One of the most common myths about manufactured homes is that they’re all the same. In fact, there are many ways to customize them. If you’re thinking of moving to a manufactured or modular home, you will undoubtedly want to express your family’s unique identity and design choices. Here are some of the ways that you can customize a manufactured home to make it truly yours.
5 Interior Design Options for Manufactured Homes
Not only are there numerous manufactured home layouts available, but you can pick and choose many different interior features.The elements that surround you each day when you wake up, cook a meal, or just relax with family should add up to a pleasant experience. Here are some design ideas to customize your home.
1. Interior Color Palette
Color not only reflects trends but also sets the mood for your home. A neutral palette like our Coastal or Seaglass collections provide a backdrop for a calming, beachy Florida feeling or a more modern and elegant vibe. The nature-inspired tones of our Sedona or Lagoona collections can set up a cozy or traditional feeling. These are just a couple of examples for color schemes that can flow through paint, countertop and flooring colors.
2. Flooring Options
Speaking of flooring, the materials and colors of your floor do more to set the tone inside your home than most other interior features. Premium vinyl or water-proof vinyl plank flooring that mimics the look of hardwood or tile gives you a classy look for a price that won’t break the bank. You can also choose from a variety of colors and styles, giving your home a custom feel throughout.
3. Upgraded Kitchen and Bathroom Features
When you select your manufactured home, you can upgrade the sinks, cabinets, countertops and backsplashes in the kitchens or bathrooms.
Sinks double as functional and artistic interior features. In the kitchen, choose between durable standard stainless or white double-bowl sinks. Or, upgrade with deep, single or double bowls or farm sinks for added space and washing.
Manufactured homes are typically economical, but that doesn’t mean they’re short on storage space. Cabinets made in an in-house cabinet shop can be customized to meet your storage needs as well as create your ideal layout.
The look of countertops does a lot for the kitchen’s personality. Choose from many countertop laminates available, or you may like Corian or granite countertops, in a color or shape to suit your style and meal preparation habits.
A backsplash gives depth of color and texture to walls. Upgrade to a full tile or glass kitchen backsplash in the latest styles and colors to protect your walls from water or grease splatters while keeping them modern.
4. Energy Efficiency
If saving money and reducing your environmental impact are among your values, a manufactured home makes a lot of sense. Start with faucet aerators and low-flow toilets to reduce water usage. A whole-house positive ventilation system, along with exhaust fans and roof vents can help your air conditioner handle Florida’s heat and humidity with less effort. ENERGY STARⓇ-rated shingles and excellent insulation decrease heat or air conditioning loss.
5. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate
Of course, a house is not a home without personal décor. Imagine your new home, in the ideal floor plan, filled with family photos and mementos from your life’s adventures. Browse our Pinterest boards, and surround yourself with things that make you happy.
4 Ways to Add Curb Appeal Outside Your Manufactured Home
Let people know your house is your own from the minute they walk up to it. Numerous customization options, combined with your own self-expression, make your home’s exterior unique.
1. Porches and Decks
A porch or deck greatly enhances the look of a home’s exterior and even makes it appear larger. In addition, it creates more outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining. Choose from a porch that spans the front of the house only or wraps around and customize it with dormers or overhangs. Or go with a wraparound deck for a place to soak up the sun on those gorgeous Florida winter days. If you choose to skip the porch or deck, skirting helps create a more finished look to your manufactured home.
2. Landscaping and Gardening
Thanks to Florida’s subtropical climate, it’s possible to have something blooming practically all year. Whether you have a green thumb and manage your own landscaping, or hire someone to execute your vision, the effects can totally change the look of your manufactured home. Try adding greenery next to your front door, along borders and walkways, and on your porch itself. Potted plants also make a nice option, since they’re easy to care for and you can bring them inside when preparing for a hurricane or a heavy storm. Native Florida plants are an especially good option since they will tend to grow better with less water and fertilizer, costing less overall. Certain plants even attract butterflies and other pollinators.
Awnings add character and style while also performing a practical function. They reduce heat inside your home, direct rainfall away from the base of the house, and enhance privacy. Choose from a variety of awnings to go over windows or doors.
4. Your Own Touches
Just as indoors, you can make your house unique with personal outdoor touches. Choose furniture you love for your porch or deck. Add a fun mailbox, flags, windchimes, birdhouses, bat boxes, or exterior lights. A colorfully decorated rain barrel can collect water that you use for your plants. If you live in a lifestyle community, make sure to check the regulations for what you can and cannot display outside your home. Other than that, the sky's the limit!