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Old 10-27-2008, 08:44 AM   #31
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I joined the site to see the Darylh's renovation pictures of the not-so-mobile home, to see the nightmare reno someone else is going through, and to read as much as I can because....we just bought a mobile home, and we need to renovate it. Thanks for all the information I have read so far. We just finished renovating an RV, I hope a mobile home is just as easy, or familiar.
Welcome RGBJLB, there will be some familars but remember one is used to travel on the road with and one is not. If you can remodel a RV I am sure you can do a mobile, just have patients and take lots of pics and post them with your questions. It is a lot easier to relate questions with a picture. A little info on the mobile like year, size also helps. Good luck and keep us up to date with pics.

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Old 11-05-2008, 01:36 AM   #32
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Thanks for the info. What was the blocking that you mentioned?

I did find a site which had a drawing of general mobile home construction. It was helpful. http://www.mygreathome.com/fix-it_guide/diagram.htm I believe what you said is what I will find when I tear the floor covering off. It should be fun. I hope to contain my trips to Home Depot to 3.

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Old 11-05-2008, 05:35 PM   #33
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Rudy,

Thank you so much for sharing that link with everybody. I'm sure it will come in handy when we are doing things.
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Ok, here goes, I am also new to the forum. We are in the process of purchasing an approximately 23 year old double wide 24 x 63 in a park. I would like to add a 5 foot bump out to the end wall which has the master bedroom/bath to make it more liveable for us and intend to add a another closet at one end and more bedroom space. Obviously we have to extend the roof but what about removal of this end wall? Do you think they will allow it and what kind of costs are we looking at? Anybody with any ideas? I got perrmission from the park, by the way but they said we will have to get building permits (I intended to do that anyway) I also would like to remove one window and put a door in my son's room with a deck for him as he is handicapped (in case of emergency). I have lots of other remodeling ideas but my other main complaint/concern is the ceiling of those "panels" which I consider super ugly......can that be sheetrocked? Also can that type of ceiling be lifted or raised for a little more height in the living areas? I also intended to put in sheetrock and then foil insulation for additional r values. I like a cozy well insulated house. The house is a little dated but in good condition and has not been ragged out.
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Old 11-10-2008, 09:47 PM   #35
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Hi,

We just recently purchased our 2 bdrm 2 ba home and are very anxious to make many upgrades. The first thing we want to do is upgrade the kitchen cabinets - or at least refinish them because they have been painted so many times they look horrible. Then there is this lower breakfast bar that appears it may have been made for someone in a wheelchair, but we're not sure. The stove is there but it is raised. I will try to get my husband to take some pictures. Also, our oven is not working properly - it only heats on broil. The oven appears to be smaller than those in a stick built home. If I were to replace the oven could I replace it with a stick built model or do I need to purchase one from a mobile home supplier?

Thank you much for any advice.

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Old 11-10-2008, 10:44 PM   #36
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Dallas2miwuk, You really do want to check on the permit requirements. I had a mobile in Florida, and to add a room, you were required to not actually connect it to the mobile. They had a seal that connected the home to the addition. Not sure of the reasoning.
Daylene, after living in a mobile for 11 years, I learned a lot about working on them. Biggest problem I had was electrical switches. Mine were the large rocker type and although hardware stores sold ones that looked identical, they would not work. Found out they had to be made for mobiles. I had a stove replaced and it was a standard 30" size. You may need to increase the opening if yours is made specifically for a mobile. Luckily we had a mobile home supply business near us.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:27 PM   #37
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I am so glad I found ths forum. I've been wanting to remodel our home especially to accomadate a growing family. it's currently a 1 1/s bedroom, but I wanted to extend up the whole front of the trailer and add maybe another room or two. make it look more like a house plan than a mobile home flppr plan, I also wanted to redo the kitchen cabinets and tile the entire floor through the house bedrooms included, we have a bichon frise, and I dont like the idea of a dog and carpets. any ideas or suggestions would be great.. I've heard of people putting down ..I think hardy back before tiling.. is that great?
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Well, I have heard about hardy board being put down on the floor, but I have been advised by some people who live in mobile homes not to install tiles or anything else that needs something like plaster or grout, due to it cracking when it settles. I'm not sure about that, but I will definitely take it under advisement.
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Hi... Just as Anglpie2 did, I have just registered to this site because we are selling our "Traditional built home" and retiring to a pre-manufactured, on a foundation, located out in the country that will be ours "bought and paid for"....Wahooo! I want to first begin remodeling the interior, which includes removing those batting strips from the wall and making it look more like a stick built interior. An ealrlier post mentioned removing the strips and filling the cracks with a caulking or putty. Has anyone tried this yet? If so, what kind of success did you have? (next I will be tackling that "plastic looking" bathroom, but that's another day). I appreciate any response. Thank you and I am looking forward to future posts.
I took the wood strips off and I used drywall mud it's very hard to get it just right but it turnd out great now there is no seem's
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, but I have been advised by some people who live in mobile homes not to install tiles or anything else that needs something like plaster or grout, due to it cracking when it settles. .
One of the best ways to cure this is to use hardie on the floor that is mortared in and the seams taped. 1/2" is best
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I am so glad I found ths forum. I've been wanting to remodel our home especially to accomadate a growing family. it's currently a 1 1/s bedroom, but I wanted to extend up the whole front of the trailer and add maybe another room or two. make it look more like a house plan than a mobile home flppr plan, I also wanted to redo the kitchen cabinets and tile the entire floor through the house bedrooms included, we have a bichon frise, and I dont like the idea of a dog and carpets. any ideas or suggestions would be great.. I've heard of people putting down ..I think hardy back before tiling.. is that great?
The one thing you need to check on is the foundation that your home is sitting on. Mine has a proper crawlspace foundation with pads, Pier's and tie downs to help stabilize the home. Without it you get movement that runs havoc on tiles and drywall since the home moves so does everything else.
Another suggestion to flooring is Laminate, I hear lots of people with animals swear by this but not the cheap stuff, and you don't have the movement issue with that stuff either.
1/2" hardie motored in and seams taped is the best way to tile these places and don't forget to re screw the floor down. There are many different types of thin set and grout, and should have flexibility to them. Go to the flooring section of this forum and the tile experts over there will have the answers to this.
What we did is use tile in Entry, Laundry,Kitchen,Hall, Bathrooms. We put hardwood in living dinning and laminate it the bedrooms. It has worked out great even though we do not have Animals anymore.
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Can you tell me how you had the new pitch stick framed roof done, and what kind of price?
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Thanks for the words and welcome to 2007 and a way we go..
The foundation sounds like it would not be good enough for any drywall especialy 1/4" drywall. It would just crack.I would think with 2x6 walls thick vinal wallpaper should be fine but I just don't know.
This home has a 2' crawl space (concrete)with proper sized footings for 8x16 concrete blocks which are about every12 feet with 8x 16 concrete blocks see attachment.We also have cable and turnbuckles under the home which are ancored directly to the footings. Without a proper foundation theres going to be to much shifting for drywall work. As far as floors go if tiling make sure you screw the floors down before putting your new floors down, Use a good cement board and if going hardwood use plenty of nails.
The foundation work Stucco,electrical was hired out. Concrete work, stucco, new roof, some electrical, drywall was done before I bought the place but he did a terrible job on some of the things that I have since fixed and of course we have givin the place major Cosmetic Surgury. to much to mention but you do have the start of the right place to do all this with those 2x6 walls. go for it and keep in touch with us..
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It was a very easy and simple design and was done prior to me purchasing the place.
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Hi Darylh!

I just looked over the pics you sent me on the reno job you've done on your home! Wow! You're right, it sure doesn't look like a mobile home anymore!
Our mobile is a 1990 model and it has 2x6 wall construction, believe it or not! We only have it blocked underneath, no solid foundation of any kind. It's a 16x80 sized model. Overall it is in very good shape but it just needs some updating. The biggest question I had was about the shifting on the floors and walls because of the way it is blocked underneath - every eight feet on wooden piles which are laid on a 2x12 on the ground. The "wallpaper" is that prepapered vinyl stuff covering 1/4" drywall with the "joiner" strips that match. So none of the "drywall" has been taped or mudded, I guess for making it less damaging for the moving process. Do you think if I just wallpapered over these walls without the strips, would the wallpaper rip with movement over time? (I lived in a prefab modular house before moving here and I did the wallpaper and painting. This house was on a newer basement and it still shifted and the wallpaper ripped!) I would love to paint but I really hate those strips on the wall and paint would just show them up even more!! Do you think I could tape and mud these joints or would they just crack because of the "foundation"?
I know these are a lot of questions but you are the first person with experience in this area that I have been able to talk to. I appreciate any advice and help from you. I love what you did to your home and would love for my home to turn out as nice! The extra little touches like the moulding and trim sure make it classy. Love the colors too! You've done an awesome job! Thanks for the reply to my situation and I look forward to hearing back from you again some time. One more question: Did you do most of the work yourself or did you hire contractors? I am more of a diy'er and would love to tackle this place . I want to do it right and do more research and learn from other people's mistakes first before going all out on this home. Thanks again, you've inspired me!........................countrylifemom
Hi, I remodeled my master bathroom three years ago, and I painted right over the wall paper, it worked just fine. I hated painting over the wall strips, was such a pain. When I remodel my other bathroom I'm taking the strips down and putting calking in the seams. I'd of done the same in the master bath but I didn't know you could until two of my friends did it. Both my friends live in doublewides and haven't had any trouble.
Everyone tries to discourages anything I've started to do to my home, but thank goodness I didn't listen. Three years ago right after hurricane IKE I completely remodeled my master bath, I had horrible green carpet in there, and it even went up the tub. I ripped out my vanity, mirrors, lighting, carpet and even my towel racks. I had tile put in, tiled up my tub, and even up the wall, it's been three years and still in perfect condition. I had a carpenter come in and build me a new vanity, real wood, and granite on top. (I was also told granite was to heavy for a mobile home) I love it! I say do whatever you want to your home, don't let people discourage you, you,ll be happy you went for it.
When I win the lottery I'm ripping out the kitchen and putting real hard wood floors in there ...... they say not to do that either.
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Hello, I'm new here, and just learning. I live in a 1995 mobile, I remodeled the master bath three years ago. I'm going to try and post picture's of the before and after, but if it doesn't work, I tried
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