How to Remodel a Single-wide Mobile Home Into a House

Updated February 21, 2017

Remodelling a single-wide mobile home to resemble a traditional house does not require hiring a professional. If you have basic carpentry skills, this task can be done by many do-it-yourselfers. Mobile homes commonly are built with items not found in traditional homes -- for example, wood panelling. Primer and paint will make a wall look like drywall instead of a wood-panelled wall. Allow sufficient time to remodel your single-wide mobile home into a house.

Remove any nails or screws in the panelling on all walls in the mobile home with a pry bar. Wash the panelling with dish washing detergent, a shop rag and warm water. Washing the panelling prepares it for the primer and paint.

Apply putty to all cracks and holes in the panelling with a putty knife. Allow the putty to dry according to the manufacturer's directions. Gently sand the putty and panelling with 100-grit sandpaper until it is flush with the panelling.

Paint the panelling with 100 per cent latex primer. Wait for the primer to dry then paint all of the interior walls with a latex-based paint.

Install shutters on the exterior of the mobile home. When selecting a colour for the shutters, choose one to complement the exterior colour of the mobile home but add a dramatic touch -- for example, if your mobile home has tan siding, you may want to purchase blue or green shutters.

Remove all carpet and laminate flooring in the mobile home. Cut out the flooring with a utility knife and pry it away from the subfloor with a pry bar. Remove any tack strips with the pry bar and hammer. Install hardwood or laminate flooring in all rooms of your single-wide mobile home according to the manufacturer's instructions. Hardwood or laminate flooring creates the appearance of a traditional home.

Replace both exterior doors on the mobile home with new ones. Select exterior doors with designer windows to resemble a traditional home door. Mobile home doors are smaller than traditional home doors so be sure to measure your doors and take these measurements with you when purchasing your exterior doors. Otherwise, you will have to cut the doors to fit.

Update all light fixtures in your mobile home. Typically, mobile homes have globe ceiling light fixtures; these do not reflect a traditional home appearance. Turn off the power to the mobile home and unscrew the globe light fixture base with a screwdriver. Untwist the colour-coded wires and install a new updated light fixture. Twist the colour-coded wires together and secure the fixture to the ceiling with the screws provided and a drill. Turn on the power and test the fixture.

Things You'll Need

  • Pry bar
  • Dish washing detergent
  • Shop rag
  • Putty
  • Putty knife
  • 100-grit sandpaper
  • 100 per cent latex primer
  • Latex-based paint
  • Shutters
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer
  • Exterior doors
  • Light fixtures
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
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Stephanie Nolan has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles appear on various websites, where she specializes in topics about home improvement, parenting and interior design. Nolan holds an Associate of Applied Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.