The mobile home of days gone by comes with a “boxy” look. That’s just the way they were made. In time, the mobile home morphed and changed into carrying a more home-like exterior. Nowadays, there is little difference to be noted in the exterior of a mobile home vs a stick-built home. 

But for those living in an older mobile home that’s still going strong, how does one mitigate the “boxy” look? How can you update it for a more modern aesthetic?

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Well, it’s a good thing you asked. There are a few things that can be done to help your older mobile home look less “boxy.”

5 Ways to make an older mobile home look less “boxy”

So how do you make an older mobile home look less “boxy?” We’ll share how. Some ideas require a little more hands-on effort than others. But at the end of the day, we think you’ll find these changes rewarding in making your mobile home a more pleasant place to live.

It’s nice to come home to a cozier, welcoming place to rest and play.

Let’s see what options are available to you in revamping your old mobile home’s look.

1 – Add a classy porch

First of all, let’s look at adding a porch. Be forewarned, there may be laws in your locality in regards to whether the porch can be attached to your mobile home’s exterior. It may need to remain unattached to the exterior, which is fine. You can still make it work without tampering with your mobile home’s HUD label.

A porch can increase any mobile home’s house-like feel. There are a variety of designs out there, worth considering for your home’s exterior. So consider what you want in a porch and get to it! Hire a contractor if you’re not too sure about taking the project on yourself.

2 – New paint job

Second, consider painting the siding of your mobile home. The metal panels are looking dated, it’s time to spruce up your mobile home siding. 

This is a great do it yourself job, but if you’re apprehensive a contractor can help with that too. A good exterior latex will accomplish the mission. Don’t get too crazy about the colors — keep it neutral, especially if you hope to sell later on.

3 – Faux skirting

Another way to dampen the older mobile home look is to get some faux skirting installed. Forget metal paneling for the skirting. That’ll date the mobile home in no time at all. You need to take matters into your own hands and own the faux skirting. With faux skirting you’re looking at easy installation for a brick or stone look — take your pick. Choose something classy and get it done. 

You’ll love the increased sense of quality it brings to your mobile home. Faux skirting is a big win for updating your older mobile home.

4 – Add window shutters

For the look of a more home-like structure, it’s time to get your hands on some window shutters. By installing window shutters on your home, you’re breaking up the boring surfaces of your mobile home. It brings another layer of dimension to it and it brings a positive aesthetic to the exterior. Make sure you choose a shutter color that contrasts well against the siding color. 

5 – Upgrade the roof

Try upgrading your older mobile home’s roof. See about going for the perma-roof as this couple did. The perma-roof provided better energy efficiency while giving their otherwise boxy home some roof eaves. A more home-like look was in order and the perma-roof contributed to that. Having material that overhangs beyond the wall of your home structure is not only helpful but it gives off the look you want in a home — that is if boxy is what you want to steer clear from. 

Be proud of your mobile home

Even an older mobile home can be made into something fresh and exciting. It’s your home and it’s up to you to make it a place that beckons to you. Whether it’s boxy or sleek, take ownership and pride in your home.

Make your home shine with some updates and changes.

As you attempt to freshen up your older mobile home with a new look and modern feel, you’ll appreciate these tips for scuff removal. It’s time to get those interior walls looking like new. Additionally, you’ll want to revamp your interior’s decor — have you considered bringing nature indoors? You may like the aesthetic that arises from nature’s touch. 

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