don't move it again.'

    Great post. Very encouraging!

  5. Wow! Inspiring! I am still in the process of trying to convince my hubby that living in a mobile home is not a bad idea. We're older, closer to retirement than not, and I really don't *want* a mortgage on a $100,000+ home that we would probably die before being able to pay off. I'd rather live simply and have extra money to spend on things like, oh, I dunno – visiting the kids and eventual grandkids? I am so excited to have found this blog, I think it may be just the thing to help me sway him!

  6. There is certainly some hard work and lot's of talent in this remodel. Kathy turned coal into a diamond in less than 14 The money situation is our problem too. If I had the money to really do what I wanted, I would be living in a mobile home that looks EXACTLY like this one! For now, I'll do one project at a time but that doesn't get to much done..dang economy!

  7. That sure looks nice. Hard to believe it's that old. The one I own (and can't afford to do anything about) is from somewhere in the 1980's and it's a mess. I bought it for the son to live in, but he can't afford enough rent to do more than pay the bills. Nevertheless, I'm interested in what could be done.

  8. Hey Candy, I had been looking for the manufacturer for 16 months!! Just stumbled upon the blog and viola I saw my home (but much much nicer). Kathy is a great person too (just like you!) I think you to would hit it off..leave her a comment and she'll reply, That's how I got a hold of her…I need to pick your brain about Claytons (or have you write something again :-)))))

  9. WoW! Thanks for the resource. I'm going to hop over to her blog and take a look! 🙂 It's good to know the manufacturer and such – I agree. Mine had a tag, and it's on the paperwork, so I lucked out. Before knew its make and model, I knew it was a mid to late 90s Clayton – only because I'm a Clayton fanatic, LOL.

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