Manufactured homes (previously known as mobile homes) typically don't come with a porch, as they are transported from manufacturer to resident along highways and roads. Porches, patios and outdoor additions are added after-the-fact, when the home has been set up--and if the homeowner chooses to do so at his own expense. Manufactured home additions require a little more forethought and consideration than typical homes of wood, brick or stone, because of home limitations.
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Your manufactured home exteriors will be made of materials not always found on other homes, such as vinyl siding. This can be a difficult material to attach an additional outdoor area, so some homeowners elect to build a sun porch deck instead, without a roof or beams. Porch decks for the manufactured home can be from any material: wood, natural stone or brick when unattached. Manufactured home skirting--the vinyl or aluminium that hides the underpart of the mobile home and ground from outside view--needs to be considered when you decide on a deck material and colour to be complementary. Outfit the porch with porch furniture that has umbrella tops for tables and shades for swings, giving guests a respite from the sun, at times. And add a railing of similar deck material for safety.
Some manufactured homes have nothing more than a front door leading into their vinyl-sided abode and concrete steps leading up to it. Dress yours up with a freestanding pergola, one tall enough to match your manufactured home roof height. You can use Tuscan columns for your pergola and sit them atop your lawn in front of the home for a more natural porch look, or you can affix them to a porch made of concrete, wood or stone. The Fine House website offers pergola plans or prefabricated kits for the do-it-yourselfer.
Porches with Awnings
Porch awnings are an easy product to affix to a manufactured home compared to building a porch roof. Give your home porch protection from the elements with an awning. Awnings come in materials that lend themselves to being fixed or retracted, such as acrylic, aluminium or canvas. Make yours a motorised retractable awning and you can enjoy the sun on sunny days and prevent getting soaked on rainy ones. An awning doesn't need to be attached to your porch deck, so there's less work for you. Front Porch and More says it can even reduce your energy bills.
Build a wood porch that extends the length of your manufactured home and add a roof, railing sides and screen to it. It will be cheaper than adding on a complete room with windows, yet it will provide you and your guests with a greater amount of entertainment space outdoors. It will also protect you from the elements and pesky mosquitoes.
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