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  1. Hi!
    My husband and I are the happy renters in this great home in Santa Fe! We’ve been here 10 years now, and love living in suck a cosy environment. Although the landlord who did all the work hasn’t indicated the cost or time the remodel took him, he worked with several building companies who sold excess materials at low cost, or donated their excess supplies.
    Empty lots on either side, a hill behind the home, and the Santa Fe River out our front door offer a great place to live.You wrote a great article!

    1. Hi Jacqueline! I would bet money that you’re home could absolutely be transformed into something similar (if I were betting person..lol). This particula home was an older home and while you may not be able to get the exact same things done (the owner was obviously very talented), you should be able to find someone that can get close.

      if you want to send me a photo or two along with exactly what you’re goal is I’d be happy to give you some ideas. Thanks so much for reading MHL!

  2. Hi Sandy!

    It is an unique home! I’ll try to answer as many questions as possible, in order. Marty is a tenant, her landlord did all the stone work years ago, all by himself. This was done quite a while ago (exact dates unknown, as is the exact date of the home) and there probably wasn’t inspections and permits like there are now.

    It is recommended to update aluminum wiring, and I would say with such an extensive reno that the home was rewired to accommodate the building technique that was used – you can’t easily re-enter Adobe walls as they are solid – not sheet-rocked (assuming true Adobe building techniques were used and this looks pretty authentic). That, along with the stone exterior most likely has the wiring in the top corner or ceiling (just a guess though). Re-wiring a home isn’t that difficult if you are already renovating. The breaker box is probably in a closet and switch boxes were most likely attached to the frames with some type of extender box so the wider walls wouldn’t be an issue.

    It is always a good idea to make improvements and/or modifications to any age mobile home. Modernizing a mobile home will most certainly increase the value of the home – at least for resell, though usually not on ‘paper’ or tax appraisals. If the home was in fact remodeled more than a couple of decades ago, there’s a chance that this home is actually listed and taxed as real property instead of personal property (a lot of variables are in play, but I’ve seen it happen).

    Banks do loan for mobile homes, especially one of this nature – assuming it has a permanent foundation. Perhaps not every bank finances mobile homes, but plenty do, especially if they meet HUD loan qualifications. If the home is permanently tied to the land it would be pretty easy to get financing – at the least a personal loan would be available.

    I have heard that some people do have issues finding insurance for mobile homes, but there’s a couple of national companies that will insure a mobile home of any age and more companies are decreasing their requirements, so it’s much easier to obtain it these days – competition didn’t hurt any, either :)

    If you have any more questions just let me know. Thanks!

  3. Did the owner have any idea what the investment was in materials? Did she do this work herself and over all 7 years? Was it totally rewired? (pre ’73 trailers are supposedly a wiring fire hazard) or how were electric boxes made to accommodate extra wall/ceiling thicknesses? Were conventional building permits issued and inspections performed? Is it wise for owners to make this type investment in a 50 year old trailer? Maybe it doesn’t matter, when its time to sell , next inhabitant just takes their chances, as banks don’t come into play with used trailer sales. Can it still be insured? Lots of questions here!