Say goodbye to mobile homes and trailer parks- there’s a new cost effective housing option in town! Allow us to introduce you to the manufactured home. Basically, how it works is that they’re houses built from factory materials and assembled on a housing site.
Manufactured homes have an edge over the traditional home because, for the most part, they’re much cheaper than site-built homes. Plus, manufactured homes are far more customizable and luxurious than the typical mobile home set-up.
So, if you’re looking for customization and remodel ideas, look no further! Here are just a few of the many options that you have when it comes to remodeling your manufactured home.
Manufactured Home Remodels vs. Traditional Home Remodels
If you’re new to owning a manufactured home, you might be wondering how to go about it. After all, a manufactured home remodel has got to be different from a normal home remodel, right?
Well, take it from someone who’s been there before- remodeling a manufactured home is nothing new! The techniques behind a manufactured home remodel are actually pretty spot-on with the standard remodeling practices of traditional homes. So, with that in mind, here are some home remodel best-practices that’ll make your place feel brand new!
A New Coat of Paint
Whether you’re remodeling a standard house or a manufactured home, a new coat of paint can make all the difference. In fact, even repainting a small area can make a space feel completely revitalized. Take the photo above, for example. All they did to spice up their kitchen was add a new coat of paint for their cabinets, and voila!
For cabinets, you could try a darker color for a more moody or modern look. Or, you could go with a bright color to make the room feel a bit lighter! Plus, you can always check out what the experts say for even more color ideas.
Painting one area is great, but if you wanna go all in then why not repaint your interior walls as well? For interior paint colors, you’ll probably want to go with either neutral colors or colors that otherwise tie into your space. Be sure to take inventory of what colors you’ve already got to work with (i.e. the color of your floors, furniture, decorations, etc.) and work with those in mind!
The Power of New Furniture
If ripping down walls and getting your hands dirty isn’t really your thing, why not try some new furniture? Replacing your old furniture with new pieces is a great way to make a space feel new, and it’ll allow you to re-design your space as well.
Take the Maxwells’ home, for example. Before their remodel, their manufactured home felt a bit out of date. With an old TV stand, dirty carpeting, and mismatched furniture, the space wasn’t exactly living up to their expectations. So, they changed it up!
After their remodel, the space was completely transformed. The Maxwells chose furniture that tied together, using the theme of different shades of brown to make the room feel coherent. Plus, they opted for hardwood flooring rather than the old carpet.
These kinds of upgrades may seem small, but as you can see, they make all the difference! When choosing new furniture, make sure that the pieces work well together, and be sure to use your space to your advantage.
If you look at the photos again, you’ll notice that one big transformation in the Maxwell home was the upgrade of an old TV set to a mounted TV and smaller cabinet. The set-up uses approximately the same amount of space, but it feels way more sophisticated in the second photo.
That’s because the TV mounted on the wall serves as a focal point, with negative space above and below it. Meanwhile, in the first photo the TV was distracted by the shelves above it, making the room feel more cluttered. So, if you’re thinking about getting new furniture, be sure to pay attention to negative space!
Use Vertical Space to Your Advantage
When you’ve got a small space, you’ve got to use every inch to your advantage. Chances are, your manufactured home may be large overall, but the rooms aren’t that gigantic. So, one great remodel idea is to try out new techniques to optimize that space!
Like the manufactured home pictured above, you could use vertical space to up your bedroom space. This room functions as the grandkids’ room. By stacking the beds vertically, the kids are left with plenty of floor space to play.
Plus, you can use vertical space to up your storage game as well. Floating shelves, under-the-bed storage, and double-use furniture are all great ways to get the most out of your small space.
Unlike other housing styles, manufactured homes are what you make of them! So, if you’re considering remodeling, the sky's the limit. You can remodel according to any design scheme you like- retro, contemporary, cottage core, you name it!
In addition to aesthetic fixes, you may also want to look at function as well. Windows, doors, and cabinets are a great place to start, and they make all the difference in making your home feel brand-new. You could also upgrade your appliances to make your spaces feel truly up-to-date. Or, for more interior remodel ideas, try out these top tips from an expert interior designer.
So, what are you waiting for? No matter what design aesthetic you choose, manufactured homes are sure to be easy on your wallet- and with our tips, they’re sure to become easy on the eyes as well! Happy remodeling!
Katie Sabel is a writer from Saratoga, CA, currently studying creative writing at Carnegie Mellon University. Her writing spans across multiple genres, including professional writing, playwriting, poetry, fiction, and game writing.