Renderings ~ Manufactured Home Reno

We’ve been toying with the idea of selling off my dream home. (You know the one that I said they’d have to drag me out feet first ’cause I proclaimed I would never leave.) Well, as the kids are leaving -we have one left and it’s time for him to leave the nest too. So, we’ve got a big house on a largish lot that is a bit larger than we want to contend with into our twilight years. Not to mention the cost… So we’ve been looking into ‘age restricted communities’ locally… That’s right -for the “55 and over set”.  I have to admit the ‘community’ aspect of a park with like minded and similar aged people is appealing. (Oh for heaven’s sake! I know I don’t look a day over 40! LOL!).

Age restricted communities here means manufactured home parks where the homes are set on concrete foundations and can come with garages and small yards. There are even options to own the land.  Even though the parks are tidy with lots of amenities like swimming pools and club houses, it is obvious that the homes have become dated.  Clearly they are dated to the time frame when the parks were started which is in the early 80’s here, so they are mostly in need of renovating.

I’ve been collecting some ideas on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/pamdesigns/mobile-renovation/   Based on a local real estate listing with lots of interior pictures, I have come up with a few  renovation ideas of my own:

Painted, gable shakes added, pergola over wrap-around porch and arbor over garage; stonework added; windows replaced and shutters added.

Painted, gable shakes added, pergola over wrap-around porch and arbor over garage; stonework added; windows replaced and shutters added.

Replaced windows; tongue and groove ceiling, laminate floors, painted over paneling. Structure to enclose dining room adjacent to living room.

Replaced windows; tongue and groove ceiling, laminate floors, painted over paneling. Structure to enclose dining room adjacent to living room.

Living View 2

This dining room is in the center of the house and has no outside windows. It's the transitional space that has doorways to all of the other major parts of the home.

This dining room is in the center of the house and has no outside windows. It’s the transitional space that has doorways to all of the other major parts of the home.

Dining Room ~ Walls were added to define and enlarge the dining room space. Ceiling was dropped and a tray detail created that includes a tin ceiling in an antiqued painted finish. Rendering by Pamela Rodriguez

Dining Room ~ Walls were added to define and enlarge the dining room space. Ceiling was dropped and a tray detail created that includes a tin ceiling in an antiqued painted finish.

Dining View 3 Dining View 1

New finishes, appliances, cabinets & sink. Plan not changed.

Kitchen ~ New finishes, appliances, cabinets & sink. Plan not changed.

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