About Us

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

63 Comments:

  1. Hi! Love your site. Can you please tell me the color you had your siding and shutters painted?

    • Hi Nancy! Thanks for visiting our site and commenting.
      The paint information is as follows:

      Shutters: Behr Ultra Base 4853 Ultra Exterior Flat Matte
      #1002-7A Regal Plum

      House siding: Behr Ultra Base 4854 Ultra Exterior Flat Matte
      #6006-1C Ivory Brown

      We love the colors and painted both our home in NY and Florida the same. It looks great on both.

  2. I want to remove the popcorn ceiling in my mobile home. Scared I will mess up the ceiling. Don't know what is under there. What do you think?

    • Hi Twana. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
      Popcorn ceilings are sprayed on. You should be able to spray it down with a spray bottle of water to make it damp and then scrape it off with a wallpaper skimmer or other flat blade or scraper.
      If your home is older than 1990, you will want to have a sample of the popcorn spray tested for asbestos. You DO NOT want to disturb it if it has asbestos in it. If it tests positive for asbestos, you will need to have a certified asbestos removal company remove the popcorn. Here's a video on what you should expect under the popcorn:
      https://youtu.be/Lz0YjQyrkMY

      Good luck with your project. If you do it, please come and brag about it here or on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mobilehomemakeover
      Happy remodeling!

    • Have a professional do it. Its a Huge mess but they can leave it clean, neat and painted.

  3. 2004 single wide 14×60 with catherdal ceilings want to remove two interior walls(former bed room) to increase living room and dining room size wall thickness is about three inches do you think this would be a load bearing wall?

    thanks in advance tom

    • Hi Tom. Thanks so much for visiting our site. I have great difficulty giving advice about load bearing walls. We get this question a lot and I like to recommend that you have someone look at the walls who is a professional. Every manufactured home model is different and has different features that might require a wall to be load bearing. For a long time, most advice was that single wide mobile homes only had load bearing walls around the outside of the home and double wides had them around the outside and in the center line. However, there are many different models of single wides and some have lower ceilings in some sections and higher ceilings in other areas and those might require load bearing walls on the inner area of the home. Single wides used to mostly be built with flat roofs so the exterior walls were the only load bearing, but now they are a little wide and some are built with cathedral ceilings like you have, and the smaller walls might be load bearing to make up for that. Your best bet is to find a contractor that people trust, someone who has been used by someone you know and have maybe seen their work or if they have excellent reviews. Have them come and advise on this issue and recommend a course of action. Another good person to have do it would be your local building inspector or a paid home inspector.

      I'm sorry I can't be of more help with this. We are considering taking a wall out between two bedrooms in our double wide home that are on opposite sides of the center marriage line. We might assume that these closet walls between the two rooms wouldn't be load bearing…especially since the whole living room doesn't have any wall throughout the center, but we are still too careful to just assume. It's important to get the advice of our contractor who has done several other jobs for us that have been too large for us to tackle. We trust his advice. It's a good idea to cultivate a relationship with someone like this. Hire them for a small job or two, see if you think they are knowledgeable, and then ask their advice on this bigger task. Having the walls removed by a contractor may even be a better idea, then finishing the job yourself. If you make sure they are insured and if they remove the walls and they end up being load bearing, if something happens, that person could be held responsible if they were incorrect.

      Best of luck to you!
      The McGees

  4. I inherited my 2000 Double-wide and am in the process of trying to figure out what to do to bring it up to date. I have already replaced the carpeting that extended to each of the bathrooms (gross) and had the bathroom tub/shower combo replaced. The design of the kitchen is a galley style, that just doesn't work right. Have you any ideas or anyone else for that matter on how to change my kitchen? I can't even put an island in there for more counter top space….

    • Thanks for commenting, Vivianne!

      I know counter space is at a premium in those galley style kitchens. To increase space on your counter when there isn't any space to be had, it may work to get rid of as many things that you have on your counter as possible. Do you have a microwave taking up space? How about a rolling cart for that? How about a mixer? Or coffee maker? These things can be put in custom cabinet areas or on shelves built onto the wall/backsplash area that would free up actual counter top space. I really love tall upper cabinets, and once I start the remodel on our new manufactured home we've purchased in the South, I will be looking at tall upper cabinets as well as tall (96" or so) pantry cabinets for the end of a counter area. These cabinets can be retrofitted with some shelving that pulls out or with outlets inside of them that can store the things you might normally keep on a counter top. If they are housed in cabinets that allow them to remain in service by plugging them in in place, you just push them back into the cabinet when done and your counter space is always clear of this clutter. I always keep my toaster in a cupboard or in the lower drawer of my oven. If you need more cabinet space to store things you want to take off of the counter, consider using a hanging pan rack or storing your pans in your oven. I always keep my pans in the oven. Why waste that precious storage space???!!!
      I hope these thoughts are helpful as you move forward with your design and remodeling ideas.
      I would love to see what you're working on so please check out our facebook page and post some pics there whenever you like!

      • Counter space is important. I covered my stove grills with those round white covers. I can place things on them when assembling dinner. Also periodically I simply pull everything off the counter and place it on my dining room table. Then think about what I absolutely NEED on the counter and what I can place elsewhere. White space is good. Simplify. Eliminate stuff. But have fun.
        My laundry area is at the end of the kitchen and behind attractive folding doors. I purchased at Lowes a quality table top oven and placed it on top of the dryer. Its wonderful. Like a built in stove at a great height. Cooks pizzas too. No one sees it when I am finished cooking cookies or a roast. I now use the stove oven for storage. I recently added to the kitchen (bed bath & b) a white 3 shelf metal table on rollers. Very handy to put stuff on – Not to work on. But it holds a lot and rolls easily.
        So declutter regularly. Have fun. Lynette W. Designer

  5. Hello. My wife and i just bought our dream property, but unfortunately, not so much the dream home. It's a 1979 office trailer, converted to a home in 2009. It has two very large bedrooms, and we are planning on changing the floor plan to 3 bedrooms. This will involve taking out a large portion of a center wall. Everything I read says the center wall, under the marriage joint, is load bearing. Well, that marriage joint is in the center of the hallway, about 42 inch wide, with bedrooms on either side. That puts the walls almost 2 feet on either side of the joint. My question is would these bedroom walls be load bearing? We also plan on making trusses, and raising the pitch to standard (it's a low pitch now, about 2/12, but that's later, and cosmetic only. My main concern is the two walls that need removed.

    • Hi Michael. Thanks for visiting and for your comment. Is this a single or a double wide? When you say "center wall" do you mean the wall that runs down the hallway of a single wide and encloses the bedrooms and bathrooms? Or do you mean the center joining wall that is the center of a double wide? If it's a double wide and the center wall is what you are planning to remove, you will need to find a permanent solution for supporting that center joint. I cannot advise as to how you should do it, but perhaps posts or pillars would be helpful? My recommendation is to have a licensed contractor or someone knowledgeable like a home inspector look at it and advise you as which walls you can remove or modify and which you cannot.

      Also, if you are considering building trusses and raising the pitch of the wall, you may want to know the load the side walls can carry. I imagine a higher pitch roof truss requires more wood than what is there currently, and you will be adding weight to the exterior walls, which they will have to bear. Again, a licensed contractor or home inspector, or even your local code enforcement officer may be able to tell you which walls you can mess with and which you cannot.

      Good luck to you in this project. I know full well the feeling of having a large slate of work in front of you and wanting to get started and get it done. But, being safe in how you develop the project really needs to be a priority. You want to protect your investment of your work and materials because even when you do a lot of work to a manufactured home, it doesn't increase in value often.

  6. Everyday that I look at the french door in my small 2nd bedroom makes me glad I had it put in. Even if you have a small backyard you can make it pretty and the french door with the glass simply makes the room seem so much larger and sunnier. I also took off the closet doors, put the chest of drawers in there and an attractive curtain. Still plenty of closet space but it allowed more space in the room. I utilized the cathedral wall for bookcases as tall as possible, tv area, etc. And if you have an interior walk in closet with a high ceiling, that offers great storage space too. My lanai room is covered and screened so last year I purchased a white armoire with doors at Home Depot and had it installed. It gives you a great 3rd closet and looks quite attractive. Not that expensive either.

    • Sounds like you've been busy Lynette! I'd love to put a french door in the front of our new home and have it lead to a front porch. We'd have to figure out which side to put it on though. I bet your's looks great! We don't have a screened lanai, but we have a super long carport and extra driveway beyond that so we are considering putting one in. I'd love to see pics of what you've done. Check out our facebook page and post pics there if you have a chance!

  7. I want to expand small bedroom in a double wide…cathedral ceiling..what do I have to do?

  8. Hi. I moved into a nice manufactured home in FL after a large home in CT. I am a designer so the first thing I did was have the home painted a soft taupe color on the inside (Behr paint). The 2nd bedroom was small so I had a contractor remove the tiny window to the back yard and put in a French Door. Then a good wide step and large wood deck. Also put a sail over the french door to cut the sun and provide some shelter. The French Door was worth every penny. Had the cabinets in the kitchen recently repainted along with the shutter doors to the laundry area. Added new counter top. Replaced many ceiling lights and fans. Put a great tiny ceiling fan in the hall way, and its terrific. Really moves the air. I get lots of compliments. Living small is so cool. We all started the Tiny House Movement. Have fun with your smart small home!

    • Thank you, Lynette, for visiting and sharing your projects. It's so nice to hear of someone else moving to FL. We are closing on a new home there next week! We'll be moving from the cold of NY and really looking forward to it. The walls in our new home are taupe as well and the floor is all laminate greyish taupe throughout. It is really beautiful. I love the idea of the french door to the back yard. Our home is in a manufactured home community, so we don't have much of a back yard, but it would be great to have more access to it via a french door with a small fenced area. (we are allowed to have some fencing.) Thanks for this great idea! I might have to get on that right away :-)

      It sounds like you are happy where you are and cozy in your warm and sunny space. Maybe MyMobileHomeMakeover.com visitors who live in Florida should plan a get together sometime!
      All the best to you…

  9. Hi, we have 1979 schulz single wide. I was wondering how to figure out if this 1/2 cabinet hutch looking thing is a support or can I rip it out? It is between the kitchen and livingroom. Any way of figuring it out? Any help would be appreciated . Wish I can send a pic.

    • Hi Amy. Thanks for visiting our site. The best way to know if it's load bearing or not is to have a professional look at it. We did tear out a couple of short walls in our manufactured home that were not load bearing with success. But, a recent visitor to our site had a cabinet sort of thing on the end of a room dividing kitchen counter that she was told was load bearing with a post in the middle of it. You can post pictures on our facebook page if you like at https://www.facebook.com/mobilehomemakeover
      I can let you know if what you have is similar to what she showed me.

      Good luck!

  10. help!!!I live in a mobile home that my husband bought from his mother in the 90's,it's a single wide,& the kitchen cabinets are horrible!!they are a dark brown pressed wood,i want to paint them,but afraid to ruin them(cant get much worse!!!).the room is so dark,i hate it.what can I do????I appreciate your help. thanxs,tammie w.

    • Thanks for visiting our site and commenting Tammie. I know older single wides can be quite dark and have paneled walls that make things feel much smaller.
      You can paint your kitchen cabinets. We painted our old ones and they were actually the kind that have a pressed on "printed" laminate wood look to them. They were made of pressed board and cheap sticks. :-) Or, at least that's what they looked like!

      Check out this post from a while back to see our old cabinets and then the way they looked when we painted them white. We used a coat of primer that works on laminate and two coats of paint. It really brightened up the room! We've since replaced the cabinets, but I thought this blog post would be a good place for you to start to see what a difference a little paint can make.
      http://www.mymobilehomemakeover.com/wp-content/up

      Here's a pic of the cabinets after they were painted: http://www.mymobilehomemakeover.com/wp-content/up

      Here's a good post from the Ragged Wren about painting laminate cabinets. These are the same type of cabinets we had. We did not peel off the laminate because we didn't intend for them to have to last that much longer. But they did…about 7 years longer, even without peeling them. I imagine if you want to be sure they won't peel after painting, peeling the laminate off would be best. http://theraggedwren.blogspot.ca/2013/11/painting

      Best of luck to you as you tweak your spaces to be bright and friendly!

    • I've had my Kitchen cabinets repainted and replaced the knobs w brushed chrome. Looks terrific and doesn't cost a lot. I'd suggest using a professional but not someone from a big box store. Since then I've had the flooring in kitchen and 2 bathrooms replaced, ceiling in lanai, several fans and light fixtures and thermostat. This is over a period of time of course. The Zone AC is the way to go for air cond. I also had a french door installed in a small dark back bedroom. It makes all the difference in the world! Worth every penny. I am a designer and my home must look lovely or I can not live there. But it does look charming and is comfy…plus no mortgage payment!

      • Thanks for visiting Lynette!
        It sounds like you've done a lot to your home! It feels great to make these little homes cozy with a style all our own, doesn't it? Thanks for the advice about Zone AC. We will be looking into that. We are having new triple pane windows installed this week and hope it will be the answer to keeping it cool in our home. But, we've seriously considered central AC when we install a new furnace sometime in the next year or two.

        Since you are a designer, keep an eye out for my next book…it should be of interest to designers and their clients!

  11. Great ideas! I do not have a manufactured home yet, but am giving it a lot of thought for when I retire in 4.5 yrs. I love cottage style and enjoy refinishing vintage furniture. I was thinking about how to recreate cottage style in a manufactured home and had something in mind very much like the the work you did in your living room. You did a great job and I think it looks wonderful! Love the pergola, too!
    Best regards, Sue.

    • Thank you for your comment, Sue. We love the cottage style. Very casual and light. We are hoping to retire to a warmer climate in about the same time frame you are looking at. We will likely buy another mobile home when we do. It's a great choice! Good luck to you!

  12. Hi Guys, I need some advice. First some background. I'm about to turn 69, single gal, presently a homeowner in Cape Cod, MA. Recently (light dawns on Marblehead) that all of my SS goes to my mortgage. I want to change that and think I can by downsizing to a mobile home. I want to get off Cape Cod and locate myself between my 2 kids. I've zero'd in on Storrs, CT where there is a Jensen's Community. I'd like to purchase a mobile home there, but what is available would require lots of remodeling. I can do some DIY, but will need a contractor. Do I need to hire someone who works exclusively on mobile homes? Will the local Building Inspection Dept. be familiar with mobile home codes. I imagine they are quite specific. What about home inspectors and inspections prior to purchasing? I realize that much of this kind of remodeling must be unique to mobile homes and am concerned about budgeting. Will it be more or less?
    I am trying to read and educate myself as much as I can on the subject. I've remodeled several homes in the past, in fact my career was in Interior Design, so I'm not a stranger to remodeling. I am accustomed to planning as much as possible in advance, but this is new territory for me. ANY and ALL advice would be welcome.
    Love the site, thanks so much. Cheryl

    • Hi Cheryl. Thanks for visiting our site and taking the time to comment. It's a great choice to make the move to a mobile home in retirement. We own a doublewide now and have a significant amount of land. But we are thinking of moving to warmer climes and are going to rent at first and then hope to purchase a mobile home wherever we decide we love to be. Low maintenance, low cost, low utilities.

      It will be important to contact the local code enforcement officer or equivalent in the community you want to move to. They should be able to tell you what codes you need to abide by and if you need any permits for work done on your home. Our town has no zoning, and no rules about mobile homes or who can work on them. We are lucky! But towns nearby do have restrictions on mobile homes and who can work on them. Mostly this occurs in a mobile home community or park. If the mobile home you want is in a park or community, ask the administrators of that community what their rules are about who can work on homes in their park. A local park near us where several of my family members have lived does have a rule like this. But not all of them do.

      I believe that people have proven the old mindset that mobile home remodeling is specialized to be a myth. While there may be some things you won't want to do in your home that might be affected by the home shifting if it's not set on a concrete pad, there aren't too many things you can't do with regard to regular remodeling such as new kitchens and appliances, walls, flooring, plumbing, electrical, etc. You can feel pretty confident that you won't be doing anything that would put a heavy strain on your home that it wouldn't tolerate.

      So, contacting local code enforcement through the local government as well as contacting the administrators of a park or community if the home is located in one would be where I would begin asking these questions. We have never hired someone who works specifically on mobile homes. A good contractor will know what a home can bear and what is safe to install.

      Good luck to you. I hope you find the solutions you are looking for by enjoying mobile home living!

      The McGees

  13. I have been in my new home since June and I love it. Manufactured homes came a long way. The last time I lived in one was when I was in the military back in 1991. I want to know how to go about changing my skirt. I want either a brick look or stone. How do I go about measuring or is it best to get someone to install it for me?

    • Hi Angela. Thanks for visiting our site and taking time to comment!
      I'm so glad you love your home. Is it new?
      We have not done the stone or brick look skirting. We probably could, however because the skirting we built was 2×4 framing with plywood facing that we used a quality Olympic stain on…it has lasted 7 years so far with no rotting or issues. Now you've got me thinking about a new look though!
      I was curious about whether this type of skirting would go on just by itself like traditional vinyl or metal skirting, or if it need a plywood backing. I found this link with complete instructions and photo guide. http://www.fauxpanels.com/install-panels-skirting
      Good luck with your project! And if you'd like some tips on things to look for when hiring someone, check out my post on that at http://www.mymobilehomemakeover.com/2013/03/contr

      Please come back and share your experience if you decide to move forward with this project!
      Happy remodeling,
      The McGees

  14. Hey there! I am so glad I found your site. I'm in the middle of doing renovations on the 1996 mobile home I purchased and have run into serious problems with leaky windows. I was wondering if you guys knew of any companies willing to install windows in a mobile home. With the colder months coming on, I'm in a bit of a panic.

    • Hi SD.
      Congratulations on your purchase! I know those old windows can be a nightmare. They are like picture frame glass. I don't know where you live, but I don't know anyone outside of my area who might install windows in your home. I can tell you that we installed our own after ordering them from Ashville Mobile Homes at this site: http://www.ashvillemobilehomes.com/kinro-vinyl-wi
      They have so many standard sizes for manufactured homes. We couldn't find our window sizes at lowes or home depot when we did them. They were easy to install ourselves. There are two of us so we had that going for us, but it really wasn't that complicated. We've had them in our home for 7 years now with no issues. I do not get any kickback or anything from the purchase of these windows, I just really loved how easy it was to order them and that they were reasonably priced. We did all of our windows 6 huge ones and 2 small ones for less than $1300.00 with installing them ourselves.

      Any reputable independent contractor should be able to install these fairly easily for a reasonable price if they are just taking a window out and replacing it with one of the exact same size without altering the opening. Ask around for local references and referrals and see if someone trustworthy is near you. Don't pay the whole balance up front for install…Don't pay any more than half with a deadline for install completion. Check out my post on hiring a contractor… http://www.mymobilehomemakeover.com/2013/03/contr

      Good luck with your window replacement. I hope you find someone good to do it and you are toasty warm all winter!

      The McGees

  15. Can I put knotty pine planks over the existing ceiling panels in my 1979 double wide without tearing out old panels?

    • Hi raeAnn. Thank you for visiting our site and for commenting.
      We put our knotty pine right over our original popcorn ceiling. We did scrape it a a bit with a shopvac first to smooth it out. I cannot speak specifically to your particular home and I don't give advice one way or another, but I am happy to share how we did ours. We marked on the walls where the ceiling joists were and we nailed all of the boards into the joists. We also used Loctite construction adhesive on each piece for additional adhesion. I hope it works out that you are able to do this if you like. We absolutely love the way it looks in our home.

      Happy remodeling!

      The McGees

  16. We had renters in my 1987 single wide before they moved in it was just redone, can you give any information on doing walls and kitchens and bathrooms my husband wants to remodel this home I need all the help I can get with idea's and where to buy the material. the wickman's

    • Hi Janet. Thanks for visiting our site and taking the time to comment. I apologize for my late reply. I hope by now you have taken a look around our site to find all the posts and that they have provided much useful information and ideas to help you remodel your home. Good luck with your projects!

      The McGees

  17. I've been pouring over you site (great info!) because my daughter and her boyfriend just bought a 1985 double wide that needs updating badly. We will do the work ourselves and wonder what we will encounter when we begin opening ceilings (for exhaust fans) and opening or removing walls to open the space up.
    We have done some reno on stick built homes but have no idea what to expect in the unseen places in this trailer. There is a spongey area in the floor from a prior leak (since stopped) so we plan to remove all the flooring (hodgepodge of tile, carpet, vinyl tile) and put down laminate wood planks throughout, replacing the subfloor in the damaged areas. Are there any standards we can go by? Are studs typically 16" on center? Can we assume the thicker walls are load-baring and the thin (about 2" thick) walls can be removed without the roof caving in??? Is the plumbing standard sized? Is the electric typically run above the ceiling?
    We've SO much to learn but are up for the challenge.
    Thank you for any insight or resources you can share.
    -Linda

    • Welcome, Linda and thanks for your comment! I have shared this link on the blog before regarding load bearing walls… http://www.mcgarryandmadsen.com/inspection/Blog/E
      These home inspectors say that only the outside walls and the center joining walls in a double wide are the load bearing walls. Anything inside can be removed.
      We use water resistant plywood for subflooring in areas that will be exposed to water like kitchen, bath, and laundry room. We found this product at Lowes. The plumbing varies over the years, but you can retrofit plumbing fixtures. We've always used standard house plumbing fixtures in every remodel. We adjust using compression fittings. We assume that studs are 16" on center, but we've been surprised with interior walls especially. These seem to be a hodge podge of whatever they have available and wherever they need to fit them. Studding in exterior walls tend to be as they should.

      Electric is another crazy mismatch of methods. The biggest problem we have found is that in some places they stretch the wiring so taught that if we want to do anything different with the wiring, we have to use a junction box and extend the wire with new, rather than just pulling more wire and using new fixtures. We've also then found so much wire crammed in a wall that didn't need to be used. A lot of wiring is in the ceiling, but much of it runs in the walls so be careful when screwing and sawing or cutting into walls.

      Good luck to you and feel free to come back if you have other questions. If we can help we're happy to!

      The McGees

  18. Wow! If only I got the budget for my house to be renovated. Geez, I love those ideas.

  19. I purchased my first home 3 years ago, its a 1973 double-wide. It was a fixer and I've been slowly doing just that. The home has a family room with a wet-bar. I'm not much of a drinker so to me it was wasted space so I closed in the opening and made it into storage. Since this is an older home it does have the hated paneling. There are building codes in some states that because of the weight of sheet-rock its not a good idea to use it, that and the cost is so much. I came up with another idea I saw on a DIY program. I sanded down the paneling and put drywall mud over the paneling, let it dry, lightly sanded it then put on another coat; primed and painted. You can't tell there is paneling.
    My next project was the 2nd bedroom and bath. I hated the dirty carpeting so took it out and replaced with vinyl plank flooring in both. Looks great. I didn't want to use laminate or hardwood flooring because the home can become un-level. Replaced the sink and toilet (gold toilet & tub), yuck!
    The biggest project is my kitchen. It had the worst looking cabinets; its an L shaped kitchen with the stove in an island. Behind the stove was a wall which cut off light going into the family room, it came down. In its place I put more cabinets on the back side of a new slide-in in stove and made it into a big island. There are fluorescent lights in the bulkhead that does nothing but take up space so raised the bulkhead to about 1/2 of what it was and put in recessed lights. Still not completely finished, waiting for the new corian countertops to be installed next week and new flooring will be installed towards the end of the year. I'm lucky that I have 2 sons and a daughter that are in construction. Its a long process but since this is my first and last home I want to make it mine.

    • Welcome to our site and thanks so much for taking the time to share your comments, Linda. I love the idea you've offered about using drywall mud over the paneling. I doubt many people have done that, and I bet it looks great. If you have pics somewhere on the web, please share them with us! It sounds like you have a lot to keep you busy in your double wide. It's so great that you have so much support with your children in the construction field. We have learned as we go, and my dad was a housing inspector who managed the maintenance for public housing until he retired so we have always had a lot of encouragement and help. Good luck with your future projects and happy remodeling!

      The McGees

    • Linda, I have the same bulkhead dilemma.. How did you raise the bulkhead? I would love to do that but don't have a clue how to start. Thanks

  20. Beth,

    My fiance and I were attending a co-worker's Memorial Day BBQ when we noticed a single-wide for sale across the street. We are in the market for a home and thought, "What the hell," and asked the home owner if we could take a look. To our surprise, there was a lot of space inside and a beautiful view of the lake. Before seeing walking through the home we hadn't considered a mobile home before but now we are applying for mobile home financing! But even better, I found your site on the Mobile and Manufactured Home Living website and now have inspirational ideas for remodeling the 1987 beauty! Knowing we aren't the only mobile home DIY'ers, we are much more confident in getting started! I cannot wait to get my hands dirty and will be sure to take before and after photos.
    Thank you for this great blog and DIY lessons!
    Erin

    • Thanks for posting, Erin! So happy you've found MyMobilehomeMakeover.com and also the Mobile Home Living site Crystal puts together. It's been a labor of love, and I don't get to post as often as I would like, but I hope the information you find here is inspirational and useful to you and your fiance. I have several projects in my back pocket that I haven't written about yet and hope to get them up in over the next few months.

      I would be really interested in learning of your financing experience. Normally, financing is more expensive because mobile homes don't often don't qualify for traditional mortgages, but need personal load financing which carries higher interest rates. I'd love to hear what your experience is in purchasing if you are willing to share. I like to be able to answer questions readers ask in an informed manner so I'm always collecting real-life experiences such as yours.

      We wish you lots of luck and joy in creating a lovely home in your new mobile home. See it as a blank slate…you can do anything and make it your own! Don't be intimidated. I used to be. But my dad, my hero in our remodeling efforts, always assured me we could do pretty much anything in our manufactured home that we could do in a stick-built home. We always thought we had to buy "trailer" quality or specialty items for replacement or repair. This isn't true. You can modify pretty much anything to make it a quality, beautiful home. Please feel free to come back and share your ideas or run your questions by us. We would be happy to share anything that might be helpful to you in your projects.

      Happy remodeling!

      The McGees

  21. I am new to owning a manufactured home. I just bought one. It is a 2014 Clayton Home single-wide. I want to know what can I use to decorate the walls without damaging them.
    Angela

    • Welcome to our site and thanks for posting, Angela! Congratulations on your new home purchase. You must be really excited. I'm curious what your walls are made out of. The newer mobile homes may have sheetrock walls in them and you should be able to use standard picture hangers with small nails without a problem. In our older mobile home, I have always used plastic push pins to hang our pics with, It only makes a tiny hole and the walls support them better than a regular nail.

      Good luck with your new home and come back again soon!

      The McGees

      • I am really excited. I am waiting on closing. I believe it is sheetrock because this is a 2014 model. My plan is to buy land in about a year then move it then add on to it. My goal is to create my dream home.

        • Good luck to you, Angela! It sounds like you have a great plan. May it all work out to be the home you dream of!

          Beth

  22. I need to find away to plan out a floor renovation to turn the back bedroom and bathroom and spre bedroom into a master

  23. Just came across your site by accident and love it. So much helpful info. Thank you so much.

    • Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to comment, Marlena! Please come back again soon.

      All the best,
      The McGees

  24. I love the information. I am going to try to tackle updating my double wide. Had some outside water damage, but also to make it more homey, Can you tell me where did you purchase your rope bath tub? I have a huge bathroom with the ugly yellowing garden tub. It takes to much water to fill and gets cold to fast. Even in South Texas we like our hot baths. Also, did you do any insulating when you replaced your walls?

    Dawn Melody

  25. What a great site!

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