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Hi! We’re Darren and Beth, and we’ve lived in our double-wide mobile home since 1995. Unfortunately, our mobile home was built before the new HUD regulations for mobile home building standards and we have had many surprises along the way during our renovation projects!

We love the area we live in out in the country. Several years ago, we looked around our home and tossed around the idea of buying/building a new stick built home. We researched the process, searched for homes, and came to a different conclusion. We live in a perfectly good home that has developed landscaping and all the things we love right here. For less than 1/10th the cost, we could renovate our home and make it more structurally sound and more aesthetically pleasing, while updating and making it more energy efficient every step of the way.

We had done several smaller projects like flooring and painting/wallpaper in years past. This time, we undertook 4 months of do-it-yourself demolition and rebuilding that taught us so much and gave us such a sense of pride and accomplishment in our home. We have renovated over half of our home, and have more projects on our minds that will complete the process. When we finish, we will have no mortgage. Yipppeeeee! It doesn’t get much better than that.

We hope to inspire and encourage others to choose this option. Wasting perfectly good, restorable structures is wasteful. Building a new home can be a stressful burden, compounded by the upkeep and cloud of a large, unpredictable mortgage payment. Why not make what you have better and save tons of money at the same time?

We’d love to have this site build a community of mobile home owners around the globe who have remodeled and built on to their homes, sharing pros and cons, triumphs and failures, warnings and great ideas, and much more… So sign in and start sharing your projects. We can’t wait to be inspired by you all!

May your mobile home makeover be marvelous!

Darren and Beth

61 Comments:

  1. Hi , need some advice. we have a lovely remodeled 1973 double wide we purchased last year. we were so trusting and it was so well remodeled we didn't think to ask for an inspection. We had just sold our old home and decided since the price was so good we would pay cash. There were a few things we needed to do like a new roof and a new component for the heater but for the most part it is great. We would like to know how to find out if it is tied down ( we are not on a slab but on jacks/pillars). we are getting ready to sell having found out that I am seriously allergic to most of the lovely landscaping. we were told the home has to be tied down to sell it and we have no idea if it is or isn't. we will be getting an inspector out here to find out if it is but we were wondering if there is anything before that inspection we can do to find out if it is tied down or not. We are feeling like we got taken in by the beauty of the place and innocently got handed a lemon. here in Az. it is illegal to sell without tie downs and since ours was a cash transaction we are concerned we were sold an unsafe home. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Hi Mary. Thanks so much for visiting our site and for your question. This video shows a good view of what tie downs I have seen look similar to. You should see straps and something mounted in the ground that they connect to while also connecting to the underside frame of your home. https://youtu.be/y5dsvyWodJQ

      If you are concerned, you can have someone from a local installer come and out some in. I can't believe someone would charge too much to do it.

      It is a really good idea to get an inspection on used mobile homes. We purchased a home in FL two years ago and I made the decision the day before the down payment was due to have someone do it and I was really glad to know all of the things we might want to negotiate at time of purchase and what things I might be looking at in the near future. It was so in depth I couldn't believe it!

      Good luck to you with your sale. We sold our FL home only 6 months later. It'seems a nice place to visit, but I am a NY girl through and through, so it didn't last long.

      Thanks again for visiting!

  2. hello im new and i was just wonderin are all mobile home closet doors standard?? size??

    • Hi Tammy. Thanks for visiting our site.

      I don't believe all mobile home closet doors are standard. In our double wide, many years ago, we used to have a kitchen pantry and a walk in closet in the master bedroom (both are gone now). Both of these doors were about 28" wide. However, we also had a linen closet in our master bath (gone now too!), and it was not wider than 24 inches.

      I've seen closets in newer mobile homes (ours is a 95) that are much wider, closer to 32/36" doors.
      We appreciated your comment. I asked Mr. McGee to help me remember the various closets in our home over the years and we have done so many renovations in our home that we almost didn't remember there was a closet in the master bath! It's fun to look around and to remember the way things were when we first purchased our home. It is almost unrecognizable now.

      Best of luck with your home renovations!

  3. Just read several of your posts and love your site. We are in the remodeling phase of our 1985 single wide, it has been totally gutted and reconfigured to where we made the kitchen twice the size by taking out one bedroom, then making the bathroom bigger by taking half the third bedroom and extending the bathroom, and the other half of the third bedroom will be the mudroom/laundry room with storage. As this fall we are adding an addition which will entail a master bedroom and large living room. Our contractor has already framed the openings to the new addition for bathroom and living room. They will be drywall ed over til we have the funds to do the addition. The problem we are finding is insurance. I read your post in regards to HUDS change from mobile to manufactured distinction. We have talked to several agents and they will only insure for a total cost of $40k, no matter what we add to it. Which the cost is over $38k currently. I'm going to talk to the insurance agent and see if that makes a difference.

    • Thanks for posting and for your question regarding insurance.
      We insure through MetLife. When we speak with them, we never utter the words "trailer" or "mobile home". We only refer to our home as a "manufactured home", which is how the government classifies it, so that is accurate language to use as long as it was built after 1976. They will ask you if the home is tied down, what kind of foundation it's on (ours is on concrete spaced footers, not a concrete slab). When you speak with them, tell them to give the information to their underwriting team and ask them if they will insure the home. We have cancelled this insurance once and obtained the same policy again and been approved by the underwriters a second time. We have our home insured for the market value, not what we paid for it. It is insured for replacement cost.

      Depending upon where you live and the risks of your area, you may only be able to have your home insured by a state sponsored insurance program. When we owned a home in Florida, our insurance could only be obtained through a program called Citizen's, I believe. And it cost 5 times what we pay for our home in NY, because in Florida, they have hurricanes.

      Good luck to you. I hope you are able to work this out. It's really disappointing to put so much work and money into a home and not be able to recoup if you have a loss.

  4. BILL COOK
    WE LIVE IN TUCSON AZ. AS YOU KNOW IT IS HOT NEED TO COOL IT DOWN
    DO I COOL OUTSIDE OR COOL FROM THE IN SIDE WE BOUGHT A 1985
    PLEASE HELP

    • Hi Bill. I'm not sure I understand your question about heating from the inside or outside. Can you elaborate? I know manufactured homes can get very hot inside.
      This year, we are replacing our windows with triple pane double hung windows. I'm hoping that makes a huge difference. I will report on that once we have them installed next week.

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