The Whim: A Single Wide Exterior Remodel

After 3 years, Richard and Marie’s single wide exterior remodel is finally finished. It’s been a true labor of love and well worth it – the end result is spectacular!

The Whim, a Wick Artcraft Model CA-679 single wide manufactured home, has been featured a couple of times here on Mobile Home Living. The lakeside Wisconsin retreat has experienced a truly beautiful transformation.

A few of the manufactured home improvement projects include:

  • Vinyl siding was replaced with cedar shake
  • River rock was installed around the basement
  • French doors were installed,
  • Wrap-around deck was built
  • Roof and Pergola installed above the deck

Here’s the finished look:

Single wide exterior remodel

This single wide exterior remodel is gorgeous and a great example of the unlimited potential of a manufactured home!

The Whim Before the Transformation 

As the name implies, Marie and Richard bought the manufactured home on a whim. The property had great potential as a vacation home and investment property.  Here’s what the home looked like when they first bought it:

Single wide exterior remodel - before

At first, the couple was a bit hesitant about buying a manufactured home. They had never lived in or owned one before. This made Marie cautious but she kept an open mind. After an extensive research and getting to see the potential of manufactured homes, her doubts were eased and excitement took over. They bought the home and began to plan the home’s ultimate remodel.

The Whim After: A Gorgeous Single Wide Exterior Remodel 

Single wide exterior remodel - decking, roofing,

 You can read about this single wide’s cedar siding installation here.

Single wide exterior remodel - decking, roofing,

The playful couple refers to the cover over the front of the deck as the “blue Bimini,” like you would see on a boat. Rich had used reclaimed tamarack poles to build the trusses. It keeps that rustic look along with the cedar shakes that are seasoning well, leaving a beautiful patina.

Single wide exterior remodel - deck roofing,

Single wide exterior remodel - deck roofing,

Single wide exterior remodel - decking, roofing,

The roof peak was built high to keep the snow from building up and the pergola-like roof is open to allow the wind to pass through.

Single wide manufactured home exterior remodel - cedar shake and pergola (11)

Read more about The Whim’s single wide exterior remodel here.

Single wide exterior remodel - deck roofing,

Single wide exterior remodel - deck roofing,

Amish were hired to build the 10′ by 28′ deck on the front over the walkout. They had previously built the deck on both sides, lengthwise, of the house and as weather allows they will be installing cable railings with a wood top railing so the view is left unobstructed.

Rich and Marie decided not to cover the long sides during their single wide exterior remodel. Instead, they chose to make arbors that will offer some shade in the summer while still allowing the sun to help heat the home in the winter. They won’t have to worry about snow load either.

Single wide exterior remodel - deck roofing,

Read about The Whim’s basement here. 

Marie says the next step is the interior remodel and I cannot wait to see what they do! Until then, hot chocolate on the deck!

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