Short on Space but Big on Style: A Classy Update for a 1970s Mobile Home

Short on Space but Big on Style: A Classy Update for a 1970s Mobile Home

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Nancy Mitchell
Jun 7, 2016
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We write a lot about tiny houses here on Apartment Therapy, and every time we do, commenters are quick to point out that tiny houses (most of which are built on trailers, for flexibility, or to get around minimum size restrictions for permanent structures) are really just glorified mobile homes. So we thought we'd share this story about an actual mobile home, a 1970s doublewide that got a thoroughly modern (and incredibly stylish) makeover.

One California couple was looking to upgrade from a one-bedroom apartment when the husband, while house hunting, came across a solution they hadn't thought of before: a mobile home. Specifically, he stumbled upon a neighborhood of mobile homes, was drawn to its strong sense of community, and realized that this could be the perfect way to get all of the benefits of a single-family home: privacy, flexibility, outdoor space — without all of the cost.

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They decided to take the plunge into homeownership with a 1970s doublewide, which then underwent a complete gut renovation. The main goal for the renovation was to open up the space and give it a strong connection to the outdoors. At 1500 square feet this home is much larger than most tiny houses — although still a lot smaller than your average suburban house. Smart design choices mean this two-bedroom, two-bathroom trailer lives like a much larger home.

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The couple's designer covered the double-sided fireplace between the home's kitchen and living room in slate, which gives the space a warm, modern feel. A deck (seen up top) connects the kitchen to the home's petite backyard, a perfect spot for whiling away the summer nights.

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To see the rest of the house (including lots of stylish solutions for homes of any size), check out the full tour at Better Homes and Gardens.

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