It’s no secret that mobile home kitchens leave a bit to be desired in the looks department. Many stock kitchens in modular homes lack character. Worse, the stock kitchens in older mobile homes really show their wear today. All right, so you want to remodel your mobile home kitchen—that’s a given! The question, though, is how to go about this.
In this post, we’ll give you a quick overview of how to plan your kitchen renovation. We’ll talk about the current state of your kitchen, your budget, walls, and more. Let’s get started!
Step 1: How Bad Is Your Kitchen?
First of all, you need to figure out just how many changes your kitchen needs. Start with your flooring. What condition is it in? If you’re unhappy with your flooring, you’ll want to replace it. You can choose new vinyl or tile flooring. Of course, you’ll want to consider the look of your flooring in relation to everything else. Are you going to replace your cupboards? Stove? Refrigerator? You want all of your new fixtures, appliances, and flooring to create a unified look, so don’t pick flooring without thinking about these other things.
Step 2: Your Budget
Obviously, you need to keep your mobile home kitchen renovations realistic. You don’t want to dive into something, then find you can’t afford to finish it. After you’ve figured out what you want to renovate, it’s time to crunch the numbers. How much can you afford to spend on the project as a whole? Once you come up with a number, consider dialing that number back by 20% to account for unexpected costs. I.e., if you can spend $1000 total on your renovation, set your budget at $800 to be safe. That way, when unexpected costs come up (and they will!), you won’t find yourself in trouble.
Step 3: Take Note of Your Walls
Here’s one area where mobile home renovation is NOT like remodeling a site-built home: you can’t modify load-bearing walls in a mobile home! If you remove a load-bearing wall, you’re actually putting yourself in danger. Which walls are load-bearing, and which aren’t? Generally speaking, the external walls in all mobile homes are load-bearing. In a double-wide, the walls on the marriage line ARE load-bearing, as well. See this post on McGarryandMadsen.com for more information.
Step 4: Decide What To Renovate
If your budget isn’t as large as you hoped, don’t despair. You can still do many kitchen renovations for dirt cheap—even for free!
Here’s a great idea from Mobile Home Remodeling: The Ultimate Guide—find “new-to-you” cabinets. Why spend top dollar on brand new cabinets, when you can get gently used ones for peanuts? As that article points out, you can find lots of used kitchen fixtures, including cabinets, at your local Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Plus, when you buy from the ReStore, you’re supporting Habitat for Humanity, which provides housing for people who can’t afford it.
Speaking of the ReStore, you might also find a new stove, fridge, or table and chairs there. A mobile home kitchen renovation doesn’t have to break the bank, especially when you shop second-hand.
The Bottom Line
Remodeling your mobile home kitchen doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the right planning and the right knowledge, you can do this! Just make sure you take detailed notes as you make your plans. Best of luck—and let us know how your project turns out.
Image in public domain, from Pixabay. Guest Post By Mobile Home Parts Store.