A kitchen remodel is one of the best home improvement projects you can do for your home in terms of building value. However, for mobile home owners there are some things you’ll need to know when planning on a mobile home kitchen remodel for your home. I’ll go over some of the tips and tricks you’ll want to know if you’re planning on remodeling the kitchen in your mobile home.
Remodeling a kitchen in a mobile home is similar to a standard stick built house in many aspects. However, there are some key differences that you’ll need to know before you start any sort of demolision on the kitchen in order to complete the project. Although the tips below are more centered around a mobile home kitchen remodel they may also apply to standard stick built homes as well.
Know the Plumbing
Plumbing pipes in a mobile home can be much different than regular homes. And depending on the age of the mobile home the plumbing supplies you’ll need may not even be allowed any more. If your mobile home was made prior to 1980 you’ll likely need to do changeovers when it comes to the plumbing of your home. One of the best ways to change over plumbing at specific areas is to use shark bite fittings to connect two different types of pipes. If you’re not altering the plumbing take not to move it and put it under stress and older pipes can be more brittle.
How Far are You Going?
Sometimes just a simple flooring change and changing cabinet doors can be a huge change in smaller kitchens. However, for some mobile home kitchen remodels the project can call for removing walls and stripping the kitchen bare before adding new components. Be when removing walls and such that electrical connections and wiring is being inspected and replace as needed. Since many mobile homes will have wiring in the ceiling it’s important to realize that when removing walls with electrical sockets or light switches that they will need to be dealt with.
Consider the Triangle in the Kitchen
Mobile homes are designed to make use of small spaces and get the most use from them. In the kitchen there is a triangle that is usually used that includes the refrigerator, stove, and sink. The area between these items is known as the triangle. Keeping the triangle as close as you can is a must if you want the kitchen to flow and work properly.
Ensure Walls and Ceilings are Sturdy Enough
Adding new walls and ceiling materials is a typical upgrade for many mobile home owners. During the mobile home kitchen remodel there are structural issues that you’ll want to consider. For instance, if the ceiling is only supported by 2×2 pine stripes you likely shouldn’t put 5/8 drywall and then a decorative layer. The weight may cause the ceiling to sag later. If you’re insistent on using drywall consider adding more support in the ceiling and possibly the walls to support the additional weight.
Ensure the Home is Level First
Unlike traditional homes a mobile home can become not level over time. Building or remodeling in the mobile during this time will mean that once the home is level everything you’ve just built won’t be. Take the time to make sure the home is level before doing any sort of mobile home remodel project.
Insulation Can Save You Money
Don’t overlook the insulation in your project. Many mobile homes don’t have adequate insulation especially older models. Whenever you’re doing a mobile home kitchen remodel be sure to include replacing or upgrading the insulation. It can have a huge effect on your energy costs and it’s typically not that expensive.