Mobile homes have come a long way in recent years and many now offer a high level of comfort and quality. However, if you’re looking to give your mobile home a more traditional, house-like appearance, a few key remodeling projects can help you achieve that goal. From installing a permanent foundation to updating the interior, there are several steps you can take to turn your mobile home into a space that resembles a conventional house. Whether you’re looking to increase your home’s value, improve its curb appeal, or just create a more welcoming living space, this guide will provide you with the information you need to get started on your remodeling journey.
We’ve listed several suggestions on how to turn your mobile home into a house, and also go into detail on each improvement below.
Install a permanent foundation: A permanent foundation will give the mobile home a more solid and permanent look.
Replace the roof: Replacing the roof of a mobile home with a gabled roof can give it the appearance of a traditional house.
Siding: Installing new siding can help hide the metal skin of the mobile home and give it a more traditional look.
Windows: Replacing small, factory-installed windows with larger windows can make a big difference in the appearance of a mobile home.
Porches and decks: Adding a porch or deck can give the home a more traditional look and provide additional outdoor living space.
Interior Remodeling: Updating the interior with new flooring, paint, and fixtures can also help make the mobile home look like a traditional house.
***Check with local building codes and regulations before starting any major renovations.
Remodel a Mobile Home With a Permanent Foundation
Installing a permanent foundation is the most important step in giving your mobile home the appearance of a traditional house. The process typically involves excavating the area under the home and laying a concrete or masonry foundation that will support the structure. Before starting the installation, it’s important to obtain any necessary permits and conduct a soil test to determine the type of foundation that’s best suited for your property. Once the excavation is complete, the foundation is usually constructed from concrete blocks or poured concrete. It’s vital to make sure that the foundation is level and properly anchored into the ground, as well as to install a vapor barrier to prevent moisture from entering the home. The final step is to secure the home to the foundation, which typically involves attaching metal brackets to the floor system and then bolting the home to the foundation. It is possible to lay or pour a foundation yourself, but if you’re unsure about your ability to handle the work, consult a contractor.
Remodel a Mobile Home With a New Roof
Replacing the roof of your mobile home is another effective way to give it a more traditional, house-like appearance. Most mobile home owners who tackle this improvement install a gabled roof. This features two sloping sides that meet at the ridge, creating an A-shape. Before starting the project, it’s important to select a roofing material that is suitable for your climate and budget. Such as asphalt shingles or metal roofing. If you’re not experienced in roofing, hire a professional contractor to handle the job. The contractor will remove the old roof and install the new roof, taking care to ensure proper ventilation and waterproofing. The process may also involve installing new roof decking and adding additional insulation to improve the energy efficiency of your mobile home.
Remodel a Mobile Home With New Siding
Installing new siding is another way to transform the appearance of your mobile home. New siding can help hide the metal skin of the mobile home and give it a more traditional look. It also improves its durability and energy efficiency. There are many siding options available, including vinyl, fiber cement, and wood. Each material has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that best fits your needs. When installing the new siding, it’s important to take care to properly prepare the surface, install flashings and trim, and provide adequate ventilation. Installing new siding is also an opportunity to add insulation, which can improve the energy efficiency of your mobile home.
Installing different siding will provide the most dramatic change to the appearance of your mobile home. Make this change along with replacing the roof and attaching the home to a permanent foundation for a dramatic change to the exterior of your mobile home.
Remodel a Mobile Home With New Windows
Replacing the windows in your mobile home is another effective way to give it a more traditional, house-like appearance. Installing larger windows will provide more natural light and a better view of the outdoors. There are many windows available, including single-hung, double-hung, slider, casement, and bay windows. Each type has its own unique benefits and drawbacks, so it’s important to choose the one that best fits your budget and individual needs. Before installing the new windows, measure the openings and ensure that the new windows are the correct size.
The installation process will involve removing the old windows, framing and cutting the openings if the new windows are a different size, and installing them along with trim and flashing. Be sure to install the most energy efficient windows that your budget will allow. This will save you countless dollars on utility bills in the future.
Remodel a Mobile Home By Adding a Porch or Deck
Adding a porch or deck is the most common improvement to give your mobile home a house-like appearance. A porch or deck can provide an outdoor living space that can be used for entertaining, relaxing, or simply enjoying the outdoors. Before starting the project, select a design that fits your needs and budget and obtain any necessary permits. There are many materials available for building a porch or deck, including wood, composite materials, and concrete. Each material has its own pros and cons, so choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. The installation process typically involves pouring a base or installing posts and beams, then adding the flooring, railing, and/or roof. A porch or deck is a great way to improve the appearance of your mobile home, increase its value, and provide a comfortable outdoor living space. Don’t forget that you can screen it in and keep the bugs away during the Summer months, even at night with the lights on.
Remodel the Interior of Your Mobile Home
Updating the interior of your mobile home can be accomplished by updating the flooring, painting the walls, replacing the cabinets, and upgrading the lighting and electrical fixtures. Before starting the project, be sure to select quality materials that will last. There are many flooring options available such as hardwood, tile, and laminate. If you need help selecting the best flooring for your budget, and someone to install it, please contact us to go over the details of your project. Updating the cabinets can be accomplished by installing new cabinets, or by simply painting the existing ones. With a little time and effort, you can transform the interior of your mobile home.
Remodeling a mobile home to look like a house is a project that can transform the appearance and functionality of your home. With a few upgrades, you can improve the curb appeal and energy efficiency of your home. Whether you’re looking to install a permanent foundation, replace the roof, add siding, replace windows, build a porch or deck, or update the interior, the possibilities are endless. With careful planning, quality materials, and professional installation, you can achieve the look and feel of a traditional house, while enjoying the benefits of your own, unique living space. Whether you’re looking to improve your own home or make it more appealing to potential buyers, the process of remodeling a mobile home can be a rewarding and satisfying experience.
Remember, if you need help installing the right flooring or remodeling the bathroom in your mobile home, Flooring Masters is here to help. Please contact us for a free estimate.
About The Author
John Raisor is a former carpenter and chef turned writer.