Monday, June 17, 2013

The Most Amazing Mobile Home Renovations


Growing up I lived in a singlewide trailer out in the middle of nowhere. It was a huge source of embarrassment for me in my teen years. My family had inherited some property and since they were renting before, they of course jumped on the opportunity to be homeowners. I hated that trailer. It was from the 70’s and completely looked like it. So much wood paneling... so much. After awhile we started to do some renovations and even added two extra bedrooms and made it look less and less like a trailer inside, but the outside always looked like a run down mobile home.

Eventually my parents upgraded their trailer to a stick built home. It was honestly a huge relief for my self conscious, self centered, arrogant teenage mind (hey, I know I was a big selfish brat, but I’m just being honest. Teenagers are sensitive). If you don’t know what a stick built is it’s sort of a step up from a mobile home. They’re completely pre-fabricated homes and can be customized completely how you want it. Everything was new and we felt rich or something. I can’t help but laugh about how awful I was. Sorry parents!

Now that I’m older and thinking about debt and the cost of living and what kind of life I want to give my kid, I can’t help but think about these cheaper and eco-friendly options. I’m not sure if I’m ready to jump all over buying a mobile home, but I’m not exactly anti-mobile home living. There’s a huge movement of people buying mobile homes or stick builts because they want to live a debt free life- and buying a home that could cost you less than your car seems do-able. They’re buying total fixer uppers for just a few thousand, and then spending their extra cash making everything look awesome. When they’re all said and done the cost is so low you’ll just want to cry. The idea is to spend less, have less waste, and to focus on the more important things in life. Mobile home/stick built advocates believe in living in smaller spaces, much like the tiny home movement I go nuts over.

When you see some of these mobile home makeovers you’ll pretty much die. It’s amazing that you can live in a beautiful home for a fraction of what someone else might pay for a more traditional home. 
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And yes, I am aware that mobile homes depreciate every year like cars, but stick builts do not. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

So what about you? Would you do something like this? Do you think it's totally crazy? I personally love it and it makes so much sense to me. 

If you liked this post, you should check out my crazy sharing of Tiny Homes. Another slight obsession of mine on this blog and on Pinterest.

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